CORE Investments

the Collective of Results and Evidence-based (CORE) Investments, known historically as Community Programs, has operated for more than 40 years to allocate local funds to address pressing community needs. In 2015, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and Santa Cruz City Council approved CORE Investments as a funding model and a movement to achieve equitable health and well-being in Santa Cruz County. 
In fiscal year 2022, the BOS and Council awarded approximately $5.9 million in contracts to 41 agencies representing 57 programs that address community needs across the CORE Conditions for Health and Wellbeing. Learn more about the 2022-2025 funding cycle by CLICKING HERE.
The CORE RFP for the 2025-2028 three-year cycle will be released on June 3, 2024, and is a first step in awarding $3.8 million for the upcoming three-year cycle. Learn more about the 2025-2028 funding cycle by CLICKING HERE.

06/03/2024: County Releases CORE Investments RFP for Funding Cycle 2025-2028

04/30/2024: County Board of Supervisors and Santa Cruz City Council Approve CORE Investments RFP for Funding Cycle 2025-2028

02/02/2024: CORE Wins a 2023 Challenge Award!
“All counties applaud Santa Cruz County for your innovation and dedication to CORE Investments. Congratulations on winning a prestigious 2023 Challenge Award.” - Graham Knaus, CEO of the California State Association of Counties
  • Read the FY 2022-23 report HERE

10/16/2023: CORE 2023 RFP Community Engagement Sessions Begin
From 10/16 through 11/3 we held 6 Community Engagement Sessions and an online survey to share information and get feedback on the upcoming 2024 CORE RFP process. Learn more about the results of these sessions HERE.

Find a detailed County Board of Supervisors approved CORE Investments Timeline HERE