1. South Bay 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 healthy and nutritious food in their neighborhood stores, clean air, successful schools, and safe parks and playgrounds. Good health for the entire community also requires a focus on equity as well as 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
  • Developing important new medical knowledge and sharing it widely with others and training a culturally competent health care workforce of the future.

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 financial resources with medical research, physician expertise, and clinical practices. In addition to dedicating resources through Community Benefit, we also leverage substantial additional assets that improve community health, including our purchasing practices, our environmental stewardship efforts and 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 violence. 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.

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South Bay Medical Center Grants Program


The grant information below is for historical information only. Our 2018 application deadline was March 15, 2018.

Kaiser Permanente South Bay 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 South Bay 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 health care (preventive services and specialty care) for underserved and uninsured populations.
    • 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 a) programs that improve the ability of health care organizations to assess upstream factors and coordinate with community based services and b) the integration of clinical care with mental/behavioral health, oral health, vision, and other health services.
    • Improve the size and capacity of the primary care workforce to meet community needs. Support will be considered for educating and training for medical providers on the provision of culturally competent care to diverse populations.
  • Economic Security

    • Reduce and prevent displacement and homelessness. Support will be provided for expanding efforts to increase access to permanent housing with supportive services for homeless individuals and families to help them maintain stability and self-sufficiency.
    • Increase employment opportunities. Support will be considered for policies and programs that increase economic security for individuals and families by expanding opportunities for employment to increase household income.
    • Reduce food insecurity in the community. Support will be considered to local governments, schools, and/or community based organizations to enroll community members into available food programs, most importantly Cal Fresh and Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). 
  • Injury and Violence Prevention

    • Prevent and reduce violence and improve levels of community safety in high risk communities. Support will be considered for: a) The adoption of evidence-based and promising family and youth development programs, such as the provision of trauma-informed care, conflict resolution programs, and mentoring programs that focus on keeping youth positively engaged in school and the community, b) Programs that increase diversion from incarceration for low-level offenses among youth and adults, particularly those that result from substance abuse or mental health needs, and c) New and improved policies and physical environments that increase the availability and use of safe public spaces, such as parks.
  • 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: a) Place-based and multi-sector collaborative efforts that support mental health and behavioral health, b) School and youth development organizations addressing mental and behavioral health, including suicide prevention and trauma-informed care and c) The development of community-based organizations, leaders, and networks, and build their capacity to advance equity and reduce stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health. 
  • Obesity/Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)/Diabetes

    • Improve access to opportunities for physical activity and healthy food options in the community. Support will be considered for multi-level, multi-component initiatives in community settings to support access to healthy, affordable food and activity-promoting environments.  

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center Community Benefit 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 South Bay Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Provide services within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente South Bay Service Area, which includes the communities of: Carson (90745, 90746, 90747), Compton (90220), Gardena (90247, 90248, 90249), Harbor City (90710), Hawthorne (90250), Hermosa Beach (90254), Lawndale (90260), Lomita (90717), Long Beach (90802, 90803, 90804, 90806, 90807, 90810, 90813, 90814, 90815, 90822), Los Angeles (90061), Manhattan Beach (90266), Palos Verdes Estates (90274), Rancho Palos Verdes (90275), Redondo Beach (90277, 90278), an Pedro (90731, 90732), Santa Catalina Island (90704), Signal Hill (90755), Torrance (90501, 90502, 90503, 90504, 90505, 90506), Wilmington (90744). Priority will be given to communities of significant health need highlighted in bold.

Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center Community Benefit 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 South Bay 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 Benefit 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 South Bay Medical Center will accept one-year grant requests ranging from $10,000 - $20,000 during the 2018-2019 cycle. Multi-year requests may be awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Preference will be given to requests based on the following considerations:

  • Community-based programs or services that closly align to one of the five community benefit strategic priorities.
  • Population is clearly defined and high-priority based on racial/ethnic and geographic disparities, low-income and high health risks. Priority will be given to programs serving uninsured and underinsured, low income, limited language/barriers, LGBTQ, homeless and historically underserved populations of high need. Additionally, incorporates an asset-based approach in addressing the needs of the population and community.
  • Project objectives are specific, measurable, action-oriented, and time-defined.
  • Project outcomes clearly indicate what will change as a result of project implementation.
  • Project evaluation includes number of individuals reached, frequency of project activities, implementation, recruitment, as well as overall impact and outcome on quality of life, specific health indicators, behavioral, policy, social determinants or environmental change.
  • Project budget includes other sources of funding and demonstrates sustainability.
  • Core operating or capacity building grant requests with prior approval/discussion.
  • Project leverages existing initiatives and resources.
  • Requests for continuing grant programs demonstrate successful reporting of positive health outcomes and evaluation history of previous grant awards.

Funding Timeline

  • Applications must be submitted before 2:00pm on March 15, 2018
  • Kaiser Permanente will announce grant awards by July 2018

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

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