1. San Diego Medical Center

Medical Center Description

Community Benefit is central to our mission.  We believe good health is a fundamental aspiration of all people.  We recognize that promotion of good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital. Like our approach to medicine, our work in the community takes a prevention-focused, evidence-based approach.   To be healthy, people need access to care including access to healthy and nutritious food in their neighborhood, safe parks, walking paths, and playgrounds, improved school meal nutrition and increased opportunities for physical activity.  Good health for the entire community also requires a focus on social and economic well-being.

We focus our work on three broad areas:

  • Providing access to high-quality care for low-income, underserved people
  • Creating safe, healthy communities and environments where people live, work, and play
  • Sharing medical expertise and disseminating health related resources and sharing it widely with community based organizations, schools, cities, leagues, etc.

Across these areas, we work to inspire and support people to be healthier in all aspects of their lives, and build stronger, healthier communities.

In pursuit of our mission we go beyond traditional corporate philanthropy and grant-making to leverage our internal resources with our physician expertise, clinical practices, health education expertise, and technical assistance.  In addition to dedicating resources through Community Benefit, we also leverage substantial additional assets that improve community health, including our workforce volunteerism.

For many years, we have worked collaboratively with other organizations to address serious public health issues such as obesity, access to care, and education. We have conducted Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) to better understand each community’s unique needs and resources. The CHNA process informs our community investments and helps us develop strategies aimed at making long-term, sustainable change—and it allows us to deepen the strong relationships we have with other organizations that are working to improve community health.

Grantmaking is currently closed

Medical Center Local Grantmaking

Note

The grant information below is for historical information only. Our 2014 application deadline was April 25, 2014. Visit this page in the fall for information about our upcoming grants.

Current Funding Priorities

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center provides grants to local nonprofit health and human service organizations that address the following needs among vulnerable populations:

  • Cardiovascular Disease - Prevention of this disease through healthy eating and active living or management of this chronic condition.

    Prevention: priority will be given to:

    • Environmental and policy change efforts related to healthy eating and/or physical activity (e.g. access to fresh produce, establishment of safe walking / hiking trails or bike routes, etc.), or;
    • Increased access to and consumption of affordable, fresh produce and healthful foods, or;
    • Reduction of the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, or;
    • Increased education, knowledge or motivation, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, regarding healthy eating and active living, or;
    • Education, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, regarding cardiovascular disease prevention.

    Management: priority will be given to:

    • Education, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, regarding cardiovascular disease management.
    • Community Health Centers to support care management among patients with cardiovascular disease, operational costs related to caring for unfunded patients with cardiovascular disease or other programs related to reducing high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking.
  • Mental/Behavioral Health - Preventing or managing symptoms of this illness.

    Priority will be given to projects that aim to:

    • Improve access to mental/behavioral health care through increased screening, or care coordination, or clinical providers.
    • Reduce the stigma of mental illness through direct interpersonal education or coalition building.
    • Reduce suicide risk by strengthening protective factors such as programming that improves connections to family or community support, or conflict resolution, or problem solving, or increased education and awareness.
    • Prevent the onset of suicidal behaviors among high risk subpopulations.
  • Obesity - Prevention or reduction of this condition.

    Priority will be given to:

    • Environmental and policy change efforts related to healthy eating and/or physical activity (e.g. access to fresh produce, establishment of safe walking / hiking trails or bike routes, etc.), or;
    • Increased access to and consumption of affordable, fresh produce and healthful foods, or;
    • Reduction of the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, or;
    • Increased education, knowledge or motivation, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, regarding healthy eating and active living, or;
    • Education, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, regarding obesity prevention.
  • Type 2 Diabetes - Prevention or management of this chronic condition.

    Prevention: priority will be given to:

    • Environmental and policy change efforts related to healthy eating and/or physical activity (e.g. access to fresh produce, establishment of safe walking / hiking trails or bike routes, etc.), or;
    • Increased access to and consumption of affordable, fresh produce and healthful foods, or;
    • Reduction of the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, or;
    • Increased education, knowledge or motivation, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, regarding healthy eating and active living, or;
    • Education, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, regarding type 2 diabetes prevention.

    Management: priority will be given to:

    • Education, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, regarding type 2 diabetes management.
    • Community Health Centers to support care management among patients with type 2 diabetes, operational costs related to caring for unfunded patients with type 2 diabetes or other programs leading to improved management of type 2 diabetes.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center 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 San Diego Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Provide services within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente San Diego Service Area, which includes the communities of: Bonita, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Descanso, Dulzura, El Cajon, Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Escondido, Fallbrook, Rainbow, Guatay, Imperial Beach, Jamul, La Jolla, La Mesa, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Lincoln Acres, Mount Laguna, National City, Oceanside, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Pine Valley, Potrero, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, San Luis Rey, San Marcos, San Ysidro, Santee, Solana Beach, Spring Valley, Tecate, Valley Center, Vista, Warner Springs
  • Provide direct services to disadvantaged and/or underserved populations that address funding priorities identified in the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment. Examples of vulnerable populations include: those under 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, homeless, uninsured and underinsured, or populations that face health disparities based on race or ethnicity, gender, age or disability.
  • Remain in “good standing” by submitting all required documents, progress (if required), and/or final reports in a timely manner for all previous grants. (Refer to previous grant documents to confirm deadlines). Organizations with overdue documents, progress, and/or final reports will be deemed non-responsive and are not eligible to apply.
  • Community clinics, defined as FQHCs or FQHC look a likes can submit inquiries in the range of $5,000 to $45,000. All other qualified organizations can submit inquiries in the range of $5,000 to $25,000.

Funding Restrictions

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center 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, 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

2014 Application Timeline

  • Inquiries must be submitted on or before 2:00 pm on April 25, 2014
  • Kaiser Permanente will complete its inquiry reviews by the week of May 19, 2014.
  • Applicants invited to submit the full application will be notified by May 23, 2014.
  • For those organizations invited to submit the full application, the full application must be submitted on or before 2:00 p.m. on June 16, 2014.
  • Kaiser Permanente will announce grant awards in August 2014.

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

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