Elevate Youth California: Cohort 5 Standard Track

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Through this round of Elevate Youth California funding (Cohort 5), the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is making approximately $41 million available to community-based, tribal, and county behavioral health organizations throughout California to expand youth and young adult substance use prevention through policy, systems, and environmental change.


Elevate Youth California is a DHCS statewide program addressing substance use disorder by investing in youth leadership and activism for youth of color and 2S/LGBTQ+ youth ages 12 to 26 living in communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. This statewide program provides funding and technical assistance for organizations proposing to implement programs that empower youth to be community leaders and create positive policy and systems change.

Elevate Youth California aims to strengthen the capacity of youth-serving, community-based, and tribal organizations throughout California to use evidence-based and community-driven practices for substance use disorder prevention among youth and young adults ages 12 to 26. The program seeks to fund healing-centered, culturally proficient programs in rural and urban communities. Priority will be given to organizations throughout California that strive for health equity, focus on youth ages 12 to 26, and work on culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate prevention projects.

Since the program’s launch, $205.992 million dollars has been awarded through 290 grant awards. For information about Elevate Youth CA partners, visit www.elevateyouthca.org.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Please see page 5 of the Request for Application for full eligibility criteria, including: 

• Located and provide services in California.

• Are a county behavioral health, tribal, or community-based organization 

• Not have an active Elevate Youth CA grant beyond November 2023.

• Have demonstrated experience partnering with young people of color and other marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. 

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Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
October 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

Funding Details

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  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Elevate Youth CA is funded by Proposition 64 (Prop 64) California Cannabis Tax Fund, Allocation 3, Youth Education, Prevention, Early Intervention, and Treatment Account (YEPEITA).

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Entities receiving an award for an Elevate Youth California (EYC) Grant should note that there is no guarantee of future EYC Program funding.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Natasha McGee, 1-916-713-8711, elevateyouthca@shfcenter.org