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Los Angeles 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.

Los Angeles Medical Center Grants Program

Grantmaking is currently closed

The Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC) 2019 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. Prospective grant applicants will be contacted directly and informed that they are being considered for this year’s grant cycle.

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 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. 

Current Grant Funding Priorities

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Service Area 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

  • Enhance individuals’ utilization of the community-based health delivery system. Priority consideration will be given to programs that improve appropriate utilization of preventive, primary and specialty health care services that lead to a reduction of non-critical emergency room use and repeat hospitalizations.
  • Improve the capacity of health care systems to provide quality health care services, including the social and non-medical needs of their underserved, low-income patients. Priority consideration will be given to: a) the provision of care coordination or b) the provision of community-based, in-home supportive services to underserved, low-income individuals dealing with chronic disease(s). 

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Improve the knowledge, capacity and infrastructure of health care, organizations and communities to address mental and behavioral health.  Priority consideration will be given to: a) community-based, multi-sector collaborative efforts that support mental health and behavioral health for underserved, low-income individuals and their families or b) programs that enable integration of health care with community-based mental health services, targeting: 1) the recently incarcerated, 2) underserved, low-income individuals dealing with or at-risk of alcohol and/or substance abuse, or 3) homeless individuals living in the greater Hollywood area. 

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

  • Improve linkages between health care services and community-level services. Priority consideration will be given to programs that improve referrals by community health centers of underserved, low-income patients to evidenced-based health promotion programs that teach self-management and empowerment techniques for chronic disease management and prevention.
  • Improve access to opportunities for physical activity in the community Priority consideration will be given to multi-level, multi component programs in school settings that produce significant and measurable impact on the health of students and their families in K-12 schools within underserved, low-income communities.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)/HIV

  • Improve patient access to STI/HIV preventive services including affordable medications and behavioral counseling and support.  Priority consideration will be given to programs that: a) improve referral of patients to evidence-based health promotion programs that teach self-management and empowerment techniques for STI/HIV management, prevention and behavioral health or b) the provision of high quality health care including preventive services and STI/HIV specialty care for the following at-risk populations:  the homeless; underserved, low-income LGBTQ youth and adults; and/or underserved, low-income individuals dealing with or at-risk of alcohol and/or substance abuse. 

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Service Area 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 Service Area 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 Service Area 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 grant awards are between $8,000 - $10,000. Higher grant amounts are awarded to successful Partnership grants. Partnership grants average $20,000.

  • Requests should only include support for specific community health projects aligned to Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center’s funding priorities.
  • Consideration will be given to nonprofit organizations that have not been previously funded or those without continuous grant support for the past three years.
  • Requests for core operating support may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Consideration will be given to programs and projects that demonstrate a mix of funding/revenue sources to ensure program delivery and sustainability. Projects relying on the sole support of this Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center or other Kaiser Permanente funding sources will not be considered.
  • Organizations applying to three or more Kaiser Permanente medical centers’ grant programs will not be considered.

Two-year Funding Consideration (By Invitation Only): At the sole discretion of the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Grants Review Committee, based on the proposal’s strength, impact and innovation among other factors, a successful one-year grantee may be selected for an additional year of funding contingent upon funds availability and that the grantee organization met all objectives and requirements of the initial grant.  This includes, but is not limited to, site visit(s), timely submission of progress and/or final reports for the previous grant period.

To view your submitted application click here.

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

Grantmaking Contact

Mario Ceballos
Community Benefit Manager

By the Numbers

Total Grants Awarded in 2017

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.