Healthy Living Grant Program

At City of Hope, our mission is to provide our service area with community benefit that decreases health disparities. We achieve this through our efforts to address the root causes that create barriers to good health. Knowing that exercise and a healthy lifestyle reduces the risks of cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases, we have established the Healthy Living Community Grant Program.  

The Healthy Living Community Grant Program is awarding $5,000 grants to groups/organizations that can demonstrate not-so-ordinary, sustainable and collaborative approaches to promoting healthy living through good nutrition, physical activity, cancer and diabetes prevention or smoking cessation.
Applicants must provide services, for vulnerable populations, within the Greater San Gabriel Valley. Proposals must incorporate at least one of these nine strategies:
  1. Motivate adults to be more physically active.
  2. Encourage adolescents to be more physically fit.
  3. Motivate people ages 2 and older to eat more fruits.
  4. Encourage people ages 2 and older to eat more vegetables.
  5. Enhance the physical and mental health of cancer survivors.
  6. Help people with pre-diabetes make lifestyle changes that reduce their high risk of developing diabetes.
  7. Keep children, adolescents and young adults from using tobacco products (including e-cigarettes).
  8. Teach people more healthy living practices so they will change their lifestyles (e.g., cancer screening, nutrition education, wellness, etc.).
  9. Promote changes in government policies and built environments that help people lead healthier lives (in other words, “How can we create places to live that encourage healthy behaviors?”).
The City of Hope Healthy Living Grant (HLG) recipients use our funding to make a difference. We know this because we went out and watched them work. Many broke down barriers to healthy living and lifestyles by providing much-needed support in the languages its community members speak. Others provided knowledge and education that help change the perspectives of individuals coming to their community. We have seen gardens grow, kids walk to school safely and early morning walkers getting in exercise before most other people’s days have begun. We have heard these programs delivered in Mandarin, Spanish and English. In order to effectively share what we have learned from our grantees, we want to provide them with an opportunity to showcase their work (in our local vulnerable communities). To help them get ready, we assisted them in reporting their evaluation data and taught them how to turn those numbers into compelling 15-minute presentations. Then we provided each grantee with an opportunity share their findings at our yearly conference and awards luncheon (see the 2018 presentations here).
Each year the City of Hope Community Benefit Advisory Council sits downs and reviews all the HLG submissions. After hours of reviewing the submissions individually, the HLG committee meets to discuss the each one and make their final recommendation for awardees. These recommendations are presented to the entire council for a vote. This year, the grantees represent an incredible group of non-profit organizations that are working hard to create impact in the lives of the people they serve. Below are brief details of the 2018 Healthy Living Grant recipients. 

2018 Healthy Living Grantees

Tzu Chi Medical Foundation
Tzu Chi Cancer Awareness Program. Cancer Education, outreach and screening program in the Chinese Community within the San Gabriel Valley.
American Heart Association
Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Health Initiative (AANHPI). Utilizing a cross-sector approach to address the health disparities in AANHPI communities. The Initiative’s common agenda is threefold: 1) Develop strong relationships between AANHPI communities and to recognize, prioritize and address health disparities, 2) Consolidate and coordinate mutually reinforcing activities of organizations to eliminate duplication and maximize shared resources, 3) Analyze and tailor currently-used evidence-based strategies that will work for AANHPI communities served.
The Initiative will lead to understanding the most effective processes and pathways for engaging AANHPI in policy change that result in successful compliance and eventual community norm change so it can create a comprehensive culture of health.
Charles R. Drew University
Move Your Feet Then Eat. The Move Your Feet Then Eat project involves the collaboration of volunteer health professionals to promote healthier lifestyles through multicultural dance and food preparation classes. Students of the proposed project will have an opportunity to learn dance styles and healthy food choices from different cultures. Move Your Feet Then Eat will encourage K-12 students of SPA-6 to express themselves, promote teamwork, and increase confidence while fighting obesity and the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Common  Threads – LA office
Common Threads Garden Bites: Experiential Garden and Nutrition Education for Children. To implement and evaluate three sessions of our Garden Bites program (15 lessons each) with 75 children. The Garden Bites program provides the skills and knowledge to choose and prepare healthy, fresh food on their own and with their families. The evaluation will help to determine the impact the program has on childhood obesity, and related co-morbidities, in addition to knowledge and behavior change.
City of Montclair
Montclair Medical Clinic: Improving the Social Determinants of Health. Addressing social determinants of health through the implementation of a promotora model. The promotoras will conduct follows-up calls or visits with patients after their initial visit to confirm they received the care needed or if needed and possible, assist with any challenges/barriers. Individuals are linked to promotora via Montclair Medical Clinic and/or Montclair Senior Center.
Mychal’s Learning Place
Afterschool Program. The After School Program was created to help young people with developmental disabilities build strong, meaningful lives on many levels. It takes place immediately following regular school hours and is designed to help kids build life skills – the capabilities that will allow them to take responsibility for their own lives, to make good decisions and to learn how to solve problems. Included in that curriculum are health-related activities that address immediate physical and mental health needs and provide a base for a long-term approach to a healthy life.
Santa Anita Family YMCA
YMCA "Get Summer-Get Fit" & Initiative. “Get Summer, Get Fit” is an LA-Y initiative, offering teens ages 12-17 FREE YMCA memberships June 1 through July 31. In addition to swimming, basketball, cardio equipment, weight training, etc., Get Summer features special workshops (i.e. healthy cooking clinics, positive body image, etc.) thanks to additional partnerships. We also offer special fitness classes designed exclusively for teens and dedicated “Teens Only” gym and pool times!
Inland Valley Council of Churches – Inland Valley Hope Partners
Healthy Living. Our Healthy Living program fits well within our three prong strategy to move families and individuals toward self-sufficiency.
Homeless families and individuals, as well as low income families and individuals have access to our food security program, where they are also made aware of our housing programs, and our healthy living program. We offer recipes for the fresh produce to clients of the food security program, as well as to residents of our family shelter, and shoppers at the Farmers' Market. It creates opportunities for clients to learn the benefits of different types of produce and fruit.
Catalyst San Gabriel Valley
Healthiest Loser. Campus-wide initiative that will focus on a discreet and holistic approach to a healthy and flourishing teen lifestyle as opposed to just about losing weight. We will use a three month window as the active phase for students involved. We also want to see this project as a kick starter to lifelong health changes, not just a short-term activity.
We want to recruit outside community resources who could help be healthy lifestyle coaches in nutrition/healthy cooking, physical training, and mindfulness/mental health to our sample students. We also want to recruit existing groups on campus or in the school district that can help us with the various goals, like our mental health department, medical academy, garden club, and culinary department.

We will have a spring 2019 release for the next cycle of Healthy Living grants.   Be sure to check back in with us to get the new application so you can become a part of this incredible program.

2018 City of Hope Community Building Grant Recipients

San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership

Healthy San Gabriel Valley. The primary health strategy that this project will tackle is: to promote changes in government policies and built environments that help people lead healthier lives. Although we understand that it is critical to address key health related issues such as obesity, diabetes, mental health, and access to care, this project emphasizes the need to address systems change through collaboration and capacity building of local cities to address policies, access to care, and the built environment.

Please note: The 2019 call for applications is now open through April 5, 2019. For more information, please contact Nancy Clifton-Hawkins at: [email protected].