Wellbeing Microgrants engage people of all ages in Santa Monica and the West LA area looking to make a positive change in their community.
Designed to empower local leadership, we provide up to $500 and support from our team to bring to life ideas for small scale action to improve community wellbeing.
Applications are now closed!
Applications are screened to determine if they are complete and meet all guidelines.
Applications are evaluated by external reviewers.
Applications that best meet the criteria are considered for funding.
The project team considers the evaluation feedback, available funds, & the mix of ideas for final selection.
All applicants will be notified via email.
What Does "Wellbeing" Mean?
The dimensions of wellbeing are listed below, with questions to help prompt ideas for your Microgrant project:
How might I improve the sense of community & connection in my neighborhood?
What entrepreneurial skills or ideas can I bring to my community?
What can I do to promote the mental & physical health of my neighbors?
Place & Planet
What action can I take in my community to promote sustainable habits, reduce waste or make it a more thriving place to be?
How can I share my skills and knowledge? Or, what learning gaps do I see in my community that I could help address?
Applications are evaluated based on the following:
Applications must be complete & submitted by the deadline.
Individuals only (Non-profits, existing businesses & other entities are not eligible).
All funds granted must be used solely for the stated project.
No more than one Microgrant will be awarded to one project (funds cannot be pooled).
Funds cannot be used for religious or political activities (including political campaigns, rallies or fundraisers).
Projects must not alter or permanently affect any public or private space without expressed written consent of the owner of the space.
Project applicant is responsible for compliance with all IRS regulations.
Key dates for the current round of Wellbeing Microgrants can be found here!
Microgrant project applications open
August 19 + 21
In-person and virtual
application help sessions
New project leaders awarded
Project leader orientations
Projects begin! See calendar below for dates and to participate.
Project leader celebration
September - November
Projects are underway: Workshop offerings and office hours for leaders.
Project Period Ends
Leaders submit final reports
Commendations ceremony for leaders