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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 104,000 members. Kaiser Permanente Kern County employs over 900 staff and more than 130 Permanente Physicians who care for our members in 10 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 ten medical office buildings, we also offer primary care services on our Kern County mobile health vehicle that visits the communities of Delano, Taft and Grapevine/South County on a regular basis.

Grantmaking is currently closed

Service Area Local Grantmaking


The grant information below is for historical information only. Our 2016 application deadline was February 22, 2016.

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.

  • Chronic Conditions

    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 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
  • 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

Funding Restrictions

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)
  • Individuals
  • 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, pharmaceutical companies, or companies that produce firearms.

We generally do not provide grants for academic research, capital campaigns, event sponsorships (including community health fairs), or political campaigns.

How to Apply

2016 Application Timeline

  • Applications must be submitted before 2:00pm on February 22, 2016
  • Kaiser Permanente will announce grant awards in June 2016

NOTE: Only one application will be accepted per organization per cycle

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