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Transgender, Gender Diverse and Intersex (TGI) Wellness & Health Equity Unit​

TGI He​alth is Public Health​

​​​Background

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) enthusiastically embraces its responsibility to support the dignity and health of transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex Californians.

The Transgender, Gender Diverse and Intersex Wellness and Health Equity Unit (TGI Unit) is the first-in-the-nation Unit at a state-level department of public health created solely to elevate health equity issues experienced by TGI people caused by systemic discrimination in healthcare settings, housing, employment, and public accommodations.​

The TGI Unit leads the administration of the Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Intersex Wellness and Equity Fund (TGI Fund), as established in California’s Health and Safety Code §150900. This first-in-the-nation fund will provide grant support to TGI-serving organizations and their partners to provide supportive housing services, therapeutic arts programs, increase access to gender affirming care, and improve the ability of health care professionals to provide TGI Californians with culturally responsive care.

The California State Legislature appropriated approximately $10.3 million to be used entirely for grants that will fund these activities.

Open Funding Opportunities

Community Care ​​​Grants: Track 1

Under this RFA, Grants supporting TGI-Serving Organizations to facilitate therapeutic arts programs, provide supportive housing assistance and programming, and build the capacity of health care providers around TGI-inclusive health care services will be funded up to $1.8 million over a 3-year period. Qualifying applicants for Track 1 must have an operating budget averaging more than $1,000,000 over the past three (3) fiscal years, inclusive of the budgets for any offices, divisions, or other bodies that are part of and subordinate to the organization. Grants will commence approximately February 1, 2024 and end January 1, 2027. The total funding amount will be distributed between up to 4 applicants, with awards totaling up to $450,000 each. 

Application Documents:​

​Key Action Dates:​​

​​​DATE (Times in​ PDT)

​KEY​​ ACTION

​September 11, 2023 

RFA Released for Application​ (PDF)

​September 14, 2023 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

​Pre-Application Conference (Optional)

​September 20, 2023 before 5:00 p.m.*

​Deadline for Written Question Submission

​September 25, 2023

​Responses to Written Questions Published on Website

​​ October 20, 2023 by 11:59:59 p.m.

​Deadline for Application Submission

​November 17, 2023 (Estimate)

​Notice of Intent to Award Posted at CDPH

​November 8, 2023 before 5:00pm* (Estimate)​

​Deadline for Written Appeal Letter Submission
​January 1, 2024 (Estimate)
​Grant agreement begins
​*No later than 4:59:59 p.m.

Gender Aff​irming Care Clinical Services​ Grants*

The RFA to award Grants for clinical services related to gender affirming health care was released June 30, 2023. These grants will be funded up to $2.5 million over a 2-year period; grants will commence approximately February 1, 2024 and end January 31, 2026. The total funding amount will be distributed between up to 5 applicants, with awards totaling up to $500,000 each.
*The application period for this RFA is now closed and awards will be announced September 25, 2023.

Do​cuments:

​Key Action Dates:​

​​DATE (Times in PDT)
​​KEY ACTION
​June 30, 2023 
​RFA Released for Application (PDF)

Update ​7/18/2023: RFA 23-10469 Addendum 1 Available (PDF).​ Refer to this document for requirements changes; updated RFA to be posted shortly.​

​July 10, 2023 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
​Pre-Application Conference (Optional)​
​July 17, 2023 before 5:00 p.m.*
​Deadline for Written Question Submission
​July 24, 2023
​Responses to Written Questions Published on Website​
​July 31, 2023 before 5:00 p.m.*
​Deadline for Request for Requirements Change
​August 31, 2023 before 5:00 p.m.*
Deadline for Application Submission​
​September 25, 2023 (Estimate)
​Notice of Intent to Award Posted at CDPH
​February 1, 2024 (Estimate)

​Grant agreement begins​
*No later than 4:59:59 p.m

Upcom​ing Funding Opportunities

We will continue to update this page when new information becomes available.

​Community Care ​​​Grants Track 2

Track 2 Community Care Grants will support TGI-serving organizations and their partners to facilitate therapeutic arts programs such as dancing, painting or writing, provide supportive housing assistance and programming, and build the capacity of health care providers to provide TGI-inclusive health care services . Organizations that do not have an operating budget averaging more than $1,000,000 over the past three (3) years, inclusive of the budgets for any offices, divisions, or other bodies that are part of and subordinate to the organization may qualify for Track 2 Community Care Grants.  RFA release TBA.​

Upcoming TGI ​​Unit Events

We’re Hiring!

Visit the Gender Health Equity Section’s Employment Opportunities Webpage to learn more about current and upcoming recruitments.​

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