Three weeks ago, we asked Angelenos for event ideas to improve voter engagement and turnout in the upcoming primary election. Today, we are excited to announce that eight proposals will receive $3,500 apiece to pilot events between May 17th and June 7th.
These proposals represent a sample of the truly creative voter engagement ideas we received, ranging from using comedy to communicate about elections to conducting direct outreach to first-time voters and immigrants to encourage them to head to their polling locations. In all, these #PartyatthePolls events will spark conversation about civic engagement among thousands of members of our Los Angeles community.
We can't wait to report back on these events, so please stay tuned. You are also welcome to join the events where noted. Be sure to follow these and other great voter engagement activities all across Los Angeles using #PartyatthePolls. And, don't forget to vote! For information about voting in LA County, visit www.lavote.net.
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Together with the Angeleno community, we have outlined a goal to make Los Angeles the best place to connect and to make our region one where every resident is empowered to contribute to our civic processes. Los Angeles can be made better if all Angelenos are enabled and encouraged to use the power of their civic voice to create change in their community.
However, we know that voter participation as a measure of civic engagement has hit historic lows in LA, and the voter population is not representative of the diversity of the region. But you can help change that.
Are there barriers to voting in your community that you can help overcome? Can you help improve outreach and increase awareness of the election in your neighborhood? Or do you have a fun idea to encourage civic engagement that you're excited to test?
Apply for a $3,500 grant to host a #PartyatthePolls event that will promote voter engagement in the upcoming June 7th primary election. The application and additional details can be found here.
The events should be participatory and engaging, but the format and design are completely up to you. From pop-up parties at polling places to providing child care for families waiting in voting lines, the possibilities are endless.
Applications open on April 26th at 9:00 am and are due by midnight Pacific Time on May 10th. Email us at [email protected] with any questions.
Join LA2050 and the California Community Foundation for a twitter party about how we can come together to build the LA of our dreams. Follow #LAtogether on Feb 24th at 1pm to participate! Not sure how to join a twitter party? Check out our handy Twitter party guide--we've got you covered.
Congratulations to the winners of the My LA2050 Grants Challenge! It was a tough process choosing, as we received so many fantastic ideas. We are excited to announce the ten winning proposals to make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, connect, play, and live.
Winners among the top voted are:
The jury voted winners are:
We are thankful for our partner funders, the Annenberg Foundation and the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation who have committed an additional $600,000 to support ideas submitted via My LA2050. Additional grant winners will be announced in 2016.
After verifying votes for the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, the leaderboards have been updated!
Congratulations to the top 10 voted submissions in the five goal categories, among which one winner will be chosen to receive $100,000. We will also select another winner in each goal category to receive $100,000, irrespective of votes.
We are proud to announce that more than 70,000 voters participated in the challenge. We thank you, My LA2050 submitters, for your inspiring ideas and for engaging your community to help make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.
LA is the best place to LEARN
LA is the best place to CREATE
LA is the best place to PLAY
LA is the best place to CONNECT
LA is the best place to LIVE
Los Angeles, you answered our call for ideas to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live by 2050! Now the voting period for the 2015 My LA2050 Grants Challenge has come to an end, and we're hard at work selecting the winners. Thanks to everyone who participated in various ways:
304 applications were submitted,
Thousands of you spread the word and showed your support by tweeting, commenting, and emailing,
Tens of thousands of you voted!
We would especially like to thank all of those who submitted their ideas to the My LA2050 Grants Challenge this year. Your passion for innovation, opportunity, and change is what drives progress in our region. From climate solutions to college access and from job training to food justice, we are flooded with amazing solutions to tackle our greatest challenges.
Ten winning submissions will be selected based on their impact on the LA2050 goal areas, creativity and innovation, feasibility, and collaborative spirit. Five will be chosen from the top 10 voted of each category, and five more winners will be chosen from each category regardless of the number of votes they received. We cannot wait to announce the challenge winners and celebrate ALL of our submitters on December 8th!
We are grateful for the additional support from the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation which will be providing an additional $500,000 in grant funding to My LA2050 submitters, along with $100,000 from the Annenberg Foundation. The additional $600,000 will be allocated based on feedback from the funders - it could mean extra bucks for larger projects, or divided amounts for more submitters.
In the meantime, we hope you will all continue to stay engaged with LA2050 and the amazing work that different organizations are doing in our community. Follow @la2050 on Twitter and Instagram, like LA2050's Facebook page, and sign up for our newsletter for updates and happenings in the LA area!
In our third year of the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, we are even more confident that Angelenos hold the most creative answers to creating a thriving, equitable, sustainable Los Angeles. Thanks to YOU, we are on our way to a #BetterLA.
Have questions about the My LA2050 Grants Challenge? Let's talk.
Join GOOD Maker and LA2050 for a Q&A about the My LA2050 Grants Challenge
Don't miss it. Two opportunities to participate:
Sept 22nd @ 3 pm: Call-in number: 1-323-556-6784; code 2671
Sept 24th @ 3 pm: Call-in number: 1-650-479-3208; code: 621897747
RSVP and submit questions to [email protected].
Designing the city of our dreams
How startups foster ideation and civic activation
Los Angeles represents opportunity, diversity, and the immense potential to pioneer innovative ideas that drive positive change in our community. Like many others, I moved to Los Angeles and was thrilled by the possibilities and uncertainty of a new beginning in a city that has a robust communications network, booming tech industry, an influential social justice and philanthropic industry.
After years of living in Los Angeles, I've fallen in love with the city, yet much change is still needed. Despite many successes, Los Angeles continues to be affected by issues that include high unemployment rates, low college matriculation rates, and environmental conditions, all of which threaten public health and LA's livability. What makes our city unique, however, is that it allows emerging ideas to manifest into world-changing solutions by fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and collaboration.
Contact: Angie Jean-Marie
$1,000,000 to Make Los Angeles the Best Place to Learn, Create, Play, Connect, and Live
LA2050 launches its third My LA2050 Grants Challenge to turn dreams of a better Los Angeles into reality
LOS ANGELES, September 8th, 2015
Today, LA2050 will launch its third My LA2050 Grants Challenge, a $1,000,000 crowdsourced competition that supports creative ideas to improve Los Angeles. LA2050 is inviting organizations throughout Los Angeles County to submit their proposals to make the region the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.
Derived with the support of tens of thousands of Angelenos engaged through #LA2050Listens, a community conversations series, LA2050 has outlined five goals to envision the Los Angeles of our dreams. Through the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, LA2050 will offer ten $100,000 grants to tap into the creativity of organizations across Los Angeles County to inspire a better future for the region. Two grants will be awarded in each goal category, with one selected among the top ten of publicly voted submissions and another selected by the jury.
To date, LA2050 has awarded twenty grants totaling $2 million to local organizations via the My LA2050 Grants Challenge and has activated more than 100,000 individuals who have voted for their favorite proposals. LA2050, which is supported by the Goldhirsh Foundation, has also engaged other local partners in the challenge to extend its impact. This year, the Annenberg Foundation will contribute again with an additional $100,000 to fund one of the projects.
The My LA2050 Grants Challenge is open to non-profit and for-profit organizations as well as government agencies serving Los Angeles County. Submissions will be accepted online through October 6th, 2015 at 12:00pm noon Pacific Time, with voting beginning October 20th, 2015. Those interested in participating in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge should visit la2050.org/challenge for contest rules, eligibility guidelines, and submission instructions.
For more updates, follow LA2050 at facebook.com/LA2050 and twitter.com/LA2050 and stay engaged using #LA2050 and #BetterLA.
At the Goldhirsh Foundation, (www.goldhirshfoundation.org), we connect the dots between the best emerging innovations and the financial, social, and human capital to make them thrive.
LA2050 (www.la2050.org) is an initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles. We are centered around five unique goals that in 2050 Los Angeles will be the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.