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The 2020 My LA2050 Grants Challenge winners have been announced!

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Let's chat about building #LAtogether

Posted February 21, 2016 by

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.

Congrats to the winners of the My LA2050 Grants Challenge!

Posted December 7, 2015 by

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.

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Winners among the top voted are:

  • LEARN: Citizens of the World will develop a model incorporating social-emotional learning into everyday curricula, emphasizing self-regulation and social connection for healthy child development and school safety.
  • CREATE: Los Angeles Review of Books will profile an LA writer or artist each day of the year, bringing exposure, locally and globally, to the vibrant creative community in Los Angeles.
  • PLAY: Grand Park will pilot the installation of permanent shade structures designed by a local artist at the park in Downtown Los Angeles.
  • CONNECT: Los Angeles Promise Zone Initiative will provide students living in the Los Angeles Promise Zone with summer jobs as young ethnographers to conduct 1,800 surveys measuring how the Promise Zone is improving lives.
  • LIVE: Heal the Bay, in partnership with Pacoima Beautiful and the Pacific American Volunteer Association, will launch a multi-language conservation project to improve Angelenos' understanding of water challenges and to introduce Angelenos to water-saving strategies.

The jury voted winners are:

  • LEARN: Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA), LAUSD's first all-girls public STEM high school will create a makerspace to provide students with hands-on experience using new technologies and innovative processes.
  • CREATE: Los Angeles Bioscience Hub, in collaboration with East Los Angeles College (ELAC), will create the Biotech Leaders Academy, establishing a pipeline for East LA's bioscience students to become biotech entrepreneurs.
  • PLAY: People for Parks will unlock six new community school parks in 2016, providing more than 25,000 Angelenos access to a safe park within 1/4 mile from their homes.
  • CONNECT: CASA of Los Angeles will recruit and train 250 new volunteers who will serve as court-appointed advocates on behalf of abused and neglected youth in the foster care system.
  • LIVE: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will provide at least 180 of LA's 320,000 veterans and their families with support as they transition to civilian life through referrals to critical resources and support systems.

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.

The My LA2050 Grants Challenge Results Are In!

Posted November 13, 2015 by Angie Jean-Marie

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

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LA is the best place to CREATE

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LA is the best place to PLAY

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LA is the best place to CONNECT

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LA is the best place to LIVE

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Inspiring Angelenos!

Posted November 12, 2015 by Leah Hubbard

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.

Calendar of #LA2050Listens Events

Posted September 20, 2015 by Angie Jean-Marie

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My LA2050 Grants Challenge Q&A

Posted September 16, 2015 by Angie Jean-Marie

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

Posted September 14, 2015 by Tara Roth

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.

Read more at Vator.tv

$1,000,000 to Make Los Angeles the Best Place to Learn, Create, Play, Connect, and Live

Posted September 8, 2015 by Angie Jean-Marie

Contact: Angie Jean-Marie

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$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.

Goldhirsh Foundation

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.

Angelenos are at it again! Announcing the 2015 My LA2050 Grants Challenge

Posted September 8, 2015 by Angie Jean-Marie

We have been inspired by the Angelenos who have contributed to 500+ submissions, 100,000+ votes and more than $2 million injected into the LA community to support ideas--big and small, new and re-fashioned--to make LA the most amazing region in the world.

We have seen what happens when you tap into the power of Angelenos to change Los Angeles for the better. And we want to see it happen again. We're excited for more submissions, more votes, and greater impact.

Each year, we receive feedback about the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, and we try to respond to those lessons learned. We can't promise perfection, but we can aim for responsive evolution.

To that end, the format of the challenge has changed slightly. There are still two ways to win: this year, the jury will select among the top 10 voted submissions in each goal area and will also select a winner in each category irrespective of votes.To submitters, we can't wait to see what you've got. You inspire us every year. Be sure to check out the FAQs and the submitter toolkit to help answer questions and provide tips to help you conduct outreach once the voting period has begun. We'll also host office hours in September and October to answer more of your questions about the challenge. Stay tuned here on the blog and on Facebook and Twitter for the dates.

To the LA2050 community, we're excited for your participation in the challenge through voting. We can't do this without you and are thankful for your participation. Please share this opportunity with your networks to help amazing organizations change this awesome region.

Keep up with the challenge at la2050.org/challenge and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/la2050), Twitter (www.twitter.com/la2050), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/la2050) using #BetterLA

Announcing the #LA2050Listens Winners!!!

Posted August 12, 2015 by Angie Jean-Marie

Twelve LA organizations to participate in community conversation series about a shared vision for Los Angeles via #LA2050Listens

Today, LA2050 announced the winners of this year's #LA2050Listens grants. Last year, we started #LA2050Listens to solicit feedback from a broad and representative group of Angelenos on the draft LA2050 goals. This year, we put out another call for submissions for events about the latest LA2050 report which incorporates feedback drawn from the previous year's community conversations. This year's #LA2050Listens grants winners will hold events about the shared vision outlined in the report and the metrics LA2050 will use to track progress toward building a better LA.

Through #LA2050Listens, 12 organizations will each receive a $5,000 grant to host local community events about what it takes to build the LA of our dreams. We are so excited about the diversity of these events, ranging from community days to local walking tours! The events are slated to take place before October 20th throughout Los Angeles County.

The winners of this year's #LA2050Listens grants are:

  • Big City Forum will host a community conversation in Spanish and English with Silver Lake residents at the historic Neutra House VDL about redevelopment opportunities, placemaking in underserved communities, and gentrification in LA.
  • Food Chain Workers Alliance & Restaurant Opportunities Center of LA will collaborate with affiliate labor organizations throughout the LA region to host a community town hall meeting in English and Spanish at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center about food justice in Los Angeles.
  • Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles will host “Los Angeles, Our Home 2050," a community forum that will engage residents of Estrada Courts in Boyle Heights, along with local community partners, in a discussion about the future of low-income housing in Los Angeles.
  • Impact Hub will present “ANTIFRAGILE LOS ANGELES: Leveraging Failure for the Future," a retrospective of failed city initiatives in order to create institutional knowledge that new initiatives can leverage to effect change.
  • Impact Rising, in collaboration with YouTube Space LA, Snapchat, 72andSunny, the Center for Nonprofit Management, and The California Endowment, will host a ProduceAthon connecting creatives and content creators with local causes aligned with the LA2050 goals to help tell their story through new media.
  • LA Commons will host a walking tour inspired by the newly released book, Latitude: An Angelenos Atlas, asking a diverse set of Angelenos to create their own unique maps of LA.
  • Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance will build on events surrounding the 2015 Congress of Neighborhoods to host a co-design session bringing together citizen feedback and artist renderings to create a plan for LA's future.
  • Operations-South Bureau Community Stakeholder Collaboration will host three community events in the LAPD's South Bureau service area to spark conversations conducted in English, Korean, and Spanish about the future of Los Angeles.
  • Pacoima Beautiful, with additional support through the Great Streets Challenge Grant from the Mayor's Office and the Urban Land Institute's Healthy Corridors Initiative, will host a listening session to explore the vibrancy of the Van Nuys Boulevard and solicit community input about ways to activate public spaces.
  • River Wild will host a pop-up event in Elysian Valley to highlight and provide proof of concept for the creation of economic development through arts and commerce along the LA River
  • Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College will invite residents of Northeast Los Angeles to participate in a planathon to inspire and inform a city process to update the NELA community plan.
  • Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Council District 15, and LA-Más will collaborate to host pop-up programming and pilot temporary installations that will inform On Avalon, a plan to improve the experience, safety, and viability of Avalon Boulevard in Wilmington.

Here's the full calendar of events.

Be sure to check the blog for updates and follow #LA2050Listens to learn more about these events. We hope you will attend and share your vision for the future of Los Angeles!

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