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Irvine Medical Center

Note: Responsive grantmaking is open* for two funding priorities: (1) Access to Health Care and (2) Obesity/Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)/Diabetes. **Economic Security and Mental and Behavioral Health funding priorities are by invitation only. Organizations invited to apply for Economic Security and Mental and Behavioral Health will receive a link with further instructions via email starting February 15, 2019.

Kaiser Permanente understands that being a good community partner and corporate citizen is an essential quality that adds value to our communities. We invite you to take a closer look at how we are making a difference in the lives of those living, working, and playing in Orange County.

Like our approach to medicine, our work in the community takes a prevention-focused, evidence-based approach. To be healthy, people need access to healthy and nutritious food in their neighborhood stores, clean air, successful schools, and safe parks and playgrounds. Good health for the entire community also requires a focus on equity as well as social and economic well-being.

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.

*Open/Responsive Grantmaking: We are accepting unsolicited grant applications between February 15 and March 15, 2019 for Access to Health Care and Obesity/Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)/Diabetes. Applications must be submitted before 2:00pm on March 15 to be considered.

***Economic Security and Mental and Behavioral Health funding priorities: For organizations invited to apply, the link will be emailed starting February 15, 2019.

Irvine Medical Center Grants Program

Grantmaking is currently open

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 Health Care (Open/Responsive Grantmaking)

  • Improve the capacity of the primary care workforce to meet community needs. Support will be considered for programs that provide training for medical professionals to improve the delivery care infrastructure and/or implement new models of care provision to improve the capacity of the primary care workforce.
  • Improve the capacity of healthcare systems to provide quality healthcare services, including the social and non-medical needs of their patients. Support will be considered for programs that support the provision of high quality health care (including preventive services and specialty care) for underserved populations.

Economic Security (By Invitation Only)

  • Prevent displacement and homelessness. Support will be considered for programs that expand efforts to increase access to permanent housing with supportive services for homeless individuals and families to help them maintain stability and self-sufficiency.
  • Improve employment opportunities. Support will be considered for local governments, schools and/or community-based organizations that increase economic security for individuals and families by expanding opportunities for employment, education and workforce pipeline.
  • Reduce food insecurity in the community. Support will be considered for local governments, schools and/or community-based organizations to provide healthy food options (including accessible drinking water) and to adopt healthy food policies, including procurement practices. 

Mental and Behavioral Health (By Invitation Only)

  • Improve the knowledge, capacity and infrastructure of health care, organizations and communities to address mental and behavioral health. Support will be considered for a) development of community-based organizations, leaders, and networks, and build their capacity to advance equity and reduce stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, and b) policies and programs that address early child development and toxic stress, including positive parenting and violence-free homes.
  • Promote positive mental health by fostering community cohesion and social and emotional support. Support with be considered for school and youth development organizations in learning about and addressing mental and behavioral health, including suicide prevention and trauma-informed care. 

Obesity/Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)/Diabetes (Open/ Responsive Grantmaking)

  • Improve access to opportunities for physical activity and healthy food options in the community. Support will be considered for multi-level, multi component initiatives 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 linkages between health care services and community-level services. Support will be considered for a) new and improved policies and environments that support active transportation and physical activity (e.g. safe pedestrian bicycle routes), and b) multi-level, multi-component initiatives in community settings to support access to healthy, affordable food and activity-promoting environments.

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

Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center will accept one-year grant requests up to $25,000 during the 2019-2020 cycle.

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

  • Request falls within one or both of the open/responsive grant making focus areas: Access to Health Care or Obesity/Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)/Diabetes.
  • Request aligns closely with our community benefit grant funding priorities (Implementation Strategy Report can be found under hospital reports at http://www.ochealthiertogether.org/).
  • Grant objectives are specific, measurable, action-oriented, and time-defined.
  • Grant outcomes clearly indicate what will change as a result of the proposed request.
  • Grant budget includes other sources of funding and demonstrates sustainability. 
  • Population to be served is clearly defined and high-priority based on ethnic and geographic disparities, low-income and high health risks.
  • Priority will be placed on partnership requests with one organization acting as the lead agency and at least one additoinal partern agency. Partnership applicants can request up to $50.000. 
  • Capacity building grant requests will be considered.
  • Proposal leverages existing initiatives and resources.
  • Repeat grant applicant has a positive reporting and evaluation history of previous grant awards. 

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

How to Apply

Please read each section above: Current Funding Priorities, Grant Award Parameters, Special Considerations and Funding Timeline. Note: Eligibility and alignment with funding priorities does not guarantee funding of your request.

In addition, we suggest that you read the attached/included frequently asked questions for additional information that may help support your application.

To start a new application

  • If your organization meets the Applicant Eligibility and addresses at least one of the current funding priorities described above, please click here to start your application process.
  • It is necessary to click on this link only once. Each time you click on the link, it starts a new application.

Grantmaking Contact

Cheryl Vargo
Community Benefit Manager
(714) 796.2657

By the Numbers

$347,000
Total Grants Awarded in 2018

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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