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Equity in OC is an Orange County Health Care Agency initiative that aims to improve lives of underserved and multicultural communities in Orange County by advancing health equity, access, and wellness through a collective, responsive, and unified approach.

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Equity grant, Orange County United Way has joined this initiative and will be carrying out the Community Partner Engagement aspect of the grant, which includes engaging and recruiting participants, as well as administering the various funding opportunities.

We invite you to get involved by helping identify health inequities in our community and working to develop sustainable solutions through joining the Equity in OC Taskforce.

To learn more, please select a funding opportunity below.


Community Member Honorariums

Have you experienced health inequities as an Orange County resident? Apply to join the Equity in OC Taskforce and you could receive compensation to share your experiences and help us identify solutions to achieve health equity. Grant funding will support up to 78 eligible community members with an honorarium of up to $1,400 per year to participate in the Equity in OC Initiative.

Opportunities to apply will be reviewed quarterly on a rolling basis.

Fill out the application here.

Community Organizational Participation Grants

Does your organization want to be a voice for Orange County residents who are underserved and severely impacted by the pandemic? Apply to join the Equity in OC Taskforce and your organization could receive funding to share your insights and help us identify solutions to achieve health equity. Grants of $10,000 per year to 160 organizations will be available to participate in the Equity in OC Initiative.

Opportunities to apply will be managed every 6 months.


Funding of $2.4 million ($1.2 million per year) to build or expand the capacity of Population Collectives.

Does your collective, coalition or collaborative need to build its infrastructure and/or build its capacity? Does the collective aim to serve Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders; or Black or African Americans; or Latinx, Hispanic, Chicanos or Latin Americans; or Older adults (65+); or the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities; or individuals with disabilities?

  • Notification of award status will be made no later than May 6th
  • Click here for FAQs


Funding of $180,000 per year to three (3) organizations to provide COVID-19 related services including but not limited to, mitigation and recovery supports to underserved and underrepresented communities which will strengthen their internal capacity to improve the health equity of their respective communities in Orange County. This funding is specifically looking for organizations that serve the American Indian and Alaskan Native community; Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community; and the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming community. All applicable organizations are encouraged to apply.

  • Grant recipients for the Underserved & Underrepresented Communities Grants include:
    • United American Indian Involvement, Inc. serving the American Indian and Alaska Native community
    • Pacific Islander Health Partnership serving the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community
    • Alianza Translatinx serving the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming community
  • Click here for FAQs


More information coming Summer 2022.


If you have any questions, please email us at EquityInOC@UnitedWayOC.org.

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