Guidelines

Guiding Principles

Through its competitive grant program, PCHF seeks to:

  • Focus on strategies that emphasize prevention and early intervention, have clear and measurable impact, address well-documented community needs, and maximize limited resources.
  • Focus on strategies that are culturally relevant and responsive to racial/ethnic disparities and reduce long standing inequities in the fundamental building blocks, or “social determinants”, of health.
  • Encourage access to health benefits and services by removing barriers faced by children and families who are isolated and vulnerable.

PCHF values an organization’s ability to work collaboratively with other organizations to strengthen their efforts and their impact as well as leverage limited resources.

Funding Priorities

PCHF encourages prevention-oriented proposals addressing one or more of the following priorities. These approaches are encouraged as they have been demonstrated to reduce the burden of illness, promote health equity through the reduction of health disparities, reduce costs, and contribute to the overall health and quality of life for children, families, and communities.

PCHF encourages prevention-oriented proposals addressing one or more of the following priorities. These approaches are encouraged as they have been demonstrated to reduce the burden of illness, promote health equity through the reduction of health disparities, reduce costs, and contribute to the overall health and quality of life for children, families, and communities.

  1. Promoting Healthy Early Childhood Development
    Optimizing physical, cognitive, and emotional development during pregnancy and throughout the first five years of life.

Breastfeeding, healthy parent-child interactions, early identification of developmental delays, and other practices can be strengthened through a number of promising and evidence-based family strengthening and maternal engagement strategies.

  1. Strengthening Family and Community Connections
    Enhancing protective factors and social connections that serve as a critical platform for healthy behaviors and development.

A child’s sense of belonging in his or her own family, the connection of the family to their community, and the child’s sense of belonging to a community (including his or her school) can promote positive behaviors throughout the child’s youth. Additionally, a family’s ability to access healthcare resources and services can prevent poor health outcomes.

  1. Healthy Weight
    Helping children maintain a healthy weight, combat obesity, and boost self-esteem.

A child who is able to maintain a healthy weight has dramatically improved physical and mental health, as well as reduced risk factors for numerous health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, sleep disorders, and poor social and emotional development.

Target Population

Proposals impacting children and youth living or attending school in the Greater Pasadena area, defined as the PUSD attendance area, which includes the communities of Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, and some unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County.

Eligibility

Eligible Organizations

  • Nonprofit organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Public charities as defined in IRC Section 170(b)(A)(vi)
  • Government agencies

Ineligible Organizations

The Foundation does not fund the following:

  • Individuals
  • Organizations that are located outside the United States, or have been incorporated by a non-U.S. government
  • Private foundations as defined in IRC Section 509(a)

Ineligible Activities

Grants are not awarded for the following activities or items:

  • Those that do not benefit the target population
  • Annual fund drives
  • Building campaigns
  • Major equipment purchases, such as major scientific instruments, office furniture, or vehicles
  • Biomedical research
  • Activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations
  • Services already funded through public programs

Nondiscrimination Requirement

Eligible organizations must be operated and organized so that they do not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.

If you have any questions, you can reach Mike deHilster by email by clicking here or calling 626-796-2097 x5.