The California Endowment is awarding $23 million to three dozen California counties or county groups -- including 11 in the Greater Bay Area -- to help increase enrollment in Medi-Cal, the state's health program for the very poor.

As part of the terms of the award, grantees must emphasize outreach to specific populations, including those with limited English proficiency or in families of mixed-immigration status; young men of color; homeless, and those with mental illness or substance-abuse problems.

County grantees must make at least half of the funding available to community-based organizations.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma counties received anywhere from $100,000 to almost $703,000 in funding.

Since Medi-Cal expansion enrollment began on October 1, about 584,000 people through the Covered California healthcare exchange have been determined likely eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. Many of those are among the newly eligible population of childless adults ages 19 to 64.

The grant funding will cover activities from February 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016.