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San Diego Service Area

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.

San Diego Medical Center

9455 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123
View San Diego Medical Center Website

Zion Medical Center

4647 Zion Avenue
San Diego, CA 92120
View Zion Medical Center Website

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San Diego Service Area Grants Program

Grantmaking is currently closed

The grant information below is for historical information only. Our 2019 application deadline was March 15, 2019.

Due Date March 15, 2019

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 applicaiton portal will be closing March 15th at 2pm. 

Current Grant Funding Priorities

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.

Cardiovascular Disease

  • Improve clinical system processes to enable the delivery of quality health care services that address CVD. Support will be considered for a) health care providers in the use of population health management tools (e.g. clinical decision-support systems, data, team-based care) to screen, provide preventive care, and treat CVD.
  • Improve linkages between health care services and community-level services to address CVD. Support will be considered for a) programs that improve referral of patients to evidence-based health promotion programs that teach self-management and empowerment techniques for chronic disease management and prevention and b) development of community-based organizations, leaders and networks, and build their capacity to advance equity and address CVD. This includes providing support and partnership with community clinics serving populations in vulnerable communities who are directly addressing cardiovascular disease.
  • Improve patient access to CVD preventive services including affordable medications and behavioral counseling and support. Support will be considered for community based initiatives that promote cardiovascular screenings, health and wellness checkup and increase care management related to patient care for vulnerable populations.
  • Improve access to healthy eating and physical activity opportunities among those with or at risk of CVD. Support will be considered for increasing healthy eating and active living among vulnerable populations through programs that focus on wellness and promote healthy food choices and exercise.

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Improve the knowledge, capacity and infrastructure of health care, organizations and communities to address mental and behavioral health. Support will be considered for programs that a) support school and youth development organizations in learning about and addressing mental and behavioral health, including suicide prevention and trauma-informed care, b) enhance access to high quality substance abuse treatment including medication-assisted treatments to decrease the burden of addiction and promote resiliency and recovery, and c) integrate healthcare with community-based mental health services, such as providing patient navigators and case managers who can help patients access services, strengthening referral networks, and/or co-location of services between primary care and mental health providers, targeting: 1) homeless individuals living in San Diego county, 2) underserved, low-income individuals experiencing or at-risk of behavioral health challenges.

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

  • Improve access to opportunities for physical activity and healthy food options in the community. Support will be considered for a) policies that prioritize underserved neighborhoods for park investments and encourage communities to use parks to their full potential, b) provide healthy food options (including accessible drinking water) and to adopt healthy food policies, including procurement practices, c) enroll community members into available food programs, most importantly Afresh and the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and c) promoting use of Cal Fresh and WIC benefits at farmer's markets for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables,
  • Improve linkages between health care services and community-level services. Support will be considered for programs that develop community-based organizations, leaders and networks, and build their capacity to advance equity and prevent obesity and to promote healthy eating and active living.  

Applicant Eligibility

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)
  • Individuals
  • 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.

Grant Award Parameters and Considerations

Kaiser Permanente San Diego will accept one-year grant requests ranging from $25,000 - $50,000 during the 2018-2019 cycle.

If funded, all grantees might be required to provide a mid-year progress report no later than March 1, 2020.  A progress report form will be provided to grantees.

  • 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.

If funded, all grantees might be required to provide a mid-year progress report no later than March 1, 2020.  A progress report form will be provided to grantees.

To View your submitted applications click here.

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

Grantmaking Contact

Lindsey Wright
Community Benefit Manager

By the Numbers

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.