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The City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services department manages the following local grants:

Senior Health & Wellness Initiative (SHW)

The Senior Health & Wellness Initiative seeks to reduce social isolation and improve the health and wellness of individuals ages 60 and up by providing a safe place for seniors to engage in quality programs that are easily accessible, at senior nutrition sites throughout San Jose.  Grant funding is intended to support new programming for older adults, enhance an existing program, or restore a program with a significant record of success.

San José Bringing Everyone’s Strengths Together (B.E.S.T)

The purpose of the B.E.S.T. grant program is to develop and implement programs that address the needs of high-risk and gang-involved youth and their families; and to provide a coordinated continuum of prevention, intervention and suppression services. San José B.E.S.T is a triennial qualification to provide youth gang intervention services. As part of the 2013-2016 triennial qualification process, San José BEST launched redefined Eligible Services to better align with Evidenced-Based Principles of Effective Interventions established by the National Institute of Corrections. Services include cognitive development, life skills training, street outreach, substance abuse treatment, vocational services, and parent/family awareness. BEST services are associated with decreased recidivism, increased high school completion, and other pro-social outcomes. 

Safe Summer Initiative Grant (SSIG)

Since 2008, the Mayor and City Council have annually approved funding for the Safe Summer Initiative Grant (SSIG) program.  The intent of the SSIG program is to provide or enhance recreational and/or educational opportunities not normally available to high-risk and gang-impacted youth during the summer months, therefore providing a safe environment for participants while keeping them active and engaged.


Annual funding for all PRNS grant programs is subject to appropriation by City Council. To stay informed and apply for any of the funding opportunities mentioned above, applicants must be registered on WebGrants, the City’s online grants management system, which can be accessed through the following link: