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Los Angeles 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.

At Kaiser Permanente, we believe in using the full range of our organization’s assets to improve the health of the communities we serve. We regularly gather data and seek input from our community partners and members to inform our investments and to guide the development of strategies that can make long-term, sustainable change and improve health. We are pleased to share our 2020 Community Benefit Year-End report for the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles that summarizes our efforts and highlight specific strategies and resources we deployed to respond to the prioritized health needs in the community. 

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.

Los Angeles Medical Center Grants Program

Grantmaking is currently closed
Note

The Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center 2021 Community Benefit Grants are awarded through a “By Invitation Only” grant process.

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles 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. This grant program is “By Invitation Only” and unsolicited funding requests will not be considered. 

Prospective grant applicants will be contacted directly and informed that they are being invited to submit a grant application for this year’s grant cycle.

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

Note: Make sure that you are submitting your sponsorship request to the appropriate medical center within your agency’s County area; otherwise, your organization’s request may be declined.

Current Grant Funding Priorities

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center 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

Goal: Increase community members’ access to timely, coordinated, high quality health care from a trained and diverse workforce.  Funding support will focus on direct programs and services that:

Strategies:

  • Increase coverage, access, and utilization of health care services for populations that are underserved, uninsured and/or underinsured.
  • Improve and build the current and emerging workforce to meet the primary care needs of the community.
  • Improve the capacity of healthcare systems to provide quality healthcare, including interventions to address the social determinants of health.

Mental and Behavioral Health

Goal: Increase access to optimal levels of mental health and well-being through improved equitable access to evidence-based, high quality, appropriate care, and reduced effects of stigma. Funding support will focus on direct programs and services that:

Strategies:

  • Improve access and connection to mental healthcare in clinical and community settings.
  • Improve and build the current and emerging mental health workforce to meet community needs.
  • Reduce mental health stigma and improve knowledge, capacity and resilience in individuals, communities, and organizations.
  • Reduce mental health stigma and improve knowledge, capacity and resilience in individuals, communities, and organizations.

Economic Opportunity

Goal: Improve community members’ economic security and access to social services, including affordable housing, educational attainment, training and employment, and healthy foods.

Strategies:

  • Reduce food insecurity in the community and improve access to healthy foods.
  • Preserve and improve the availability of affordable housing and improve care coordination to serve individuals experiencing homelessness and to prevent displacement.
  • Improve educational attainment and employment opportunities.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)/HIV

Goal: Improve community members’ health and quality of life through prevention, detection, and treatment of STIs/HIV and the associated risk factors.

Strategies:

  • Improve access to STI/HIV preventive and treatment services including affordable medications and behavioral counseling and support.
  • Improve capacity for organizations to expand their offering of evidence-based programs addressing STI/HIV prevention and management, and behavioral and mental health services to populations at high risk for or with STIs/HIV.

National Common Areas of Focus

In addition to the above listed local funding priorities, eligible nonprofits with experience implementing population-based strategies aligned to Kaiser Permanente National Priorities known as Common Areas of Focus (CAOF) may also be invited to apply. 

Localized CAOF-aligned population-based strategies include direct programs, services, and/or other activities with demonstrated, evidenced based, positive outcomes that further one or a combination of the CAOFs listed below:

Economic Opportunity – Increasing income, improving financial security, and reducing economic inequities through business operations and community partnerships.

Equity – Invest to strengthen existing community-based organization leadership and action to dismantle discriminatory policies, systems, and practices that disadvantage communities of color. 

Food for Life - Transforming the food system to improve health and food security for Kaiser Permanente members and communities.

Housing for Health – Transforming housing and homelessness systems to improve housing stability for Kaiser Permanente members and communities.

Thriving Schools – Working to foster healthier schools’ environments for students, staff, and teachers.

Social Health Practice – Establishing a social health practice that positively impacts the health of individuals and communities, reduces the total cost of care, and is serving as a model for our nation.

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles Service Area, which includes the communities of: Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Montrose, Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Los Angeles ( SPA 4) and the neighborhoods of: Atwater Village, Boyle Heights, Chinatown, City Terrace, Downtown Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles, Echo Park, El Sereno, Glassell Park, Hancock Park, Highland Park, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Montecito Heights, Silver Lake

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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

This year, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center will provide 12-month grants whcih range from $25,000 to $50,000. This grant period is from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

The considerations listed below will guide the selection of grant awards. Although this is a “By Invitation Only” process it will remain highly competitive. An invitation to apply does not automatically result in final approval for funding at any amount.

- Funding at the higher levels will be based on the strongest grant proposals with clear and measurable objectives with the most impact to the identified populations living in the most underserved communities.

Due to the competitive nature of the grant cycle, applying and meeting these considerations can be useful in submitting a competitive proposal.  Please note that invitation to apply does not guarantee funding.

  • Project aligns closely with funding priorities and serves our service area.
  • Population to be served are identified as highly vulnerable populations.  Priority is given to poor/low-income, un/underinsured targeted populations identified in the CHNA and IS Plan.
  • Project budget includes other sources of funding and demonstrate sustainability.
  • Project objectives are specific, measurable, action-oriented, and time-defined.
  • Project/intervention is evidence- based or evidence-informed and addresses multiple drivers comprehensively.
  • Proposal demonstrates a clear Equity Lense approach.
  • Project leverages existing initiatives and resources. This grant cannot be the only revenue source for sustainability.
     

Award announcements will be made on or before mid December 2021. 

If funded, all grantees will be required to provide a final report by February 2022. Final Report instructions will be provided in the Letter of Agreement.

To view your submitted application click here.

Grantmaking Contact

Mario Ceballos
Community Benefit Manager

By the Numbers

$521,570
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.