Out of 17 total applications, these eleven projects were selected for the Spring 2022 round of Wellbeing Microgrants. In creative and exceptional ways, they each focus on aspects of community, environment, learning, health, and economic opportunity.
Many respond to the issues our communities are facing in the wake of the pandemic to promote community connections, storytelling, mental health support, connection to the earth and soil around us, and more. Selection was based on the Evaluation Criteria listed below.
Santa Monicans experience loneliness and isolation, health challenges, low sense of ability to influence local government, and inequities across race, age and gender. We seek to fund projects that address issues uncovered by the Wellbeing Index, and likely exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We identified specific prompts within each dimension of the Wellbeing Index and funded resident-lead initiatives to improve one or more of these areas.
COVID has frayed our collective sense of community. We are interested in supporting solutions to issues of isolation and loneliness.
Even before the pandemic, Santa Monicans were worried about emergency expenses, and paying rent or mortgages. While economic issues require big solutions, microgrants can spark small economic growth for individuals and communities that have a big impact. Individuals might apply to level up their skills to increase employment options, or to kickstart a new business.
At the top of mind nowadays is our collective health - both physical and mental. A microgrant might support public health efforts or a series to decrease daily stress.
Many have taken up gardening or environmental sustainability efforts as a way to take regenerative action during times of uncertainty. Microgrants can encourage neighbors to take an active role in on Santa Monica's environmental progress.
Arts, cultural opportunities, and social justice and equity initiatives have sprung up or advanced significantly amid the groundswell of demands for racial equity and justice in the last year and during COVID. Microgrants can provide new learning opportunities and initiatives to take action in your community.