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Downey Medical Center

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.

Downey Medical Center Grants Program

Grantmaking is by invite only

The grant information below is for historical information only. As part of a pilot strategy, the Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center 2019 Community Benefit Grants were awarded through a “By Invitation Only” grant process conducted in November 2018.

Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center provides grants to local nonprofit health and human service organizations cities, and schools 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; visit this site for more information and to apply. 

Current Grant Funding Priorities

Kaiser Permanente Downey 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 Health Care

  • Increase coverage and access to comprehensive, quality health care services for low-income and uninsured populations. Support will be considered for a) the provision of high quality health care including preventive services and specialty care for underserved populations.
  • Improve the capacity of health care systems to provide quality health care services, including the social and non-medical needs of their patients. Support will be considered for a) programs that develop community-based organizations, leaders, and networks, and build their capacity to advance equity and improve access to health care and b) programs that improve the ability of health care organizations to access upstream factors and coordinate with community-based preventive services.

Community Safety/Violence Prevention

  • Prevent and reduce violence and improve community safety in high-risk communities. Priority consideration will be given to programs and services in Service Planning Area (SPA) 6 communities within our service area. Support will be considered for a) the adoption of evidence-based and promising family and youth development programs, such as the provision of trauma-informed care, conflict resolution program, and mentoring programs that focus on keeping youth positively engaged in school and the community, and b) policies and programs that improve the delivery of services for youth and adults returning to the community from incarceration.

Obesity, Overweight and/or Diabetes (including Healthy Eating Active Living)

  • Improve access to opportunities for physical activity and healthy food options in the community. Support will be considered for a) multi-level, multi-component initiatives in community settings to support access to healthy, affordable food and activity-promoting environments b) multi-level, multi-component activities in school settings to produce a significant and measurable impact on the health of students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools within communities served by Kaiser Permanente.
  • Improve linkage between health care services and community-level services. Support will be considered for programs that improve referral of patients by community health centers to evidenced-based health promotion programs that teach self-management and empowerment techniques for chronic disease management and prevention.

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Improve the knowledge, capacity and infrastructure of health care, organizations and communities to address mental and behavioral health. Support will be considered for a) school and youth development organizations in learning about and addressing mental and behavioral health including suicide prevention and trauma-informed care and b) programs that develop community-based organizations, leaders, and networks, and build their capacity to advance equity and reduce stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health. 

Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Improve patient access to STI preventive services including affordable medications and behavioral counseling and support. Priority consideration will be given to programs and services in Service Planning Area (SPA) 6 communities within our service area.  Support will be considered for programs that a) promote and encourage STI education, condom use, abstinence, testing and treatment for patients and their partners and b) support for school and youth development organizations in learning about and addressing STD prevention.

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente Downey 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 government functions.

In addition, organizations must:

  • Provide direct services and/or programs for disadvantaged and/or underserved populations that address the funding priorities identified above.
  • Provide services and/or programs within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente Downey Service Area, which includes the communities of: Artesia, Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Cerritos, Commerce, Compton, Cudahy, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Huntington Park, Lakewood, North Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, portions of South East Los Angeles including Watts, Willowbrook and Florence Firestone, South Gate, Vernon, Whittier

Kaiser Permanente Downey 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 Downey 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

One-year average grants awards are between $10,000 and $25,000. Core operating requests will be by invitation only at the sole discretion of Kaiser Permanente. All requests should align strongly with funding priority areas and should only include support for specific community health projects that will produce a measurable impact.

NOTE: In 2019 the regional grants program will transition to an invitation only grant process. Unsolicited Letters of Intent (LOIs) or proposals will no longer be accepted. 

To view your submitted applications click here.

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

Grantmaking Contact

Sheri Bathurst
Community Benefit Manager
(562) 622.4087

By the Numbers

Total Grants Awarded in 2016

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.