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Service Area Description
Kaiser Permanente Kern County began serving Bakersfield and the surrounding area in 1988 and currently provides care for more than 100,000 members. Kaiser Permanente Kern County employs over 900 staff and more than 120 Permanente Physicians who care for our members in 8 medical office buildings that offer primary and specialty care appointments. Kaiser Permanente Kern County contracts with San Joaquin Community Hospital as our Plan Hospital. In addition to the eight medical office buildings, we also offer primary care services on our Kern County mobile health vehicle that visits the communities of Delano, Taft and Tehachapi on a regular basis.
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Service Area Local Grantmaking
An online grant inquiry is the first step in the process of applying for a grant. If you meet all the necessary criteria, the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Grants Program will invite you to submit a full application. Prior to submitting your grant inquiry, please review these guidelines carefully to make sure your mission matches Kaiser Permanente’s funding priority needs.
Needs Assessment Funding Priority
Kaiser Permanente Kern County Medical Center provides grants to local nonprofit health and human service organizations that address one or more of the following needs among vulnerable populations.
Current Funding Priorities
Kaiser Permanente Kern County Service Area provides grants to local nonprofit health and human service organizations that address the following needs among vulnerable populations:
Access to Care
Programs that increase access to primary care, specialty care and mental health care services.
Overweight & Obesity
Programs that reduce and treat overweight and obesity. Also programs that focus on prevention through healthy eating and physical activity.
Programs that address the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions: specifically asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente Kern County Service Area Community Benefit grant, an applicant organization (or fiscal agent), must have operations in California and be a local, state, or federal government agency operating for public purpose, or one of the following types of nonprofit organizations:
- 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization with a 509 (a) designation indicating that the organization is not a private foundation
- 501 (c)(19)
- 501 (c)(8) or 501 (c)(10) operating under a lodge system and only if used solely for charitable purposes and serving the general community
- A local, state, or federal government agency, including any of its subdivisions that perform substantial governmental functions
In addition, organizations must:
- Provide direct services to disadvantaged and/or underserved populations that address funding priorities identified in the Kaiser Permanente Kern County Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment
- Provide services within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente Kern County Service Area, which includes the communities of: Arvin, Bakersfield, Bodfish, Buttonwillow, Caliente, Delano, Fellows, Frazier Park, Glennville, Keene, Kernville, Lake Isabella, Lamont, Lebec, Lost Hills, Maricopa, McFarland, McKittrick, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi, Tupman, Wasco, Wofford Heights, Woody
Kaiser Permanente Kern County Service Area Community Benefit will generally not consider funding requests from international, social, recreational clubs, or for the following:
- Sports teams and tournaments (e.g., golf, tennis, walks, and runs)
- Religious purposes
- Partisan political activities
- Endowments or memorials
- Re-granting purposes to other organizations
Kaiser Permanente will not consider requests from organizations that discriminate on the basis of sex, age, economic status, educational background, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or marital status in your programs, services, policies and administration. In addition, Community Benefit grants will not be awarded for activities, events, or programs organized or solely sponsored by alcohol, tobacco, or pharmaceutical companies.
We generally do not provide grants for academic research, capital campaigns, event sponsorships (including community health fairs), or political campaigns.
How to Apply
2015 Application Timeline
- Applications must be submitted before 2:00pm on February 23, 2015
- Kaiser Permanente will announce grant awards in June 2015
NOTE: Only one application will be accepted per organization per cycle
If your program aligns with our funding priorities, meets our eligibility requirements and funding restrictions, click here to start a new application.
Continue an Existing Application
Already started an online application? If so, click here to proceed where you left off.