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FAQs About the My LA2050 Grants Challenge

Posted March 2, 2020 by Team LA2050

We love hosting webinars to help you create your My LA2050 Grants Challenge applications. Check out some frequently asked questions from participants below. You can also see our complete list of FAQs here. If you'd like to ask your own question, sign up for our final webinar will take place on March 12 or you can attend in person by RSVPing here.

Can fiscally-sponsored groups apply?

Answer: Yes!

Can we apply in more than one goal category?

Answer: Yes, as long as you're applying with distinct proposals

How do we build budgets since we don't know at what level we'll be funded? Do we shoot for the $100K?

Answer: Shoot for the stars! Build your budget for the $100,000 top prize. LA2050 will work with you to adjust accordingly if you receive a smaller grant.

How does LA2050 define "LA”?

Answer: the County of Los Angeles

What supporting documentation do we need?

Answer: If you're applying as a 501(c)(3), your IRS determination letter. If you're applying as a business, your business license.

How do we determine which of the five goal categories best fits our application?

Answer: Start with our 68 LA2050 impact metrics! Find the ones that align best with your organization's goals, and choose your category based on the metrics.

How will projects be reviewed and scored?

Answer: This year, Social Venture Partners is serving as our external evaluation partner. We've posted the full scorecard they'll be using on our website at

Does the grants challenge fund existing projects, or only new project proposals?

Answer: Both! We're glad to accept submissions for both new and ongoing projects and programs.

Does our organization need to be based in Los Angeles?

Answer: No, but the activities of your proposal must directly serve Los Angeles County.

Are there any limitations on funding for overhead, capital improvement, or administrative costs?

Answer: There are no limitations to overhead, capital improvement, or administrative costs. Please just ensure that your budget aligns with the activities you've outlined in your proposal, and that the grant funds will be expended within the 12-month grant period.

What time period should the timeline cover?

Answer: The 12-month grant period will be from July 2020 to July 2021.