Rest Haven’s mission is to provide funds for health related services for children in San Diego and Imperial counties when no other funds are available. In order to support its mission, the Rest Haven Board of Directors makes grants available annually to agencies and institutions in the San Diego and Imperial County communities through a "Request for Proposal" grant cycle. The Board invites agencies working with under-served children to submit proposals requesting funding to support identified children's health needs in their communities.
As funding allows, these one-time grants are available on a competitive basis with grant monies being awarded in August for expenditure commencing September 1. All funds must be expended by August 31 of the following year. Historically, Rest Haven has awarded $200,000 in gifts annually to multiple recipients. Grant awards can be for up to a period of one year.
Grant Announcement 2020 COVID 19 Update
Rest Haven is happy to announce that Rest Haven will once again consider making available one-time grants to agencies in San Diego or Imperial Counties who are trying to increase their capacity to provide health care to improve the physical, medical, developmental and mental health needs of children, ages 0 through 17. However, due to COVID 19 and the availability of limited funds, the Rest Haven Board of Directors maintains the discretion to use any portion of the funds intended for grants in alternative ways to support children during this crisis. As the crisis continues to evolve daily, emergency needs may arise that the Board will want to lend support to and, therefore, the amount available to grant this year may be less than years before.
In an attempt to make an impact in some of the areas of greatest need in our community, Rest Haven will give priority to those requests that support health and wellness in the areas of Mental, Emotional or Behavioral Health, and Childhood Obesity Prevention.
The intent of these one-time grants is to support the expansion of an existing program, support a new program or support the acquisition of equipment that will be used to enhance children's health needs.
Consideration will be given to those requests that demonstrate the following:
- Identified community need
- Ability to increase their capacity to meet that need
- Outreach to under-served children
- Sustainability of the project
As these are only one-time grants, it is critical that there must be a demonstrated plan to sustain the program for which those funds are being requested for, beyond the year the grant is awarded or funding will not be considered. For more information on sustainability, see the FAQ below. Priority consideration will also be given to those agencies who, as part of their request, are seeking matching funds from other funding sources or are requesting matching funds for partial funds already committed for the same grant request being made of Rest Haven. The specific source(s) of those requests must be identified in the proposal. For those agencies seeking matching funds, Rest Haven funds will be disbursed only after receiving written notice that matching funds have been secured. Matching funds must be secured no later than November 30, 2020 or Rest Haven Grant funds awarded will no longer be available. Grant awards can be for up to one year.
All 2020 Grant Awardees are expected to provide an Interim Report by March 31, 2021 updating the Rest Haven Board of Directors on the progress of grant objectives and grant expenditures and a Final Grant Report along with a Final Budget Expenditure Report for the Rest Haven Board of Directors by October 31, 2021 detailing the manner in which the grant monies have been used and documenting results and progress. All of the above reports can be found on our website below and must be submitted and emailed to Peggy McNamara, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Final Report includes a brief description of the project, a summary of how the funds were spent, if goals, objectives and timelines outlined in the original proposal were met and if there were any changes or challenges during the grant period. In addition, the Final Budget Expenditure Report should reflect all expenses that Rest Haven grant funds were used for and any applicable matching grant funds or in kind donations used. Receipts must be submitted for any individual items purchased over $1,000.00 and Rest Haven reserves the right to request additional receipts as deemed necessary. Should an awardee not submit a final report, future applications for funding will not be considered.
All 2020 Grant Report Forms:
2019 Grant Report Forms:
Deadlines and Award NotificationsThe deadline for submission for a 2020 grant request is May 8, 2020. All grant requests must be sent both electronically via email to Peggy McNamara, Executive Director, at email@example.com and through the postal service. Both must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered. All grant requests will be reviewed through a board committee process and approved by the full Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified electronically via email during the month of August as to the status of their grant request. Those agencies being awarded a grant, are required to sign and return the award letter with two signatures and return it to Peggy McNamara, Executive Director, either electronically or via the postal service upon receipt of the letter. Funds will not be disbursed until the signed award letter is received by Rest Haven. Rest Haven reserves the right to reject any request submitted for any reason without indicating reasons for said rejection.
Before writing grant proposal, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn what can and cannot be funded and the answers to other common questions.
All requests must be typed and each section of the request labeled and tabbed in the order listed below. In addition, all requests must include the downloadable forms for the cover page and the proposed budget noted below.
Cover Page ( Cover Page, 2020 )
The cover page includes agency's name, dollar amount of the request, the name and title of the principal contact and their contact information, agency’s website if applicable; project title and applicant’s mailing address. If CEO or Executive Director is not principal contact for grant, they must be aware that the grant is being submitted as committee member may contact them directly.
Table of Contents
The table of contents shall be complete and clear, listing headings and pages as follows:
The cover letter shall be brief and shall include a description of the agency requesting the grant along with the title of the project and how it fits into Rest Haven’s mission. The letter must be signed by the person with legal authority to bind the agency.
Background and Description of Agency
Description of agency along with agency’s purpose and population served
Statement of Project Relevance
Description of need and how the project will address the need and the project's relevance to Rest Haven's mission
Description of specific request and how request will be carried out
Project goals and objectives and criteria used to measure outcomes
What and how grant monies will be expended to meet the goals of the project
Manufacturer's description of large equipment requests should be included
Two price quotes for items over $1,000 showing that the best price has been secured
Timelines for Completion
Specific timelines for meeting and completing the objectives and goals identified
Specific sustainability plan showing how agency will fund and sustain the program to continue operating after the year grant funding is being requested from Rest Haven (i.e. specific donors, insurance coverage, agency support, etc.)
Proposed Budget & Justification ( Proposed Budget Form 2020 Grant )
Budget submitted must be in the Proposed Budget format provided above and should be for the grant project only and not include entire program or agency's operating budget. It should include amounts being requested from Rest Haven, amounts from matching funds and any in kind donations that will support the grant request. All items for which funding is being requested must be listed. Specific dates grant monies are being requested for, if other than September 1 through August 31, should be identified in proposal.
Filing of Proposal
All grant requests must be sent both electronically and through the postal service. Both must be postmarked by May 8, 2020 in order to be considered.
- Ten printed copies of the request must be submitted.
- Proposals should not exceed 16 pages including attachments.
Email Requests To:
Peggy McNamara, Executive Director @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail Requests To:
Board of Directors
Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund
P.O. Box 420369
San Diego, CA 92142-0369
(Proposals sent by facsimile will not be accepted)
Frequently Asked Questions
Any agency or entity providing services to children ages 0 through 17 who reside in San Diego or Imperial County and who share Rest Haven’s mission can submit a request on behalf of the agency. The Cover Letter must be signed by the person with legal authority to bind the agency.
Rest Haven will not fund salaries unless sustainability of the program for which the salaries are being requested can be demonstrated beyond the one year grant period. Rest Haven will not fund any fringe benefits
Sustainability is the ability of a program to continue operating after the Rest Haven grant is exhausted. Rest Haven grants are for one year only. If you are applying for salary support or support for a new program, it is critical that the proposal include a demonstrated plan showing how the agency will sustain the program beyond the year the grant is awarded for.
Rest Haven will not fund general program operating support. A Rest Haven grant is not meant to be used for general support when other funds supporting the program have been or will be cut. However and as mentioned above, overhead in the form of salaries may be funded if sustainability is demonstrated.
Rest Haven will not fund brick and mortar or provide funds for a capital improvement campaign.
Yes, agencies can submit a grant request for a different need or program the following year.
Agencies are discouraged from submitting grant requests for the same need or program the following year after funding is awarded.
More than one quote should be included for any one item or piece of equipment that costs more than $1,000.
Yes. When equipment is requested, goals and objectives still need to be identified in the proposal. (i.e. how many children do you anticipate will use this equipment, what do you hope will be its impact, will it be used at more than one site)
A Proposed Budget template is on our website and is to be included in your proposal. The budget should only address those things Rest Haven funding is being requested for as well as any anticipated matching grants and in kind donations that you expect to support the grant request. Rest Haven does not want agencies to include their entire general program operating budgets in their proposal but may, on occasion and after reviewing the proposal, ask the agency for one to be submitted.
No. The amount should be based on the need but not over the maximum amount Rest Haven is granting for that year which is identified on the website. However, Rest Haven has historically provided anywhere from 8 to 18 grants in any given year.
A matching grant is funds being requested from another donor source to partially support the same grant request being made to Rest Haven or, partial funds already secured from another donor source for which a matching grant is being requested of Rest Haven. General fundraising to support other program needs is not considered a matching grant.
Rest Haven will not release funds until it receives written commitment of funding from the donor source. The commitment for matching funds must be secured no later than November 30 or Rest Haven Grant funds will no longer be available.
All grants awarded are to be used for the specific request that was submitted and approved. Grant recipients must return any funds not used for the purpose stated in the approved grant application or in a manner consistent with the approved budget without prior written approval by Rest Haven. On occasion, there may be a need to change or substitute items for various reasons and if so, very specific requirements apply that a grant recipient must follow to seek Rest Haven’s written approval of any changes. A formal written request must be submitted to Rest Haven explaining why the grant recipient is requesting the proposed changes in use of grant funds along with a revised budget reflecting the requested changes. Once the letter with revised budget is received it will be reviewed by the Executive Director, Board President and the Grant Review Committee Chair. After a request for changes is reviewed and a decision is made, a written response will be provided.
Every grant recipient must provide an Interim Report which is due by March 31 and a Final Report and Final Budget Expenditure Report must be submitted by October 31.
Yes, the Interim Report, Final Report and Final Budget Expenditure Report are provided on the website to download.
A Grant Review Committee made up of Directors on the Rest Haven Board reviews all of the proposals submitted and recommends proposals to be funded to the full Board of Directors who then have the final vote.
If approved, grant funds will be disbursed in August and can be expended beginning September 1. The grant award period is September 1 – August 31.
If grant funds are being requested to support a project that extends over a period of more than one year, a multi-year grant may be requested.