Salinas Awards $300,000 in Grants

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News Date: 
January 27, 2023

The Prevention and Wellness grant created by Salinas City Council for the FY 23’ budget has now been awarded to 7 agencies. $300,000 was budgeted to enhance community prevention and intervention programs that contribute to a healthier and safer Salinas. Funded projects have a grant period ending December 31, 2023.  Eligible applicants were public or private nonprofit organizations including community-based organizations (CBO) and faith-based organizations serving Salinas residents. There was a max award of $60,000. We had 18 applicants with over $800,000 in request. An impartial committee of two staff and two outside raters evaluated each applicant using the scoring guide. The ratings team scored each program individually and the overall rankings were not revealed until the end. Awards were made to the top scoring applications in order until the funds were exhausted. Here is the full list grantees.

2023 Prevention & Wellness Grant Awardees


Proposal for City of Salinas Prevention and Wellness Grant


To improve the lives of Salinas youth through the discipline of music education and performance. The program provides youth with high-quality music instruction, instruments and other resources. Funds will be used to purchase musical instruments.


Clinical Services Program


Funds will support the clinical services program (therapy services for adults and children impacted by domestic abuse, human trafficking, and other crimes) and to increase timely access to residents struggling with abuse or exploitation and to create safer communities.

Meals on Wheels

Musical Delivery Program


Funds will be used to hire a musician to travel with food delivers for disabled adults and isolated seniors. This musician will then play for the clients, bringing a live performance for those isolated from any social contact.

Cesar Chavez Futbol Academy

Positive Youth Development Through Mentorship, Academic Support, Civic Engagement, and El Juego de Futbol


CCFA will conduct year-round youth development activities that guide forty teens towards healthy lives while in pursuit of high school graduation and acceptance into college/ university. The "hook" to the initiative involvement is the game of soccer, where participants experience professional training and coaching for competitive teams. Funds will be allocated towards salaries and wages.

Rancho Cielo

Rancho Cielo Case Management Program


Funding will support the case management piece of our vocational training programs with the goal of each student earning a living wage, helping end the cycle of poverty, and becoming a productive community member. Will work with youth to address workforce readiness, life skills, leadership development, and mentorship through supportive services, transportation, enrichment programs, mental health collaborations, and outcome tracking.

Harmony at Home

Comprehensive Social and Emotional Support (CSES) Packages for Schools & Community Partners


Coaching, mentoring and outreach to teens/families/and young mothers. The program will address the trauma of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), and provide referrals to mental services, teach knowledgeable skills, and improve self-esteem.


Xinachtli Growth Program


Xinachtli Growth Program is for residents 13-24, a rite of passage using indigenous principles and cultura. There will be intergenerational teachings, hands-on activities and civic engagement.


To view the Request for Proposals Click Here!