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2017 Community Grants funded by C4

For 2017, the C4 Board of Directors released a Request for Proposals that was distributed throughout California. The Board agreed to distribute $91,950 for grants that met the competitive review criteria. Of the twenty proposals reviewed, ten proposals were funded. The projects propose to build upon resources available for Californians to ambitiously raise screening rates for colorectal cancer and improve patient outcomes.
  1. Altura Centers for Health – Tulare, CA

  2. Champions for Health – San Diego, CA

  3. Chinese Community Health Resource Center – San Francisco, CA

  4. Clinica Sierra Vista – Fresno, CA

  5. Family Health Centers of San Diego – San Diego, CA

  6. Lifelong Medical – Berkeley, CA

  7. Los Angeles American Indian Health Project – Los Angeles, CA

  8. Northeast Valley Health Corporation – Sylmar, CA

  9. Redwoods Rural Health Center – Redway, CA

  10. Vista Community Clinic – Vista, CA

2017 RFA and Grant Application

C4 is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Community Grants Request for Applications (RFA) and grant application process. The application deadline is November 30, 2016, with grant review anticipated in early 2017, and a decision on funded applications no later than March 1, 2017.

If you would like guidance on what has been funded in the past, please review our grant summaries for 2013-2015.

2016 Community Grants funded by C4

For 2016, the C4 Board of Directors released a Request for Proposals that was distributed throughout California. The Board agreed to distribute $85,025 for grants that met the competitive review criteria. Of the sixteen proposals reviewed, ten proposals were funded. The projects propose to build upon resources available for Californians to ambitiously raise screening rates for colorectal cancer and improve patient outcomes. The project abstracts and funded amounts for 2016 can be accessed through the individual links below:
  1. Lifelong Medical – Berkeley, CA

  2. UC San Francisco – San Francisco, CA

  3. Vista Community Clinic – Vista, CA

  4. Family Health Centers of San Diego – San Diego, CA

  5. United American Indian Invovlement – Los Angeles, CA

  6. San Diego Medical Society Foundation – San Diego, CA

  7. Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation – Fountain Valley, CA

  8. Operation Samahan – National City, CA

  9. Neighborhood Healthcare – Escondido, CA

  10. White Memorial Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA

2016 RFA and Grant Application

C4 is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Community Grants Request for Applications (RFA) and grant application process. The application deadline is December 1, 2015, with grant review anticipated in early 2016, and a decision on funded applications no later than March 1, 2016.

If you would like guidance on what has been funded in the past, please review our grant summaries for 2013-2015.

For 2016, we have clarified our arrangements for educational materials and include information on FIT standardized pricing for our collaborating partners.


The SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership Awarded Awards $13 Million Grant

San Diego State University and UC San Diego received a $13 million grant from the NCI to renew an academic-community partnership. The SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership, one of only 12 programs funded through NCI’s Comprehensive Partnerships for the Advancement of Health Equity, will support 30 joint research projects, research education programs for undergraduate students of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are studying cancer and cancer disparities as well as collaborations with community partners, researchers and students. A close partnership with federally qualified community health centers that care for traditionally underserved Hispanic populations is an innovative feature of the program, which includes a research partnership with San Ysidro Health Centers and a community outreach program with Family Health Centers of San Diego.

The work at San Ysidro Health Centers (SYHC) includes a randomized trial of the impact of in-clinic education, outreach with system-level mailed invitations to complete a fecal immunochemical test, or both for promotion of colorectal cancer screening among traditionally underserved Latinos. Pilot work for this study was supported in part by a grant from the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition to SYCH and the San Diego County Medical Society’s Project Access program. The work at Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) includes an initiative to ensure complete diagnostic follow up for patients with abnormal cancer screening tests. Project Access provided a letter of support confirming their commitment to aiding uninsured FHCSD patients receive tests such as diagnostic colonoscopy after an abnormal fecal immunochemical test that was important for ensuring funding.

Community Grants funded by C4 – 2013 to 2015

For 2015, the C4 Board of Directors voted to continue the community grant philanthropic mission that began in 2013, followed by 2014, by releasing a Request for Proposals that was distributed throughout California. The Board agreed to distribute $57,460 for grants that met the competitive review criteria. Of the fifteen proposals reviewed, eight proposals were funded. The projects propose to build upon resources available for Californians to ambitiously raise screening rates for colorectal cancer and improve patient outcomes. The project abstracts and funded amounts for 2015 can be accessed through the individual links below:
  1. Clinica Sierra Vista – Fresno, CA

  2. White Memorial Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA

  3. Vista Community Clinic – Vista, CA

  4. San Diego County Medical Society Foundation – San Diego, CA

  5. Community Health Systems – Moreno Valley Family Health Center – Moreno Valley, CA

  6. Neighborhood Healthcare – Escondido, CA

  7. Methodist Hospital of Southern California – Arcadia, CA

  8. Linda Vista Health Center – San Diego, CA

The 2015 Grant application forms and RFA can be reviewed for historical purposes but the documents will be revised later this year as we prepare for the 2016 funding cycle.

In 2014, C4 considered eight community grants and funded five, totaling approximately $33,000:

  • Operation Samahan Community Clinic - $5,000. This partnership will pilot a colorectal cancer pilot program to increase the dissemination and return of FIT tests at the Operation Samahan Community Clinic in San Diego County.

  • White Memorial Medical Center – Cecilia De La Hoya Cancer Center - $5,000. This partnership continues to pair screening of low income women through the CDPH Every Woman Counts program to FIT testing of the women and their eligible family members.

  • UC Davis Cancer Center - $7175. The aims of this project are to expand the previously funded WeCare! Peer Navigation program by working with two local tribal nations to improve knowledge and screening rates for colorectal cancer in these underserved populations.

  • San Isidro Health Center, Inc. - $10,000. C4 funded two separate $5,000 grant awards for different projects to increase screening for underserved populations, while coordinating follow up medical care for those testing positive, and outcomes for all screened patients.

  • FIT-SD: Neighborhood Healthcare - $5,000. This partnership continues the dissemination and return of FIT tests with the addition of two more Neighborhood Healthcare clinic sites. The goal is to increase screening among all eligible populations, with a focus on high-risk populations.

In 2013, C4 awarded $22,000 for the following grants:

  • L.A. Care Health Plan - $5,000. This partnership is a community-based managed care system for low-income and vulnerable populations in Los Angeles County.

  • San Diego Neighborhood Healthcare - $5,000. This partnership piloted a colorectal cancer program to increase the dissemination and return of FIT tests in San Diego County.

  • University of California, Davis - $7,500. The funding went towards expansion of the UC Davis WeCare! Peer Navigation program to include training and use of peer navigators for patients newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

  • University of California, San Francisco - $4,500. The project involved translating patient education videos for FIT for use with patients in primary care clinical settings.

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*The community grants are funded in part by a generous donation from the Colon Cancer Alliance through the Undy Walk/Run programs (Sacramento and San Diego) in California.