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  • New Pathways to Health and Wellbeing for Youth in Pima County Initiative

    Mini-grant opportunities for organizations and groups working with youth in Pima County

    Young people, 12-24 years of age, were negatively impacted by the pandemic in ways similar to the rest of the community, however they also had their own unique experiences and challenges, including:
    • Not being able to attend school or college in-person
    • Not being able to work
    • Not being able to leave home for extended periods of time
    • Being forced to move
    • Experiencing isolation from friends, social networks and extended family
    • Becoming caregivers for other siblings or family members
    • Suffering from trauma, grief and loss
    • Experiencing mental ill health and substance misuse

    Young people from historically marginalized and resource constrained communities were especially hard-hit. In response, Pima County Health Department (PCHD) is launching an initiative to better understand the experiences of youth through the pandemic, while focusing on youth-driven solutions to promote young people’s health, mental health and well-being, aspirations and community participation.

    PCHD is making funding available to award up to 8 mini-grants to youth-serving organizations and groups for $9,999 each to support youth-led engagement to discover what matters most to young people in Pima County. Funding for these grants comes from a federal grant that was awarded to PCHD by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    We particularly encourage submissions that will engage, feature and/or shed light on the experiences and perspectives of young people from communities and groups that were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

    Focus Areas

    Successful applicants will demonstrate how they will:

    1. Use youth-led strategies to capture young people’s experiences and identify the key concerns affecting youth in Pima County post-pandemic, including centering the voices of young people from historically marginalized


    2. Co-design solutions to build resilience and recovery in young people that will:
      • Address COVID-19 impacts and disparities
      • Improve access to resources, services and supports for young people and
      • Build youth health, well-being and community resilience against future public health threats.
    • Optional: Create opportunities for youth participation in music and the arts, including visual, performance, spoken word, and cultural arts that promote a focus on recovery, healing, and personal and community resilience building.

    Proposals for the New Pathways to Health and Wellbeing for Youth in Pima County Initiative (New Pathways for Youth) should describe:

    • How young people will be meaningfully engaged and supported to lead project activities and in developing solutions.
    • Methods for capturing young people’s experience and voices via in-person and virtual listening sessions, town hall gatherings, or youth forums to elevate youth voices, experiences and aspirations.
    • Ways youth will be engaged and empowered to become leaders, ambassadors, peer leaders or community champions about health and well-being in their communities through this project and going forward.
    • How youth will be involved in creating messages for media/social media campaigns or other marketing strategies.
    • Optional: Strategies to empower young people in sharing their experiences and aspirations through music or the arts.



    Successful applicants must be able to begin their proposed initiative by July 1, 2022 and provide a final report on activities by September 30, 2022.

    Applications are due by May 31, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Arizona Time.

    Successful applicants will need to:

    • Identify the communities of young people they plan to reach and strategies to involve them.
    • Describe strategies for achieving equity, inclusion and diversity.
    • Show how they will ensure project activities are documented
    • Provide proof of expenditures Share regular updates on activities with the department’s New Pathways for Youth Initiative’s Program Manager.
    • Describe how data from project activities will be collected and reported monthly.
    • Produce a final report with reflections on activities and successes.

    Projects cannot be used for:

    • The purpose of obtaining a profit.
    • Federal regulation prohibits using the funds for lobbying.
    • Promoting partisan politics.


    To be eligible for funding, organizations or groups must meet the following criteria:

    • Currently provide services to, or work directly with, young people or are a youth-led group in Pima County.
    • Serve young people in Pima County from communities hard hit by COVID including Hispanic, African American, Native American, youth from resource-constrained backgrounds, young people living with disabilities, rural areas and youth experiencing other forms of vulnerability.
    • Register as a vendor to do business with Pima County
    • Has not been prohibited from receiving Federal funds


    • May 11, 2022 - RFP released (PCHD website)
    • May 23, 2022 - Q & A via Microsoft TEAMS with interested applicants (10 a.m. -12 p.m.) 
    • May 31, 2022 - Applications close at 11:59 p.m. M.S.T. 
    • June 1 - June 14, 2022 - Applications reviewed by a panel, including young people
    • June 15, 2022 - Successful applicants notified
    • July 1, 2022 - Kick-off meeting & grant activities begin
    • July 15, 2022 - 25% ($2,500) of funds dispersed
    • July 1 - September 30 - Monthly expenditure and summary reports of key activities
    • September 30, 2022 - Final report, including key deliverables, due
    • Upon final report submission, final $1,000 dispersed.


    Applications must be submitted online using the online form provided. Applications must be complete, with a response to each question, to be reviewed. 

    Please note that PCHD will fund up to 8 proposals for approximately $9,999 each.   


    With relevant expertise in promoting COVID-19 related information, Pima County Health Department employees will evaluate each mini-grant proposal. Multiple reviewers will score each submission on the following four criteria, which are described in detail below:


    Maximum score

    Criteria 1

    Measure of Success and Action Plan

    • How will this project connect with, engage with, and discover youth experience through the pandemic and identify post-pandemic needs and concerns, aspirations and youth-generated solutions?
    • How will your proposed project make a positive impact with your community of focus?
    • How will you carry out your project?
    • How will you know if your project is a success?
    Goal 1:
    Outcomes/Measures of success:

    Goal 2:
    Outcomes/Measures of success:


    40 points

    Criteria 2

    Defining the audience, communities, and issues

    • Describe the communities/groups of young people the project proposes to reach: age groups, backgrounds, communities of color, disability, refugee, migrant, immigrant communities, location, neighborhoods or census tract, urban/rural/LGBTQI+
    • Describe strategies for achieving equity, inclusion, and diversity in youth engagement


    30 points

    Criteria 3

    Project accountability

    • Project budget accounts for costs to complete the project and includes costs directly related to activities described in the plan.
    • Projects will need to demonstrate how funds will be used to support project activities.
    • How will project expenditures be documented, accounted for, and reported?
    • Attest to the eligibility requirements and to what funds can/cannot be used for.
    • Proposals need to show how they will support and meet the stated deliverables in the timeframe, including recruitment and promotion, youth engagement, developing youth-led solutions, gathering and reporting on data from activities, producing final report, and sharing results.


    30 points

    Maximum points available

    100 points

    The submission period has ended.
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