AB 1728 (Aguiar-Curry, 2017) requires the Board of a healthcare district to adopt annual policies for financial assistance or grant funding provided by the district. The policies must include:
- A nexus between the allocation of assistance and grant funding with health care and the mission of the district.
- A process for the district to ensure all allocated grant funding is spent consistently with the grant application and the mission of the district.
AB 2019 (Aguiar-Curry, 2018) added additional requirements. The policies must also include:
- The district’s plan for distributing grand funds for each fiscal year.
- A process for providing, accepting, and reviewing grant applications.
- A prohibition against individual meetings regarding grant applications between a grant applicant and a district board member, officer or staff outside of the district’s established grant awards process.
- Awarding grants to underserved individuals and communities and to organizations that meet the needs of underserved individuals and communities.
- Considering the circumstances under which grants may be awarded to multiple or single recipients and exceptions to these circumstances.
- Evaluating the financial needs of grant applicants.
- Considering the types of programs eligible for grant funding, including direct patient care, preventive care, and wellness programs.
- Considering the circumstances under which grants may be provided to prior grant recipients and exceptions to these circumstances.
- Considering sponsorships of charitable events.
- Funding other government agencies.
- Awarding grants to and limiting funds for foundations that are sponsored or controlled by or associated with a separate grant recipient.
To demonstrate compliance, provide a copy of the district’s most recently adopted grant policy.
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