The Health Trust Makes Health Partnership Grants Totaling Over $450,000

Text Size:

Maria Garcia
The Health Trust

San Jose, CA – As March 16, 2017, The Health Trust Board of Trustees approved 6 Health Partnership grants, during its third grant cycle, totaling $454,270 to projects supporting The Health Trust Healthy Eating, Healthy Living and Healthy Aging initiatives.

These grants directly benefit residents of Santa Clara County and continue to uphold our vision, a healthier Silicon Valley for everyone.

Breakdown of Grants

Healthy Eating

Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation         

Healthy Kids Program – $45,000 over 12 months to promote and support physical activity in after-school and summer program sites, targeting underserved communities in Santa Clara County.

In the County of Santa Clara, approximately 28% of children and teens are obese or overweight. Engaging in regular exercise can help improve their health and academic performance. More importantly, when children engage in physical activity at an early age, it becomes a part of their life style. In an effort to encourage and support physical activity for youth during school and after school hours, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation plans to partner with the YMCA of Silicon Valley, Boys and Girls Club, and the Earthquake Foundation to provide physical activity equipment targeting high need communities in Santa Clara County.

Sacred Heart Community Services         

Expanding Urban Agriculture in San Jose – $12,140 over 10 months to support the implementation phase of the newly adopted Urban Agricultural Incentive Zone Ordinance in San Jose that will address the lack of access to land for gardening projects.

San Jose has been a progressive hub for ideas on how to broaden the urban agricultural movement. Most recently, the City of San Jose has adopted policies, such as the Urban Ag Incentive Zone that promotes partnerships between landowners and community-based organizations to transform unused, vacant land for urban agricultural purposes. In an effort to ensure that community-based organizations benefit from this new ordinance, Sacred Heart Community Services will continue to focus on outreach and technical assistance for property owners and community-based organizations for projects in low-income communities in San Jose.


Neighborhood Harvest Program  – $14,810 over eight months to continue the work around healthy food access by expanding and strengthening the capacity of the Neighborhood Harvest Program targeting East San Jose homeowners, local food pantries, and low-income access points.  

San Jose, known as the Valley of the Heart’s Delight, has an ideal environment for fruit tree growth. These trees bear thousands of pounds of perfectly edible fruit that is not picked and eaten, essentially going to waste. Veggielution plans to continue to strengthen and expand its program by not only engaging current homeowners around the downtown San Jose area, but to include East San Jose homeowners.

Healthy Aging

County of Santa Clara

Whole Person Care – $300,000 over 24 months support the Whole Person Care Program, targeting high need older adults.  

The integration and coordination of critical services is imperative to the overall wellbeing of our most vulnerable populations. Through the Whole Person Care Program, the County of Santa Clara will have the opportunity to pilot programs targeting older adults who are either institutionalized or at-risk of being institutionalized by providing them with wrap-around services that will meet their needs.

Healthy Living

Youth Alliance

Reducing Health Disparities in San Benito County – $75,000 over 12 months to support Youth Alliance to strengthen its capacity to continue to serve the most hard to reach and underserved youth and families in N. San Benito County.  

Youth Alliance is regarded as a critical service provider in Northern San Benito County. The organization seeks to strengthen its organizational capacity and longevity to ensure that it continues to provide critical services to the most hard to reach and underserved families and youth in N. San Benito County.  

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Matching Grant in Support of San Jose Flood Victims – $7,320 over three months to provide immediate relief support to San Jose flood victims.

In February, San Jose experienced an unprecedented flood that forced thousands to evacuate, and submerged entire neighborhoods. In an effort to support our most vulnerable communities, Catholic Charities seeks to help transition residents from the shelter and other temporary locations and help those who are displaced to move to self-sufficiency. The support will include gift cards and other direct assistance for those with unmet needs, including families with children who attend Shirakawa Elementary School.

About The Health Trust’s Health Partnership Grants

The Health Trust prioritizes projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Bolsters health promotion and primary prevention efforts
  • Includes a system, policy, practice, or environmental change that can have an impact beyond the grant period
  • Includes a feasible sustainability plan
  • Follows promising and best practices

Proposal Due Dates

The next proposal due date is April 24, with a  decision date of June 28, 2017. Please check for further information.


About The Health Trust

The Health Trust is an operating foundation founded in 1996. Since then, it has been a catalyst for community partnerships that identify health challenges and work to find innovative solutions. The Health Trust provides grants, engages in policy and education and continues its legacy of providing health services to make Silicon Valley healthier for everyone. In 2010, Destination: Home became a program of The Health Trust; it is a public-private partnership implementing collective impact strategies to end homelessness in Santa Clara County. For more information, visit