The 2021 My LA2050 Grants Challenge is here! We're giving away $1 million to make LA the best place to live, learn, play, create, and connect.

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Meet the PLAY Grantees!

Posted August 25, 2020 by Team LA2050

The PLAY category represents our vision of a Los Angeles where people of all ages have easy access to high-quality, sustainable venues to get active, explore the outdoors, and appreciate our natural environment. By the year 2050, people of all ages will enjoy safe neighborhoods, vibrant park space, and abundant recreational opportunities.

Below, learn more about the five My LA2050 winners making LA the best place to PLAY.

$100,000 Winner: The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks enriches the lives of LA residents by providing safe, welcoming parks and recreation facilities with affordable activities for people of all ages.

Did you know? Rec and Parks manages 16,000 acres of parkland and 92 miles of hiking trails! But with facilities closed due to COVID-19, Rec and Parks is bringing its programming to your home. Head to RecConnectLA for free virtual fitness classes, educational activities, and more.

$50,000 Winner: The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) is bigger than baseball, envisioning a city where every Angeleno, regardless of zip code, has the opportunity to thrive.

LADF applied to My LA2050 for funding to support the construction of its largest project to date, installing the three Dodgers Dreamfields at Gonzales Park in Compton. The new facilities will honor baseball legend Jackie Robinson and his family. Watch this video to learn more about the project.

$25,000 Winner: The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels.

Teachers and caretakers of at-home learners: LAMI is providing a free “Virtual Voyage" science curriculum that addresses California K-12 standards through maritime topics such as the water cycle, the physics of sailing, and ocean pollution. Check it out!

$15,000 Winner: Public Matters is a creative studio for civic engagement, addressing the trust gap between institutions and agencies in historically marginalized neighborhoods and communities.

Public Matters has leveraged its unique talent for using the arts as a lever for social change in solving some of our region's most pressing problems, from food justice to traffic safety. Follow @publicmatters on Instagram for updates.

$10,000 Winner: Urban Warehouse teaches youth the value of education through its after-school program, where they use skateboarding as an academic incentive and incorporate art activities.

Every Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, Urban Warehouse operates a pop-up food pantry at its site in East Los Angeles. During COVID-19, the organization has partnered with LA Care to increase its capacity and serve 500 families per week. Find details on the Urban Warehouse website.

Meet the 2020 LIVE Grantees!

Posted August 11, 2020 by Team LA2050

The LIVE category represents our vision of an LA where all communities have the economic means and cultural capital to thrive. By the year 2050, we hope our region will have the nation's lowest poverty rate, and that all families will have access to healthy food, quality health care, safe housing, and a sustainable environment, no matter where they live or how much money they make.

Below, learn more about the five My LA2050 winners making LA the best place to LIVE.

$100,000 Winner: Clínica Msr. Oscar Romero provides quality, affordable, and culturally-sensitive health care and other services to underserved communities in Pico-Union/Westlake and Boyle Heights regardless of their ability to pay. The organization's My LA2050 project invests in expanding the clinic's telehealth capacity.

Clínica Msr. Romero is on the frontlines of providing care in neighborhoods with some of the highest COVID-19 numbers in our region. Check out this recent piece by ABC7 to learn more about their crucial work.

$50,000 Winner: Crop Swap LA is piloting the creation of a garden district in LA, installing seven income-producing gardens and rainwater harvesting systems at residential homes and employing formerly incarcerated individuals as gardeners.

In the absence of in-person swaps, Crop Swap LA continues to engage with novice and experienced urban farmers through digital meet-ups. Join the next one on September 5. And, for those with fruit trees, you can sign up to have volunteers harvest your extra fruit and share it with direct service partners!

$25,000 Winner: Jenesse Center, Inc. aims to restore families impacted by domestic and sexual violence through holistic, trauma-informed, culturally-responsive services, and advance prevention initiatives that foster and sustain healthy, violence-free communities.

Jenesse Center, Inc. was founded by five Black women in 1980 and is currently celebrating 40 years of providing domestic violence intervention and education services to the Los Angeles community. Learn more about their work here.

$15,000 Winner: Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) works toward the creation of a society where economic benefits and opportunities are equitably distributed, communities are stable, and workers and tenants have the same rights, stature, and power as corporations and property owners.

SAJE recently collaborated to build, a free tool to help tenants nationwide send a letter to their landlord notifying them of an inability to pay rent due to COVID-19. Check out the tool, and share it with those who might need it.

$10,000 Winner: Safe Parking LA's Neighbors for Home is a grassroots initiative that aims to mobilize residents to act around the problem of vehicular homelessness in their neighborhoods.

Did you know that more than 25 percent of LA County's homeless population is living in vehicles? Safe Parking LA supports individuals experiencing vehicular homelessness by providing a safe lot for overnight parking with access to a restroom and a security guard. Fill out this interest form to volunteer.

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