Wellbeing Microgrant Program

The Wellbeing Microgrants program empowers Santa Monica residents to take direct, small-scale action intended to advance new policies and spark conversations (http://santamonicawellbeing.org/microgrants). Designed in 2018 with the nationally-recognized Cities of Service, Wellbeing Microgrants quickly developed a proven track record.

This funding enables us to award three new cohorts, systematize program evaluation, and develop new training and capacity-building.

We use findings from our innovative Wellbeing Index to prompt microgrant applicants. We ask them to consider local strengths and challenges across issues of economic opportunity, place and planet, health, learning, and community. Awardees develop and lead the solutions based on their unique skills, expertise, and networks. We provide assistance throughout, connecting microgrant leaders to a cross-section of local entities – government, non-profit, business, and community leaders – who act as allies and microgrant force-multipliers.

The Wellbeing Microgrant leaders for Round 6 are:

Lead NameProject Description
Eileen EscarceA Good Beginning for Child Wellbeing
Leah O’ConnorThe Queer Book Club Project
Jane MonteagleCompost Awareness
Kathleen BenjaminLiving on The Edge of Expression
Grace LanzettaSanta Monica Special Needs Siblings Project
Tanya ScottMove with Pilates!
Carina ReyesCallejera
Andrena SealsYouth Sports & Injuries: Prevention, Training, Rehab & Sustaining Good Health
Gabriela C SolanoTejiendo Nuestros Suenos
Dani LunnDeep Listening
Freddy PaniaguaSoccer for Everyone
Malikah MuiedMalikah’s Mom Mixer
Indy Rishi SinghOutdoor Community Sound Healing
Phoebe Benun & Maeko GrossBooks for Kids

To get connected with any of these great projects through November 2022, please email cityofwellbeing@gmail.com.

Applications to participate in Round 8 will be available in early 2023.

The Wellbeing Index

The Wellbeing Index was created in 2014 from Bloomberg Philanthropies $1m government innovation prize, (http://santamonicawellbeing.org/about/wellbeing-index).

The Index provides a baseline for understanding what contributes to wellbeing and how the city and community can work to improve it. By understanding more about what makes us thrive, we can work together on making meaningful changes in our community.

The index combines data we have, determines what new types of data we need to gather, and integrates in new ways all of the available information. It brings together a variety of data from City measures, an extensive resident survey and social media in six distinct yet connected categories of what research shows drive wellbeing.