Eligible Applicants

Who We Fund

UniHealth Foundation is a responsive grantmaker to nonprofit organizations, collaboratives, and partnerships that provide direct healthcare, human, and social services in underserved communities. Our goal is to direct resources where there are unmet needs in the areas of our Funding Strategies, creating measurable impact on health and well-being.

Population & Community Health

We support programs that address current health needs and promote ongoing wellness and prevention.

Healthcare Delivery Systems

We support healthcare delivery systems in their efforts to improve population health outcomes.

Healthcare Workforce

We seek to respond to the needs of today’s healthcare workforce, including new categories of providers and multi-disciplinary teams.

We Fund 

projects that address…

Leverage of

Partnerships and shared investments are vital to change and improvement in the healthcare sector. Working with community stakeholders to develop and implement solutions increases the likelihood of long-term success.

Social Determinants
of Health

Prevention is recognition that much of our health is determined by elements outside of hospital and clinic walls. Considering the broader social determinants that impact community health outcomes often calls for innovative approaches and solutions.

Long-Term Sustainability

We seek out innovative pilots or demonstration projects to provide proofs of concept. If successful, these programs could be scaled into private or public programs to improve community health. Having a realistic plan to maintain and expand successful programs is a core component of our grantmaking.

Organizational Capacity Building

By definition, capacity building is an effort to improve an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission through a blend of sound management, strong governance, and dedication to assessing and achieving results. Investing in the strengthening of healthcare organizations means investing in the strengthening in the healthcare field writ large.

For examples of our grants, search our database of Grants in Action.

General Guidelines

We are currently accepting LOIs for March 2023.

UniHealth Foundation is seeking grant applicants with the following criteria:

Your organization must be certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Your organization must be able to provide audited financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year, and have an annual operating budget of over $1,000,000. Applicants that cannot meet the financial documentation requirements may be eligible for an exemption on a case-by-case basis upon review.

The primary work of your organization must target the Southern California region, specifically Los Angeles and/or Orange Counties. However, requests from other California counties will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Limited funding is available for other areas throughout California.

Your proposed project must have a clear health focus and seek to effectively and efficiently impact underserved communities.

Your organization should have a history and expertise in working in the proposed community.

Your organization should have a track record of creating projects that are both culturally and linguistically competent to the needs of those you propose to serve.

Your project should have a clear path to sustainability at the end of the grant term.

Ineligible Projects

Unihealth does not invite these types of organizations or activities
  • Organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals in the delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.
  • Elections, political candidates, or political campaigns
  • Propagandizing and/or lobbying for legislation or elections
  • Programs that promote religious doctrine
  • Social or political issues outside of California
  • An established or current program for which you are looking to raise or match additional funds
  • Sponsorship of development activities, fundraising events, annual fund drives, or galas
  • Endowment funds
  • Construction or renovation
  • Capital campaigns
  • Non-applied research
  • Documentaries
  • Purchase of equipment
  • General operating support
  • Retirement of debt
  • Events, seminars, symposia, or conferences
  • Temporary exhibits, travel, surveys, or publishing activities
  • Animal welfare
  • Direct grants to individuals
  • Organizations that are not tax-exempt and do not have a fiscal sponsor
  • Organizations that are not in financial good standing
  • Organizations with annual budgets less than $1,000,000 and/or do not have audited financials
  • New organizations (less than 3 years)
  • Organizations with new leadership (less than 3 years)
  • Medical research
  • National organizations that do not have local chapters operating in the Southern California region
  • Pooled funding



For over 20 years, UniHealth Foundation has been deeply committed to supporting nonprofit, community-based hospitals and health organizations in Southern California. Learn more about what we do, why and how we do it, and the team behind our work.



Explore UniHealth’s three funding strategies and see firsthand how our grantees are advancing the health and well-being of our communities.

How To


Determine if your organization is eligible for a UniHealth Foundation grant, get a detailed overview of our application, and submit your application materials.



If you are a current UniHealth Foundation grantee, learn more about submitting a report or modifying your grant.

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