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Riverside 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 2022 Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). 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 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:

Income and Employment: Economic opportunity provides individuals with jobs, income, a sense of purpose, and opportunities to improve their economic circumstances over time. Example measures include poverty and unemployment rates, and income inequality.

Access to Care: Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is critical for ensuring quality of life. Example measures of access include health care coverage and uninsurance, access to oral health and specialty care, and birth outcomes. 

Housing: Safe and secure housing is essential for the health of individuals and families. Example measures include home ownership and homelessness, housing affordability, quality, and cost burden. 

Mental and Behavioral Health: Mental & behavioral health affects all areas of life, including a person’s physical well-being, ability to work and perform well in school, and to participate fully in family and community activities. Example measures include access to mental health care, poor mental health and stress, and suicide and deaths of despair (Note: there is a separate need category for substance use).

Structural Racism: Structural racism refers to the normalization and legitimization of an array of dynamics-historical, cultural, institutional and interpersonal-that routinely advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color. It is reflected in health disparities and inequities by race.

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 2023 Community Benefit Year-End report for the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Riverside 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.

Riverside Medical Center Grants Program

Grantmaking is currently closed

The Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center 2023 Community Benefit Grants are awarded through a “By Invitation Only” grant process.

Kaiser Permanente Riverside 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 Riverside 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.

Income and Employment

  • Support organizations that provide culturally and linguistically relevant training and technical assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs of color
  • Support organizations advocating for policies to increase small businesses' access to affordable capital, strengthen infrastructure, and address systemic financial inequities
  • Support housing organizations to implement rent reporting
  • Provide educational attainment and pathway programs for youth focused on increasing high school graduation rates, college readiness, preparation for careers in STEM, or health care workforce training

Access to Care

  • Provide access to comprehensive health care and to coverage for low-income individuals and families who do not have access to public or private health coverage
  • Provide high-quality medical care services to Medicaid participants who would otherwise struggle to access care
  • Support organizations that build capacity, advocate for policy, implement programs, and educate consumers in order to increase access to care
  • Support organizations that provide information about coverage options, assist with eligibility screening, application and enrollment, and advocate for increasing coverage options for low-income individuals
  • Provide operating support to safety net organizations to strengthen their clinical, financial, and operational capacity to meet evolving needs of their patients
  • Support safety net organizations in implementing quality improvement initiatives and technology solutions to improve patient outcomes
  • Support the expansion of specialty care, with an emphasis on virtual care for nonsurgical specialties, e.g., psychiatry, dermatology, cardiology, and endocrinology


  • Provide resources for preserving or enhancing the supply of affordable housing
  • Support evidence-based housing stabilization assistance
  • Support expansion of housing-related legal support for at-risk tenants
  • Support system-level approaches to population-level reductions in homelessness
  • Support improved access and quality of medical care for persons experiencing homelessness

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Support safety net organizations in improving complex care management and integrating behavioral health
  • Support programs offering social/emotional support for school students and families and/or educational policy and advocacy
  • Support the infrastructure and capacity building of community organizations and clinics to improve access to quality mental health
  • Support the integration of mental health care, case management, and navigation services into clinical care and community settings
  • Support the education and training of licensed mental health professionals to be culturally competent
  • Support the utilization of pipeline and training programs to increase the number of licensed and diverse mental health professionals
  • Support efforts to improve the community and social support system’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and perceptions about mental health, trauma, and resilience

Structural Racism

  • Support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations that advance best practices for preventing and/or mitigating the impacts of ACEs, toxic stress, and trauma for communities disproportionately experiencing inequities
  • Support programs offering high school students career exposure (especially health care careers) and mentorship
  • Support community-based organization capacity building, including but not limited to, staffing, training, leadership development, and policy advocacy
  • Support partnerships with local, regional, or national organizations to grow networks of community-based organizations that address social health needs and coordinate care
  • Strengthen community networks by supporting community or navigation centers, community advisory councils, and interoperability with other systems
  • Support grassroots and advocacy organizations and initiatives

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente Riverside 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 Riverside County Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Provide services within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente Riverside County Service Area, which includes the communities of: Aguanga, Cathedral City, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Hemet, Homeland, Indio, Jurupa Valley, Lake Elsinore, March Air Reserve Base, Mecca, Menifee, Murrieta, Norco, Neuvo, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Perris, Riverside, Romoland, San Jacinto, Sun City, Temecula, Thermal, Wildomar, Winchester, Yucca Valley

Kaiser Permanente Riverside 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 Riverside 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

The 2023 Kaiser Permanente, Riverside grant program is by invitation only, competitive, and must include:

  • Project aligns closely with funding priorities and serves our service area.
  • Population to be served is considered high-priority based on experiencing ethnic/geographic disparities, under-resourced, uninsured and/or disadvantaged.
  • Objectives are specific, measurable, action-oriented, and time-defined.
  • Intervention is evidence- based or evidence-informed and addresses multiple drivers comprehensively.
  • Program budget includes other sources of funding and demonstrate sustainability.
  • Project leverages existing initiatives and resources.
  • Organization must be in good standing with all previous grant awards and required reports.
  • One grant proposal per agency, per funding cycle.
  • 12-month grant terms
  • Grant awards range from $10,000 up to $25,000

To view your submitted application click here.

Grantmaking Contact

Cecilia Arias
Community Benefit Health Manager
(951) 602.4193

By the Numbers

Total Grants Awarded in 2022

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.