San Diego Service Area
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 2019 Community Benefit Year-End report for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in San Diego that summarize 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.
San Diego Medical Center
Zion Medical Center
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San Diego Service Area Grants Program
The grant information below is for historical information only. Our 2020 application deadline was March 23, 2020.
Due Date March 23, 2020
Kaiser Permanente San Diego 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.
The grant application portal will be closing March 23rd at 2pm.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Service Area & Zion 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.
- Improve coverage, access, and utilization of health care services for populations that are underserved, uninsured, and/or underinsured. Support will be considered for programs that develop community based organizations, leaders and networks and build capacity to advance equity and enhance collaboration among community clinics, clinic networks, and other safety net providers.
- 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 social determinants of health. Support will be considered for programs that strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of community clinics to effectively prevent and manage chronic disease, including cardiovascular health and diabetes.
- Improve access to healthy foods and reduce food insecurity in the community. Support will be considered for programs that procure, recover, and/or redistribute food to food insecure communities.
- Improve and preserve the availability of affordable housing and improve care coordination to serve individuals experiencing homelessness and to prevent displacement. 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 educational attainment and employment opportunities. Support will be considered for policies and programs that increase economic security for individuals and families by expanding opportunities for employment and increasing workers income, especially programs for populations and geographic areas experiencing high levels of unemployment.
- Improve access and connection to mental healthcare and substance use disorder treatment in clinical and community settings. Support will be considered for a) infrastructure and capacity building of community organizations and clinics to improve access to quality mental health care, b) integration of mental health care, case management, and navigation services into clinical care and community settings, c) school and youth development organizations in learning about and addressing mental and behavioral health, including suicide prevention and trauma-informed care, d) access to high quality substance abuse treatment including medication-assisted treatments to decrease the burden of addiction and promote resiliency and recovery.
- Improve and build the current and emerging mental health workforce to meet community needs. Support will be considered for a) education and training of licensed mental health professionals including cultural competency, b) efforts to improve the community and social support system’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and perceptions about mental health, trauma and resilience.
- Reduce mental health stigma and improve knowledge, capacity and resilience in individuals, communities, and organizations.
To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente San Diego 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 San Diego Service Area, which includes the communities of: Bonita, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Descanso, Dulzura, El Cajon, Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Escondido, Fallbrook, Rainbow, Guatay, Imperial Beach, Jamul, La Jolla, La Mesa, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Lincoln Acres, Mount Laguna, National City, Oceanside, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Pine Valley, Potrero, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, San Luis Rey, San Marcos, San Ysidro, Santee, Solana Beach, Spring Valley, Tecate, Valley Center, Vista, Warner Springs
- Remain in “good standing” by submitting all required documents, progress (if required), and/or final reports in a timely manner for all previous grants. (Refer to previous grant documents to confirm deadlines). Organizations with overdue documents, progress, and/or final reports will be deemed non-responsive and are not eligible to apply.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego 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)
- Religious purposes
- Partisan political activities
- Endowments or memorials
- Re-granting purposes to other organizations
Kaiser Permanente San Diego 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.
The current grant application cycle will close on March 23rd, 2020.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego will accept one-year grant requests ranging from $25,000 - $50,000 during the 2020-2021 cycle.
- 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.
- Consideration will be given to nonprofit organizations that have not been previously funded or those without continuous grant support for the past three years.
- Consideration will be given to programs and projects that demonstrate a mix of funding/revenue sources to ensure program delivery and sustainability.
- Kaiser Permanente San Diego highly encourages partnership grant requests to enhance community partnerships and capacity up to $50,000.
Partnership Grants: Kaiser Permanente San Diego highly encourages grant requests submitted by two or more nonprofit organizations partnering to address the same priority need and to provide direct complementary services to the target population. Services provided by the partnership organizations should not be duplicative or overlapping and must demonstrate a continuum of care addressing the selected priority need. The partnership should identify a sign organization to function as the Lead Agency through established Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreements. A completed Grant Partnership Form must be submitted with the online grant application. Note: Organizations applying as part of a Partnership Grant cannot submit a separate application as an individual organization.
To View your submitted applications click here.
NOTE: Only one (1) application will be accepted per organization per cycle
By the Numbers
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.