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The 12 issues we’re funding through this year’s LA2050 Grants ChallengePosted
In collaboration with our funding partners, LA2050 is granting approximately $2 million to the issues that LA cares about most.
Through June 17th at 5:00 pm (PT), non-profit, for-profit, fiscally-sponsored, or governmental organizations serving Los Angeles County can apply for up to $75,000 in funding via this year’s LA2050 Grants Challenge. More than 8,000 Angelenos cast 60,000 votes for what matters to them – now, we’re looking for the best ideas to make an impact on the top-voted issue areas.
Curious if your organization’s work is a good fit? Take a deeper dive into each of the 12 issue areas eligible for funding this year and what we’re looking for, below.
Keep in mind: we are defining each of these issue areas expansively. These descriptions are intended to spark your imagination but do not capture all of the possible ideas that are eligible for submission. We invite you to be creative as you reflect on how your organization might impact one or more of the issue areas.
Access to Creative Industry Employment (Sponsored by the Snap Foundation)
The Snap Foundation is seeking ideas that will develop pathways to employment in the creative economy for underrepresented youth in Los Angeles, ages 6 to 24. The creative economy encompasses architecture, arts and crafts, design, fashion, film, video, photography, music, performing arts, publishing, research and development, game design, advertising, engineering, TV/radio, and other fields that draw on human ingenuity.
Affordable Housing and Homelessness
It is likely no surprise that affordable housing and homelessness received more votes than any other issue area. These submissions might focus on improving the quantity and quality of affordable housing, assisting vulnerable tenants, or providing support to unhoused individuals.
BIPOC- and Women-Owned Businesses
We are looking for applications from organizations that work to resource, equip, and support BIPOC and female entrepreneurs, founders, and small business owners across Los Angeles. It could be in the form of microloans, incubation, business development, capacity building, or some other mechanism.
Climate and Environment
We are looking for ideas that will protect and enhance the quality of our local climate and environment, both now and in the coming decades. This is inclusive of projects, programs, and initiatives that address air quality, water conservation, biodiversity, extreme weather, natural disasters, resource management, local food systems, environmental justice, reuse and recycling, and more.
Community safety encompasses any work that protects people from violence in all its forms and makes them feel safer. Submissions can support physical safety, such as policies that protect pedestrians and cyclists, or emotional safety, such as a program that deters bullying. This issue area includes not just the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and violence but also the active promotion of belonging, inclusion, and peace.
Green Space, Park Access, and Trees
Submissions are also open to the green space, park access, and trees issue area. We welcome any ideas that increase the availability of, expand equitable access to, or encourage more frequent use of these outdoor areas for all residents of Los Angeles. We also welcome ideas that inspire creative interaction with these spaces.
Immigrant and Refugee Support
The Los Angeles region should embrace and offer holistic support to immigrants and refugees. We are looking for submissions with ideas for how to best protect the rights of these populations or provide the housing, educational, health, legal, social, personal, and economic resources for them to thrive.
Addressing income inequality comes in many forms, whether directly offering resources to those who need them or implementing projects, programs, and initiatives that address the root causes in our communities. This might include supporting first-generation college students, providing jobs to individuals who have been incarcerated, or giving direct cash payments to low-income families.
K-12 STEAM Education
High-quality K-12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Math) education is essential. Submissions to this issue area can take the form of school-based curriculum support, after-school program activities, extracurricular opportunities, or other initiatives that encourage school-age students to succeed in STEAM.
Applications to the public transit issue area can address expanding access to, increasing the effectiveness of, or improving the quality of public transit options around Los Angeles. This issue area also encompasses ideas for enhancing multimodal access to public transit hubs through walking, biking, scooting, and more for all people, including those with disabilities.
Support for Foster and Systems-Impacted Youth
We are looking for submissions that focus on improving the well-being of youth ages 24 and under who have been impacted by the mental and behavioral health system, the child welfare system, the youth justice system, or other similar systems. We are open to all channels of support – academic, professional, social, legal, personal, and beyond.
Youth Economic Advancement (Sponsored by Funding Partner, to be announced)
For our newest sponsored issue area, we are looking for submissions from organizations working with young people to decrease income inequality, find quality jobs, or advance within careers. There is a special preference for organizations working with Opportunity Youth, those ages 16 to 24 and not in work or school.
If you have an idea to address one or more of these issue areas… APPLY NOW! The application will ask you to indicate the primary issue area you are submitting to, as well as any secondary issue areas your submission may impact.
Do you have additional questions? We invite you to attend one of our upcoming Information Sessions, May 31st and June 13th, or join us at our open Office Hours, available Tuesdays at 3 pm and Fridays at 11 am. Register here. You can also reach out to us via email any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.