Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program

Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for an Alliance Medi-Cal Capacity grant, applicants must meet the minimum requirements outlined below. Depending on the funding opportunity, there may be additional, program-specific eligibility requirements to those listed below.

Medi-Cal Purpose. Funded projects must benefit Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the Alliance service area.
Service Area. Applicant organizations must maintain ongoing operations, including staffing and programs, in the Alliance service area, which includes Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced counties.
One-Time Project Funding. Project requests must be for one-time, non-renewable funding that can be sustained through earned revenue or other sources without dependence on further Alliance grant contributions. Benefit expansions will be considered via the Alliance operating budget and not through the Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program.
Organizational Status. Applicant organizations preferably operate as 501(c)(3) nonprofits or governmental entities. Depending on the funding opportunity, the Alliance may consider grants to physicians, physician groups, hospitals, or other health care organizations that are not 501(c)(3) nonprofits or governmental entities for projects that specifically benefit Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the service area. Organizations that are not 501(c)(3) nonprofits or governmental entities are encouraged to discuss their project with Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program staff prior to submitting a proposal.
Mission. The mission of applicant organizations must align with the Alliance’s mission and goals.
Outcomes. Funded projects must be associated with at least one of the Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program’s three focus areas and support at least one of the identified goals for that focus area.
Fiscal Management. Organizations must maintain financial records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and maintain an annual audit by an independent certified accountant each fiscal year. Organizations that do not meet the audit requirement are encouraged to discuss their circumstances with Alliance staff.
Provider Contract Status. Applicant organizations that are currently contracted with the Alliance must be in good standing regarding their provider contract. Applicant organizations must not currently be under investigation or review by the Alliance.
Eligible for Federal/State Programs Participation. Applicant organizations must be free from any debarment and/or suspension, declared ineligibility, or voluntarily excluded by any federal department or agency.
Compliance With Current Grant Agreement(s). Applicant organizations that have been awarded a grant by the Alliance must be in compliance with the terms of the grant agreement in order to be eligible for additional grant funding. Past non-compliance may disqualify grantees from receiving future funding.

The Alliance does not consider funding requests for:

Projects that do not serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the Alliance service area.
Projects that do not directly benefit Medi-Cal beneficiaries, such as broad-scope, structural initiatives that address the built environment or health care workforce.
Projects that require ongoing Alliance grant funding. The Alliance offers
one-time, non-renewable grants that must be sustained through earned revenue or other sources.
Core operating funding.
Projects that supplant existing ongoing funding.
Political causes, candidates, organizations, or campaigns.
Religious organizations for religious purposes.
Individuals for personal benefit.
Endowments or reserve funds.
Repayment of loans, excluding student loans as part of the Provider Recruitment Program.
Contributions to annual funding drives or general fundraising campaigns.


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