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Apply: Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative Local-Level Campaign Grants

If you are a community-based organizations, Tribal organization, or collaborative/partnership working to develop local-level campaigns that address reduction in stigma, and enhance behavioral health literacy for children, youth, families and communities, and increase help-seeking behavior and wellness support, apply for this award.

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of Health Equity (OHE) is developing and implementing local-level public education and change campaigns as part of the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI).

The CDPH, OHE intends to award approximately 25 to 30 local-level grants to 501(c)(3) community-based organizations (CBOs) or Tribal organizations or collaborative/partnerships to develop local-level campaigns that address reduction in stigma, and enhance behavioral health literacy for children, youth, families and communities, and increase help-seeking behavior and wellness support. Public education and change campaigns will be co-designed by youth and caregivers with these values in mind: advancing equity, designing for youth by youth, centering children and youth, empowering caregivers and communities, and stigma reduction.

The CDPH, OHE is partnering with the Public Health Institute (PHI) to implement the Local-Level Campaigns. This partnership between PHI and the CDPH, OHE aims to facilitate a deep investment in children and youth (ages 0-25), parents and caregivers who live in communities that are historically unserved, underserved and inappropriately served, including five priority populations, which will enable select local organizations to develop youth-centered, and co-created public health campaigns. Priority populations include: African Americans/Black, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Latinos, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning communities with special consideration for transitional-age youth, persons with disabilities, justice and foster care involved youth and those living in rural areas.

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See page 13 to find a hard copy of the application for planning purposes only. Applications will only be accepted through the online portal, managed by PHI CWN. The mandatory, non-binding Letter of Intent will also be accepted through the online portal.

Key Dates for the Application Process:

RFA Announcement Release – December 1, 2023
Informational Webinar – December 12, 2023 | 11am-12:30pm PT
Office Hours 1 – December 14, 2023 (scheduling link will be posted on website)
Letter of Intent Due – December 18, 2023 5pm PT **Mandatory, Non-Binding**
Office Hours 2 – January 5, 2024 (scheduling link will be posted on website)
RFA Deadline – January 16, 2024, 2pm PT
Application Review –  January 22 – February 2, 2024
Award Notification – No later than February 15

Please send any questions to this email: CYBHI.Local@wellness.phi.org.

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations must meet the following minimum requirements to apply for this opportunity:

  • The organization must have an office physically located in California.
  • The organization must provide services in California.
  • The organization must be a 501(c)(3) CBO or Tribal organization or collaborative/partnership where there is one prime applicant that is a 501(C)(3) CBO or Tribal organization and partners are also CBOs and Tribal organizations.
  • Must have demonstrated experience partnering with children and youth from one or more of the five priority populations.
  • Organizations (and their partners) must be inclusive and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status in any of its activities or operations.

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