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West 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.

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 2019 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 guidelines on how to apply are provided below.

The grant information below is for historical information only. Responsive grantmaking is closed in 2019. Current grantees will be invited to apply for a second year of funding and will receive further instructions via e-mail between February 15th and March 15th, 2019. Opportunities for new applicants will resume upon issuing the new 2020-2022 Community Health Needs Assessment. Grant inquires may be directed to Celia Brugman (323) 857- 3771.

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 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

  • Increase coverage and access to comprehensive, quality health care services for low income and uninsured populations. Support will be considered for the provision of high quality healthcare (including preventive services and specialty care) for underserved populations. Priority consideration will be given to programs that reduce barriers to accessing care and promote appropriate utilization of healthcare services.
  • Improve the capacity of healthcare systems to provide quality healthcare services, including the social and non-medical needs of their patients. Support will be considered for programs that address upstream factors and coordinate with community-based services. Priority consideration will be given to programs serving Transitional Age Youth, Re-Entry and Homeless populations.
  • Improve the capacity of the primary care workforce to meet community needs. Support will be considered for educational programs to improve the capacity of the primary care workforce. Additionally, priority consideration will be given to healthcare career pipeline programs targeting youth and underrepresented populations.  

Economic Security

  • Improve the availability and quality of affordable housing. Support will be considered for programs and policies that promote access to affordable housing for low-income residents, prevent displacements and increase the availability of affordable housing and moderately priced workforce housing along transit corridors.
  • Prevent displacement and homelessness. Support will be considered for efforts to increase access to permanent housing with supportive services for homeless individuals and families to help them maintain stability and self-sufficiency. This includes navigation, case management and coordination of services to help at-risk individuals access housing.
  • Improve 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. Priority will be given to programs that provide training and employment opportunities within the healthcare field and serve populations and geographic areas experiencing high levels of unemployment.   
  • Reduce food insecurity in the community. Support will be considered for a) local governments, schools and/or community based organizations to enroll community members into available food programs, most importantly Cal Fresh and the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and b) promoting use of Cal Fresh and WIC benefits at farmer's markets for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables.

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Increase access to high quality mental health services to low-income populations. Priority will be given to community-based organizations and schools providing free or affordable mental health services and removing barriers to care.
  • Increase community awareness and educate youth and adults about the dangers of prescription drugs and substance abuse. Priority will be given to programs serving at-risk youth in underserved communities. 
  • Promote community cohesion and social and emotional well-being. Support will be considered for the provision of evidence-based and promising family and youth development programs. This includes, trauma-informed care, conflict resolution programs, suicide prevention programs, and mentoring programs that keep youth positively engaged in school and the community.

Obesity/Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)/Diabetes

  • Improve access to physical activity and healthy food options in the community. Support will be considered for programs that promote physical activity and healthy eating. Priority will be given to programs that provide both nutrition and exercise services and target overweight, obese and diabetic populations.
  • Improve linkages between health care services and community-level services. Support will be considered for evidence-based health promotion programs that teach self-management and empowerment techniques for chronic disease management and prevention in community settings.

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

Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center will accept one year grant requests for $10,000 during the 2018 responsive grant cycle.  

Only one application per organization will be accepted. Existing grantee organizations are eligible to apply, but they must provide quantitative information under the section “Current Progress of Grants with KP West LA Medical Center.” 

Organizations serving multiple geographic areas and submitting multiple requests to three or more Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers are not eligible for Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles local funding (Please note that other Medical Centers may not apply this eligibility criteria).

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 aligns closely with funding priorities and serves our service area.
  • 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/intervention is evidence- based or evidence-informed and addresses 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 between February 15th and March 15th, 2019.

Application deadlines will be provided in the invitation to apply.

KP West LA will announce awards in June 2019. 

To view your submitted applications click here.

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

Grantmaking Contact

Celia Brugman
Community Benefit Health Manager
(323) 857.3771

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.