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West 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 2022 Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), and the Transitional Age Youth Photovoice Case Study. 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:

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 2021 Community Benefit Year-End report for the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in West 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.

KP West LA Faith Based Partnerships for Healthier Communities

Our Faith Based Partnerships for Healthier Communities program seeks to improve the health of our community by educating and empowering faith-based community support networks. KP West LA partners with WISE and Healthy Aging to implement this program. The program focuses on linking medical center assets with congregation health ministries in order to increase their capacity to deliver meaningful health programs, become stronger health advocates, and to increase their connections to other key stakeholders, such as community clinics and health advocacy organizations.  

As part of our faith-based initiative, we offer chronic disease management training for community partners. The training prepares congregation representatives to conduct Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions workshops within their organizations. To learn more about the training, please click here.

To help us spread the word and let others in your community know about Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles’ Faith Based Partnerships program, please download and print this flyer.

West Los Angeles Medical Center Grants Program

Grantmaking is currently closed

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

Kaiser Permanente West 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 application guidelines 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 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 West 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

  • Improve access to care and health outcomes among African American and Latino residents by removing barriers to care.
  • Increase the capacity and programming of organizations focused on addressing health disparities among African American and Latino populations.
  • Eliminate African American Infant and Maternal mortality disparities in our service area.

Economic Security

  • Improve the capacity of communities and anchor organizations to adopt and implement policies and programs to ensure access to healthy foods and safe spaces for physical activity opportunities in under resourced areas.
  • Increase the capacity of community-based organizations to advance anti-displacement policies, provide low income housing and assistance to low-income renters, such as legal aid, and renter’s rights workshops among others.
  • Enable local organizations to provide student education and training or workforce development, especially for unemployed and underserved low-income youth and young adults experiencing barriers to employment in South Los Angeles.
  • Enable local organizations to advance awareness, understanding, and policy solutions to reduce racial inequities impacting schools and youth, especially for disproportionally impacted African American and Latino residents.

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Support the infrastructure, capacity, or programs of community organizations that provide culturally competent mental health care, stigma reduction, and supportive services in under resourced areas.
  • Enable local organizations to provide substance abuse preventative education and treatment, especially for youth of color and their families and transitional age youth.

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente West 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 West Los Angeles Service Area, which includes the communities of: Beverly Hills, Culver City, El Segundo, Inglewood, Malibu, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, City of Los Angeles (including the communities of Baldwin Hills, Cheviot Hills, Crenshaw, Hyde Park, Jefferson Park, La Tijera, Leimert Park, Mar Vista, Mid City, Miracle Mile, Ocean Park, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Playa Del Rey, Rancho Park, Rimpau, University Park, Venice, Vermont Knolls, West Adams, Westchester, Westwood, Wilshire, and unincorporated areas such as, Ladera Heights, Lennox, Marina del Rey, View Park, Westmont and Windsor Hills, among others)

Kaiser Permanente West 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 West 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

One-year average grants are between $10,000 and $25,000 and will be processed by invite only.

Invitations will be primarily issued to nonprofit organizations that have not received continuous grant support for the past two years. 

Project or core operating support will be equally considered.

The considerations listed below will guide the selection of grant awards. Due to the competitive nature of the grant cycle, applying and meeting these considerations does not guarantee funding.

  • Project and/or organization's programs align closely with funding priorities and serve our service area primarily.
  • Population to be served is considered high priority based on experiencing ethnic/geographic disparities, low-income and/or health risks.
  • Project budget includes other sources of funding and demonstrate sustainability.
  • Project objectives are specific, measurable, action-oriented, and time-defined.
  • Project/programs are evidence- based or evidence-informed and address multiple drivers comprehensively.
  • Project includes formal partnerships with other organizations involved in project activities.
  • Project leverages existing initiatives and resources.
  • Repeating applicant has a positive history on previous grant awards.

Organizations invited to apply will be notified by e-mail before August 6th, 2021. The deadline to apply will be August 23rd, 2021.

The grant cycle will begin on December 1st, 2021.

Grant inquires may be emailed to: celia.a.brugman@kp.org.

To view your submitted applications click here.

Grantmaking Contact

Celia Brugman
Community Benefit Health Manager
(323) 857.3771

By the Numbers

Total Grants Awarded in 2021

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.