Apply for a Wellbeing Microgrant- Fall 2022

Civic Wellbeing Partners is now accepting applications for their new cohort of Wellbeing Microgrant leaders! The Wellbeing Microgrant Program provides up to $500 for ideas that are focused on small scale projects to improve community wellbeing. Check out the new website and apply for a microgrant at:

Applications are due Wednesday, August 31st, 2022.

Feel free to contact with any inquiries. Note: Former leaders who participated before 2022 are welcome to apply!

Building Community in Santa Monica

Free event on Wednesday, June 22 @ 5:30pm- Sunset, Ocean View Park, Santa Monica

Join the global movement on Wednesday, June 22nd at Ocean View Park from 5:30pm-Sundown.
At the Big Talk event, people will be asked to skip small talk when answering questions to fight loneliness, foster community belonging, and build curiosity and empathy in wake of the pandemic. This event is FREE!

Register on Eventbrite: Big Talk Santa Monica Summer Solstice
Address: 2701 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Kicking off a new round of Wellbeing Microgrants!

To all who applied or spread the word about Microgrants this round: Thank you!

We are very excited for what this new group has to bring and will be sharing more about each of their individual projects in the coming weeks.

The Human Relations Council is the fiscal receiver of the Wellbeing Microgrants Program. The Microgrants were brought to the HRC by Civic Wellbeing Partners, and are made possible through funding by Cedars-Sinai.

To get connected with any of these great projects through June 2022, please email

Apply for a 2022 Wellbeing Microgrant!

Wellbeing Microgrants 2022 Applications are OPEN! Wellbeing Microgrants are a new approach to engage and support individuals looking to make a positive change in their community. Designed to empower local action, Civic Wellbeing Partners provides up to $500 for ideas that are focused on small scale projects to improve community wellbeing. Get started with your application here.

Applications close February 25, 2022. Apply or share this incredible opportunity with your community today!

Black History Month 2022

Black History Month (February) is a time to celebrate and learn about the history and accomplishments of the Black community since this aspect of American history has not been as widely taught and discussed in the mainstream as it should be. Equally important is bringing awareness to issues that affect the Black community by engaging in dialogue, sparking thought through avenues such as art, and inspiring action to make positive changes. The theme for Black History Month 2022 is Black Health and Wellness. Learn more and see local Black History events in Santa Monica here.

Black History Month 2021

The City of Santa Monica presents several of Black History Month events under the theme The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. Learn more at

February 2020 Dinner & Dialogue Event

9/21/19 League of Women Voters’ Fall Kickoff Gathering

Be sure to see HRC’s own Dr. Karen Gunn at tomorrow’s League of Women Voters Fall Kickoff Gathering!

October Dinner & Dialogue!

The 2019 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award Recipients

Congratulations to Terri Decker and Barbara Inatsugu

Terri Decker, No Limits for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children

Terri Decker, born and raised in Santa Monica, recently retired after 45 years of retail banking. Terri began volunteering as a teen. She has been active in many local charitable and civic organizations and has served on many nonprofit boards over the years. Currently, Terri is Board President of No Limits for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, the organization which nominated Ms. Decker for the award.
Congratulations Terri!
Thank you for your service to our community!
Barbara Inatsugu, League of Women Voters of Santa Monica

Barbara Inatsugu has been involved in the Santa Monica community since moving here from Hawaii in 1982. She has been active in PTA, locally and at the state level, for all of the years her children attended Santa Monica schools. In 1992, she joined the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica where she has been very active locally and also on the state level. The League of Women Voters nominated Ms. Inatsugu for the award. Congratulations Barbara!
Thank you for your service to our community!

To learn more about the Mark J. Benjamin Community Awards visit