LA2050 Grants Challenge applications are open now through June 28th, 2024.
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LA2050 Grants Challenge

Applications open!

The votes are in! Now, we're looking for innovative ideas that address the issues Angelenos care about most.

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Join an Information Session or attend Office Hours!

We are hosting four virtual Information Sessions with all that you need to know to put together a successful application. Register now!

101: Introduction to the LA2050 Grants Challenge
*Best for first time applicants!
Tuesday, May 21st at 12:00 pm (PT)
Wednesday, June 12th at 11:00 am (PT)

201: Completing a Successful LA2050 Grants Challenge Application
Thursday, May 30th at 11:00 am (PT)
Monday, June 17th at 1:00 pm (PT)

If you have specific questions, you can also sign up to join us for Office Hours on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm PT and Fridays at 10:30 am PT.

FAQs

What is the LA2050 Grants Challenge?

The LA2050 Grants Challenge is an open call for ideas to make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live. A total of $1 million will be awarded to 15 organizations to implement their ideas to address the issues that Angelenos care most about. Additional grants will also be awarded from this year's Funding Partners, to be announced.

LA2050 will also commit to a one-year partnership with the winners – leveraging its resources, assets, and networks to help the projects succeed. Together, the winning organizations, LA2050, and Angelenos will make progress for the region that will change the course of our future.

How does this year's LA2050 Grants Challenge work?

This year's LA2050 Grants Challenge will unfold in three phases:

First, we asked Angelenos to vote for the issues that matter most to them, online from April 2nd to May 8th, 2024.

Now, we've announce the top-voted issues on May 15th, 2024 and have opened grant applications to organizations working in those areas from May 15th, 2024 to June 28th, 2024.

Finally, we will evaluate all proposals in collaboration with SJP Los Angeles and, along with our Funding Partners, from July 1st to September 26th and award this year's grants on September 26th, 2024.

How do I vote?

Voting for the 2024 LA2050 Grants Challenge was available at LA2050.org from April 2nd, 2024 to May 8th, 2024.

Any person, of any age, in the United States is eligible to vote. Voting was be available in 12 languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Armenian, Russian, Tagalog, Thai, French, and a Visual Assisted version.

Is my organization eligible to apply for funding through the LA2050 Grants Challenge?

Applications will open on May 15th, 2024 and close on June 28th, 2024.

We accept applications from registered non-profit, for-profit, fiscally-sponsored, or governmental organizations serving Los Angeles County and its residents. Both new or existing projects, programs, or initiatives are eligible for funding, as long as your work impacts one or more of this year's issue areas (to be announced).

What kinds of ideas are you looking to support?

We’re open! But here are some ideas about what we’re looking for:

  • Bold ideas that will produce measurable wins for the LA region
  • A spirit of collaboration and desire to unify and amplify collective efforts
  • A clear focus on inclusion, diversity of voices, and equity
  • Efforts that not only produce positive results, but are also focused on increasing local engagement and civic participation
  • A desire to test new strategies

Both new and existing projects, programs, or initiatives are eligible for submission. All winning projects must be completed, and the grant award must be expended, within 12 months of receipt of funds. There are no limitations on administrative or operational expenses.

Do you receive inquiries or answer questions about the Grants Challenge via telephone?

We do not take phone calls or individual meetings during this time due to the number of inquiries we receive.

During the application period (May 15th to June 28th, 2024), we will host several virtual information sessions for those interested in submitting a proposal. Stay tuned!

We are happy to answer your questions any time via email at connect@la2050.org.


Does the idea have to serve all of Los Angeles (City or County)?

No! Your proposal may serve our broader region or zero in on a particular neighborhood, community, or city in Los Angeles County. It’s up to you.

What are the benefits of applying to the LA2050 Grants Challenge?

Beyond the potential to receive a grant for your work, we believe that applying to the challenge will provide additional benefits including:

  • The opportunity to participate in a first-of-its-kind regional effort
  • Increased awareness and exposure via our public platform
  • Increased understanding of LA’s social impact landscape
  • The opportunity to cultivate and build new relationships with peers
  • The chance to build a coalition of committed Angelenos and organizations to support important work in LA
  • The opportunity to learn how to tell a compelling story about your organization’s impact
  • Inspiring the creation of videos, photos, tweets, and pithy messaging to promote your proposal
  • Visibility in front of other foundations and potential alternative funding sources—past challenges have resulted in more than $6.5 million in grants from outside funders using the LA2050 platform for their grantmaking
  • ‘Volunteer’ and ‘Donate’ buttons on each submission page to drive resources to your organization
  • A page on our Ideas Hub, a database of all organizations that have applied to the LA2050 Grants Challenge and their proposals

Are there examples of past winners somewhere?

Yes, just head to our LA2050 Ideas Hub!

I have feedback on the LA2050 goals, issues, and/or metrics. How can I share that with you?

We welcome community input. Email us at connect@la2050.org with your feedback.

Send us your questions!

If you have any questions that aren’t answered on this page, send us an email at connect@la2050.org.

  • Funding Partners

    • Goldhirsh Foundation

      The Goldhirsh Foundation, founder and organizer of the LA2050 Grants Challenge, providing $1 million in grant funds to organizations working on the top-voted issue areas.

    • Annenberg Foundation
    • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
    • Elbaz Family Foundation
    • Fox Foundation
    • John N. Calley Foundation
    • Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
    • Snap Foundation
    • R&S Kayne Foundation
  • Evaluation Partner

    • Social Justice Partners Los Angeles

      Social Justice Partners Los Angeles (SJP), serving as our external evaluation partner. SJP is a membership organization that connects community leaders to nonprofits to tackle Los Angeles’ toughest challenges. All proposals are reviewed, scored, and evaluated by members of SJP.

  • Media Partners

    • KCRW
    • LAist
    • Upworthy