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.
- Need I: Access to Care. Programs that increase access to primary care, specialty care and mental health care services.
- Need II: Overweight & Obesity. Programs that reduce and treat overweight and obesity. Also programs that focus on prevention through healthy eating and physical activity.
- Need III: 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 Medical Center Community Benefit grant, an applicant organization (or fiscal agent), must currently operate as one of the following types of 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 Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment
- Provide services within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente Kern County Medical Center's 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 and Woody California
- 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.
If you have any questions about Kaiser Permanente's grants program, please contact us at
Kaiser Permanente Kern County Medical Service Area Community Benefit will generally not consider funding requests from: international, social or 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
- Capital building
- Core operating support (except for community clinics)
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.
Grant Inquiry and Full Application Deadlines
Following is the time line for applications:
- Inquiries must be submitted on or before 2:00 p.m. on March 10, 2014.
- Kaiser Permanente will announce grant awards in July 2014.
Only one application will be accepted per organization per cycle.
Online Submission Process
We suggest that you review the Kaiser Permanente Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) before applying.
If you have already started a 2014 online grant inquiry, please select “continue” to proceed where you left off.
To start a new 2014 online grant inquiry for Kaiser Permanente Kern County Medical Center Community Benefit grants program, select “Apply now.”
Prior to submitting your online application you will be able to review your grant inquiry to make sure it’s complete and accurate. Please note that once an inquiry has been submitted, it cannot be edited or resubmitted.
All requests for information should be directed to
. We will attempt to respond in a timely manner.
Note: If you forget your account password, please follow the instructions from the account log-in page to retrieve your password. If this method does not work, please send an e-mail to
with "Kern County Medical Center Online Application Password Reset" in the subject line to reset your password.