2022 ARPA Public Health Impacts Request for Applications (RFA)

The deadline to apply for this ARPA opportunity has now closed. Thank you to those who applied. Applications will be reviewed in July, with award recommendations submitted to the Board of Supervisors in August. Final awards will be announced September 2022.


Many communities in SLO County (low income, older adults, underserved children and youth, communities of color) experienced disproportionate health, social and economic burdens brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through this RFA, organizations may apply for funding for projects that seek to improve health in under-resourced communities, for the critical health impact areas listed below.

A total of $5.9 million is available, for up to 12 projects. Non-profits, government agencies, businesses, and coalitions are eligible to apply. 

View the RFA for full details (download a fillable template for several application items). Deadline to apply is June 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

The Questions Period has ended as of June 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm. 

Projects must address or contribute to one or more of these four critical health impact areas:

Access to Care

SLO County has long faced healthcare workforce challenges and disparities in access to care. The pandemic has made these challenges even more extreme. Building a robust healthcare workforce and ensuring equitable access to care will be key to a healthy future for our community.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse

The pandemic and related social isolation exacerbated mental health and substance abuse problems that were already on the rise for many populations in the years prior to the pandemic. Addressing these complex challenges will be key to building individual and communitywide foundations for long-term health.

Food Access

Many households struggled to meet their basic needs during the pandemic, including access to healthy food. Addressing this need will be key to a robust and complete recovery as a community.

Healthy Aging

Seniors worldwide, including in SLO County, faced a disproportionate burden of both the physical and emotional impacts of the pandemic and the related grief and social isolation. Alleviating those physical and emotional burdens can increase the quality and length of our seniors' lives.


This one-time funding can be used for:

  • A capital expense (e.g., vehicles, equipment, or other one-time purchases) (min. $50,000)
  • An operating expense project, service or program (min. $200,000)



The question period has closed as of June 20, 2022. See questions received as of this date (and their answers) at Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ.

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