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 citizens, the City will provide up to $500 for ideas that are focused on small scale action to improve community wellbeing.
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.