Community Partnership Grants

Population Health - Community Partnership Grant Program

Behavioral Health Initiative

For more than 20 years, Cottage Health has been providing grants to community-based organizations, totaling more than $12 million in funding to improve the health of our community.

The Community Partnership Grants program is committed to funding efforts that will address community needs through evidence-based interventions.

Beginning in 2017, the Community Partnership Grants have an initiative-level focus on behavioral health. Designed to lead toward a collective impact approach, the initiative seeks to support deeper collaboration among community organizations and create alignment of efforts toward addressing shared goals and outcomes.

Behavioral health was identified as a top priority area based on Cottage Health’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment and Listening Tour.

Additionally, Cottage Health conducted an environmental scan of Santa Barbara County’s health and health-related nonprofits that revealed opportunities to support organizations in increasing access and addressing barriers to utilizing behavioral health services, which include mental health and substance abuse.

2020 Behavioral Health Initiative Grants

Cottage Health is now accepting applications for the 2020 Behavioral Health Initiative grants. These grants will continue the initiative-level focus on behavioral health through support of the following:

  1. Expansion and/or enhancement of existing behavioral health programs/services and
  2. Policy and system changes (internal or external) that will support the expansion and/or enhancement of behavioral health efforts.

To learn more about the grants and how to apply, download the full Request for Proposals and application.

Application Workshop

An application workshop will be held on Friday, August 16 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Burtness Auditorium. RSVP to attend here.

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance for evaluation planning is available to applicants through September 4. To sign-up, e-mail Ama Atiedu at with a list of the times when you are available for a 30-minute phone meeting. Please plan to include program staff on the call.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019.

2019 Behavioral Health Initiative Grant Recipients and Programs

  • AHA! (Attitude. Harmony. Achievement.) - AHA! Junior High Peace Builders

  • Carpinteria Children’s Project - Carpinteria Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening and Intervention

  • Child Abuse Listening Mediation - Santa Barbara Resiliency Project

  • Doctors Without Walls - Santa Barbara Street Medicine - Behavioral Health Services for Unsheltered Populations

  • Family Service Agency - School-Based Mental Health (Expanded)

  • Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara - Supportive Services Program

  • Pacific Pride Foundation - Counseling for LGBTQ+/HIV Communities

  • Sanctuary Centers - The Integrated Care Clinic

  • Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation - Westside Health Collaborative

  • Santa Barbara County Education Office - Welcome Every Baby

  • Storyteller Children’s Center - Behavioral Health Services for Homeless Preschool Children and Families

The 2019 Community Partnership Grants Behavioral Health Initiative supports the expansion and enhancement of existing behavioral health programs or services through integration of these programs or services into new settings, such as schools, primary care, etc.

As part of the initiative-level approach, grantees partner with one or more community organizations for their program or service. Grantees also receive evaluation support through workshops, peer-learning, and one-on-one technical assistance, all of which is intended to foster collaboration and alignment of goals and outcomes.

Additional Resources

Behavioral Health Initiative Request for Proposals

Behavioral Health Initiative Application

Behavioral Health Initiative Logic Model Template

Behavioral Health Initiative Evaluation Plan Template

Behavioral Health Initiative Work Plan Template

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

2019 Behavioral Health Initiative Overview

Population Health - 2019 Behavioral Health Initiative Overview

Population Health's Behavioral Health Initiative Pre-Application Workshop on August 8, 2018 introduced the 2019 Behavioral Health Initiative Grants.

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