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My LA2050 Grants Challenge

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

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LA2050 and Goldhirsh Foundation

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

04/03/20 5:00 PM PT


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government agencies for projects that benefit the community in eligible regions. Program areas include education, health, recreation, safety, 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 centered around five goals and tracked via 65+ regional progress metrics. See and for more information. 

For project categories, see page 5 of the Official Rules document in Attached Files below.

Finalists will be selected using the following criteria:

  • Impact on chosen LA2050 goals and metrics
  • Feasibility of proposal
  • Impact on people served
  • Overall application quality
  • Finalists will represent a diversity of issues and activities. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162268

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Number of Grants:


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In each of the five goal categories, the awards will be:
- First Place: $100,000
- Second Place: $50,000
- Third Place: $25,000
- Fourth Place: $15,000
- Fifth Place: $10,000

Term of Contract:

The Goldhirsh Foundation will award funds over a one-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Contest is open to non-profit organizations, for-profit business organizations, and government agencies that operate in the State of California (each an “Authorized Organization”); individuals may not enter in their individual capacity.

Any person submitting an Application on behalf of an eligible organization must have the express permission of that organization to enter this Contest and bind the organization to these Official Rules. All voters in the Contest must be residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are fourteen (14) years of age or older as of the beginning of the Contest Period (defined below). Employees of the Goldhirsh Foundation; their respective subsidiaries; their respective advertising, promotion, fulfillment, or other coordinating agencies; (collectively, the “Contest Entities”) and their respective immediate family members and persons living in their same household, whether related or not; are not eligible to submit an Application, become a Participant, or vote in the Contest. Although the Goldhirsh Foundation may use mechanisms to verify the eligibility of Participants, voters, and Winners (defined below), the Goldhirsh Foundation is under no obligation to verify the eligibility of any particular Participant, voter, or Winner or to take any corrective action as a result of such verification of eligibility.

Organizations who have won funding in previous My LA2050 Grants Challenge contests are eligible to apply for the My LA2050 Grants Challenge.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Office Hours Webinars will be held:
- February 13, 11am-12pm
- February 27, 2020, 11am-12pm
- March 12, 2020, 1pm-2pm

Sign-up for a webinar at:

Pre-Application Information:

Apply by Friday, March 27, 2020 (5pm Pacific Time).

- Submission Period: February 3 - April 3, 2020
- Moderation Period: April 3 - April 13, 2020
- Evaluation Period: April 13 - May 25, 2020
- Finalists Announced: May 25, 2020
- Public Voting: June 8 - June 15, 2020
- Winners Announced: June 22, 2020

Winners will be selected via a two-step process:
1) 25 finalists will be selected by an external evaluation committee of community leaders.
2) Award levels will be determined via public vote. Voters will determine which organizations place first, second, third, fourth, and fifth in each goal category. All 25 finalists that participate in the voting stage will receive a grant, with five grants distributed at each dollar amount.

Starting Monday, June 1, 2020, you can vote for a proposal at



View the full scorecard (application, scorecard, and rules) at

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

If you have any questions, email at

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

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