Wellbeing Microgrants are a new approach to engage and support Santa Monica residents looking to make a positive change in their community. Designed to empower residents, the City will provide up to $500 for ideas that are focused on small scale action to improve community wellbeing.
Microgrants have been awarded for the City of Santa Monica's Wellbeing Microgrants pilot program!
Out of 21 total applications, these eight projects were selected. In creative and exceptional ways, they each focus on aspects of community including trust, loneliness, inclusivity, and social interaction. Selection was based on the Evaluation Criteria listed below.
This project brings together elementary age students from the Edison Language Academy and Spanish-speaking senior citizens in Pico. The students will record Spanish-language interviews with seniors about their lives.
Guardar la fecha: Fiesta de escucha, 18 de diciembre en Edison / Save the Date: Listening Party, December 18 at Edison
At the Pop-Up Adventure Playground, neighbors of all ages are invited to work together to transform an empty lot into an urban oasis of connection, creativity, and child-directed play.
Save the Date: October 21, 2018, 1-4pm, Lot at 2018 19th Street
A collaborative event for Pico neighborhood community organizations who are currently involved in civic engagement and social projects supporting African-American youth, culture and achievement, past and present.
Save the Date: November 17, 2018
A community dinner and cookbook series inviting chefs who cook from recipes that reflect the Santa Monica Pico community’s history.
Save the Date: December 15, 2018
Se realizarán una serie de talleres para gente de la tercera edad en los que se elaborarán canastas de papel periódico, que después se pintarán y se elaborarán flores de colores con papel.
Guardar las fechas: los viernes 28 de septiembre hasta el 2 de noviembre de 2018 en el parque Virginia - Patio Room, 6-7pm
Una serie de talleres que compartirán recetas simples y saludables para alentar las conexiones de la comunidad para niños, adolescentes y padres.
¡Más información a seguir!
A series of knitting classes emphasizing stress relief through manual activities for residents of the Pico neighborhood.
Guardar las fechas: los jueves 27 de septiembre hasta el 25 de octubre de 2018 en el parque Virginia - Annex, 6:30-8pm
A set of workshops that bring together the Latinx and Ethiopian communities in the Pico neighborhood to discuss shared experiences and challenges.
Details coming soon!
Check back for more Microgrant opportunities.
The Office of Civic Wellbeing has met with each grantee to finalize implementation plans and measurement, and the Mayor awarded their checks at an informal Virginia Avenue Park community reception on August 27. The projects are now on their way! This is a new process for all involved, with City staff learning alongside community members. We are excited to get the projects started. Thanks for joining us!
Microgrant activities will be posted to the website as project dates are confirmed. This initiative is a key component of the first phase of the Pico Wellbeing Project.
City government alone cannot address community wellbeing. We need to create ways for everyone, from individual residents to nonprofits and private businesses, to do what they can to move the needle on wellbeing, so that our City reflects the best of all of us. This is why we are piloting a new approach to engage and support Santa Monica residents through Wellbeing Microgrants. Using funds provided by the Culture of Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the City will award up to $500 to support individuals who want to implement ideas that focus on small scale action to improve community wellbeing.
Based on key findings from the Wellbeing Index, we will be looking to strengthen Community - one of the six dimensions the City uses to measure our wellbeing progress. We have identified four specific areas within the Community dimension that need improvement and would like to identify and fund resident-lead initiatives that can improve one or more of these areas, with an emphasis on the Pico neighborhood for our pilot microgrant.
Data shows particularly low rates of trust within the community. How can you increase trust between neighbors and create stronger community bonds? How can you measure progress?
At least two in every five Santa Monica residents told us they don’t feel they belong in their neighborhood. What would create a better sense of belonging in your neighborhood?
We know that sense of community increases with age.
Can you come up with a project that crosses generations?
13% of Santa Monicans socialize with friends or relatives less than once a month. What can you do to increase opportunities for friends and neighbors to get together?
Applications will be reviewed to determine whether they meet the guidelines. The proposals that meet all the guidelines will proceed to the second phase of the review
Applications will be reviewed on the basis of the evaluation criteria (see below). The ratings of all reviewers will be aggregated. Favorably reviewed applications will be considered for funding.
Once final evaluation is completed, consideration will be given to reviewer feedback, available funds, and the intent to fund a diverse mix of ideas and projects.
How possible is the idea/project within the available funding and timeline?
Does this project address; Trust, Loneliness, Inclusivity and/or Social interactions?
Does the project include a diverse group of stakeholders and participants across age, race and gender?
How will the idea/project continue to impact the community after the microgrant period?
Does this project address an area of need as indicated by findings from the Wellbeing Index? We are targeting projects in the Pico neighborhood for our first round of Microgrants.