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Irvine Medical Center

Community Health is central to our mission because healthy communities are where people thrive. Like our approach to medicine, our work in the community takes a prevention-focused, evidence-based approach. 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. Our commitment to community includes a robust engagement process that lifts the voice of community members and highlights priority health needs in our 2019 Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) and 2019 Community Engagement Summaries (CES). Through this process, Southern California Kaiser Foundation Hospitals identified urgent social and economic factors that negatively impact community health.

Based on the CHNA findings, the 2020 – 2022 Implementation Strategy (IS) Plans of Southern California Kaiser Foundation Hospitals apply a health equity lens to outline our commitment to invest, partner, and drive change to improve the health of individuals in communities we serve. While each Kaiser Foundation Hospital IS plan is unique to its service area, the high-level focus areas and strategic priorities we aim to address across Southern California in partnership with community organizations are listed below:

Access to Care: We are committed to a) increase coverage, access, and utilization of health care services for populations that are underserved, uninsured, and/or underinsured, b) improve and build the current and emerging workforce to meet the primary care needs of the community, and c) improve the capacity of healthcare systems to provide quality healthcare, including interventions to address the social determinants of health. 

Economic Opportunity: We are committed to a) reduce food insecurity and improving access to healthy foods, b) preserve and improve the availability of affordable housing and improve care coordination to serve individuals experiencing homelessness and to prevent displacement, and c) improve educational attainment and employment opportunities for underserved populations.

Mental and Behavioral Health:  We are committed to a) improve access and connection to mental health care in clinical and community settings, b) improve and build the current and emerging mental health workforce to meet community needs, and c) reduce mental health stigma and improve knowledge, capacity, and resilience in individuals, communities, and organizations.

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 addition to dedicating resources through Community Benefit, we also leverage substantial additional assets that improve community health, including our healthcare workforce volunteerism.

Note: While Kaiser Permanente is committed to addressing these needs, local medical centers will strategically and carefully invite community partners to apply for funding in order to address needs that align with the local Implementation Strategy Plans, which may have some variations of the strategic priorities listed above. Please scroll down to view the areas that are currently being funded in this medical center.

Irvine Medical Center Grants Program

Grantmaking is by invite only

Kaiser Permanente Irvine provides grants to local nonprofit health and human service organizations that address the priority health needs for its community service area. The current funding priorities, funding timeline, and guidelines on how to apply are provided below.

If you would like to apply for Grant or Sponsorship Funding for a broader service area in Southern California or Nationally, visit this site for more information and to apply.

If you would like to apply for a local event sponsorship, such as: special fund raising events (luncheons, recognition dinners); conferences; symposia; public policy briefings; and health education forums; visit this site for more information and to apply. 

Current Grant Funding Priorities

Kaiser Permanente Irvine is currently focused on supporting the following health needs and related strategic priorities. Reviewing this area will help to ensure that your proposed grant project is aligned with these priorities.

Access to Care

  • Strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of community clinics to effectively prevent and manage chronic disease, including cardiovascular health and diabetes. 
  • Support and implement physician and other pipeline and training programs, using evidence-based, culturally competent and patient-centered population management modules

Economic Security

  • Support programs that procure, recover and/or redistribute food to food insecure communities. 
  • Enhance the infrastructure and capacity of service providers to serve individuals at risk or experiencing homelessness.

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Support the integration of mental health care, case management, and navigation services into clinical care and community settings.
  • Support efforts to improve the community and social support system’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and perceptions about mental health, trauma and resilience. 
  • Support the infrastructure and capacity building of community organizations and clinics to improve access to quality mental health care.

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center Community Health 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 Irvine Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Provide services within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente Irvine Service Area, which includes the communities of: Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Beach, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Midway City, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, Westminster

Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center Community Health does not consider funding requests from international, social, recreational clubs, or for the following:

  • Sports teams and tournaments (e.g., golf tournaments, tennis events, walks, and runs)
  • Individuals
  • Religious purposes
  • Partisan political activities
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Re-granting purposes to other organizations

Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center will not consider requests from organizations that discriminate based on gender, 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 Health 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.

Grant Award Parameters and Considerations

Preference will be given to requests based on the following considerations:

  • Organizations must be invited to submit an application. Organizations will receive an email inviting the organization to apply.
  • Request aligns with at least one of our community benefit grant funding priorities.
  • Services are provided to disadvantaged and/or underserved populations. 
  • General operating support  grant requests will be considered. If you are requesting a general operating support grant you will need to describe how the funds will be utilized.
  • Priority will be given to organizations that recognize the need for partnership and collaboration with other organizations that are meeting critical needs.

To view your submitted application click here.

NOTE: Only one (1) application will be accepted per organization per cycle

Grantmaking Contact

Cheryl Vargo
Community Benefit Manager
(714) 796.2657

By the Numbers

$236,576
Total Grants Awarded in 2019

Looking for CHNA Reports?

You can find all the CHNA Reports organized by Year and Medical Center in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Section of the Service Areas Page.

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