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Grants to California Nonprofits, Businesses, and Agencies in Eligible Locations to Improve the Local Quality of Life

LA2050 Grants Challenge


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Los Angeles County

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/23/23 5:00 PM PDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government agencies in eligible locations for projects that benefit the community. Program areas include homelessness, income inequality, recreation, education, health, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, arts, employment, and diversity. Funding is intended to make Los Angeles County an excellent place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.

LA2050 is a community-guided initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles. The goals were shaped through the engagement of tens of thousands of Angelenos and input from experts, advisors, and partners. Each of the goals is supported by a set of metrics that, taken together, define what it will mean for the programs to achieve success.

The  LA2050 goals are:

  • Learn: By the year 2050, the education system in Los Angeles will be well-resourced and culturally responsive.
  • Create:  By the year 2050, Los Angeles will be an international leader in innovation across sectors.
  • Play: By the year 2050, people from across Los Angeles will live in close proximity to vibrant park spaces and have easy access to high-quality, sustainable spaces for recreation. 
  • Connect: By the year 2050, Los Angeles will be the most civically engaged region in the United States, with abundant platforms for residents to voice their opinions and influence elected officials and other decision-makers.
  • Live: By the year 2050, Los Angeles will have the nation’s lowest poverty rate and income inequality.

For more information about the goals:

LA2050's Impact Metrics are measures of progress for each of the five goals.

For more information about metrics:

Ideas that will produce measurable wins for the LA region include:

  • A spirit of collaboration and a desire to unify and amplify collective efforts
  • A clear focus on inclusion, diversity of voices, and equity
  • Efforts that not only produce positive results but are also focused on increasing local engagement and civic participation
  • A desire to test new strategies


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Applications are accepted from registered non-profit, for-profit, fiscally-sponsored, or governmental organizations serving Los Angeles County and its residents.
- Both new or existing projects, programs, or initiatives are eligible for funding as long as the work impacts one or more of this year's top-voted issue areas.

Pre-Proposal Conference
During the application period (May 15th to June 23rd, 2023), there will be several virtual information sessions for those interested in submitting a proposal.

Register for one of the four virtual Information Sessions:

Monday, May 22nd at 1:00 pm PT:

Friday, June 2nd at 11:00 am PT:

Tuesday, June 13th at 2:00 pm PT:

Wednesday, June 21st at 10:00 am PT:

If you have specific questions, you can also sign up to join Office Hours on Tuesdays at 11:00 am PT ( and Thursdays at 2:00 pm PT (

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates
April 6 - May 8, 2023: Issue area voting open
May 15, 2023: Voting results announced
May 15 - June 23, 2023: Applications open to top-voted issue areas
June 30 - September 28, 2023: Submission evaluation
September 28, 2023: Grant recipients announced

- There are no limitations on administrative or operational expenses.
- All submissions, whether or not they are selected for a grant, will be featured in the LA2050 Ideas Hub.

For information about the benefits of applying for the grants:
Ideas Hub:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
There will be 10 First Prize winners and 5 Second Prize winners.

Estimated Size of Grant
First prize: $75,000
Second Prize: $50,000
- Additional grants will also be awarded from this year's Funding Partners, including the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Snap Foundation, John N. Calley Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Elbaz Family Foundation, and others.

Term of Contract
The grant award must be expended within 12 months of receipt of funds.

Contact Information
Applications will open on May 15.

For questions, email

Goldhirsh Foundation
6380 Wilshire Blvd., 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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