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My LA2050 Grants Challenge

Grants and In-Kind Support to Los Angeles, California
Organizations to Strengthen the Local Community

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Foundation / Corporation

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Goldhirsh Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/30/18 5:00 PM PT


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Grants and in-kind support to Los Angeles, California organizations to help make the local region an excellent place to live, work, and play. Organizations are invited to submit their project idea for public voting. In addition to a cash grant, winning organizations will receive in-kind support to promote their cause and engage the community.

LA2050 is a community-guided initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles. With the support of 30,000 Angelenos, the Foundation has outlined an aspirational vision centered on five goals and 60+ metrics tracked over time to evaluate how Los Angeles is faring. The Foundation has supported 42 great projects to shape a better LA via the My LA2050 Grants Challenge.

The My LA2050 Activation Challenge is an open call for ideas that will activate 100,000 Angelenos to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live. The Foundation seeks proposals to help turn the LA2050 goals and metrics into action.

The finalists will represent a diverse set of issues, engagement strategies, and activation goals.
Finalists will be selected using the following criteria:
-Impact on the LA2050 goals and metrics
-Overall quality of the application
-Ability to mobilize the LA community
-Collaborative spirit

LA2050 Partnership:

To partner, the Foundation plans to:
-Leverage the LA2050 community to support and participate in the activation
-Plan on planning public programming, including events, to connect the community to the activation
-Offer communications assistance to build awareness and thought-leadership, including authoring articles, op-eds, and blog posts
-Amplify messaging on social media and via the LA2050 newsletter to support the activations
-Design assets for materials
-Provide technical assistance, strategic input and guidance, and access to experts to incorporate insights on building successful activations

LA2050 Goals:

With the support of 30,000 Angelenos the Foundation has outlined an aspirational vision centered on five goals: to make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live by the year 2050.


The region will offer opportunities for lifelong learning, allowing all residents to contribute their skills, talents, and abilities to society.

By the year 2050, all Los Angeles students will have access to early education programs, every high school student will graduate and be college and career ready, and all parents will be engaged and empowered to direct their children’s learning. LA will capitalize on its concentration of higher education facilities to foster new businesses, advance research, and spur innovation.

-College completion
-College matriculation rates
-District-wide graduation rates
-Proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math
-Early education
-Student education pipeline
-Students’ perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school
-Suspension and expulsion rates
-Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools
-Youth unemployment and underemployment


The region will empower its residents to harness their creativity by fostering entrepreneurship, cultural diversity, and inclusivity.

By the year 2050, Los Angeles will continue to play host to the largest concentration of working artists in the nation and provide support to maintain (and build) its robust collection of arts establishments. It will lead the nation in manufacturing and become an international leader in technology and innovation. The region will be a center for entrepreneurial activity that creates jobs and generates wealth for a diverse, flexible, and talented workforce. LA’s business community will reflect the diversity of the region, enhancing international business opportunities.

-Arts establishments
-Manufacturing activity
-Employment in the creative industries
-Federal research grant funding
-Gini coefficient
-Jobs per capita
-Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”)
-Minority- and women-owned firms
-High growth startups
-Patents per capita
-Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions who remain in LA County five years after graduating
-Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions
-Unemployment (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated
-Venture capital investment


The region will be a place where people of all ages have easy access to clean, safe, and sustainable venues to enjoy the natural environment, arts and cultural resources, and local beaches, waterways, and open space.

By the year 2050, people of all ages will enjoy safe homes, safe neighborhoods, and safe places to play. Every neighborhood will provide its residents with vibrant park space, every child will have access to afterschool enrichment programs, and residents will love their neighborhoods.

-Access to open space and park facilities
-Attendance at major league sporting events
-Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play
-Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs
-Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities
-Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park
-Per capita crime rates
-Perceived safety


The region will be a place where every resident has the opportunity to engage and interact with other Angelenos and are empowered to contribute meaningfully in civic processes.

By the year 2050, Los Angeles will be the most civically engaged region in the U.S., with multiple online and offline platforms for residents to voice their opinions and influence elected officials, decision-makers, and local government. The region’s voting rates and volunteerism will lead the nation, and an expanded network of transportation options will facilitate the easy flow of people and ideas.

-Access to free wifi
-Social & emotional support
-Cultural events
-Public/open streets gatherings
-Government responsiveness to residents’ needs
-Travel time to work
-Public transit riders
-Participation in neighborhood councils
-Rates of volunteerism
-Residential segregation
-Total number of local social media friends and connections
-Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located within a half-mile of transit)
-Voting rates


The region’s residents will have the economic means and cultural capital to lead active, healthy lives, and everyone benefits from a sustainable environment.

By the year 2050, Los Angeles will have the nation’s lowest obesity rates and every neighborhood will have access to healthy, affordable food. Every family will be able to afford quality health care and housing. And no families will face environmental health hazards because of where they live or how much money they make.

-Access to healthy food
-Housing affordability
-Exposure to air toxins
-Healthcare access
-Local water
-Resilient communities
-Residents receiving coordinated healthcare services
-Tree canopy cover
-Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences
-Mental illness
-Walk/bike/transit score

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162268

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Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Each organization will receive a total of $200,000 (over two years) and partnership from LA2050 in support of their efforts.

Term of Contract:

The selected organizations will receive support over two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Los Angeles organizations may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Submit your idea by Friday, March 30, 2018 (5:00 PM Pacific Time).

Winners will be selected via a two-step process:

-25 finalists will be selected by an evaluation committee: LA2050 will nominate an evaluation committee comprised of community members and experts to review and score applications. The evaluation committee will select 25 finalists—five in each goal category.

-5 winning proposals will be selected by the public: The public will vote on the finalists. The activations in each goal category that receive the most votes will be announced as the winners.

Voting begins on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (9:00 AM Pacific Time) and closes Friday, June 29, 2018 (5:00 PM Pacific Time).

Members of the public may vote once per goal category for a total of five votes.

Voters must be at least 14 years old and a US resident.

Voters can use social sign-in via Facebook or Google or can use an email account to register. Voters using an email account will be sent a link to click in order to validate their address.

-March 1-30, 2018: Submission Period:
-April 2-6, 2018: Moderation Period
-April 9 - May 18, 2018: Evaluation Period
-MAY 21, 2018: Finalists Announced
-June 19, 2018: Public Event
-June 19-29, 2018: Public Voting
-July 9, 2018: Winners Announced



Information about Public Voting may be found here:


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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Los Angeles