WE CARE ABOUT LA

Grant applications now open!

We're granting a total of $1 million to organizations that are working to address the issues that matter to Los Angeles.

Applications are open through June 17th, 2022 at 5 pm.

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  • Launch
  • Public voting
  • Submissions OpenWe are here.
  • Evaluation
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  • Winners

Want to learn more?

Join an Information Session or attend Office Hours!

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

Thursday, May 19th, 2022 at 1 pm

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 at 11 am

Monday, June 13th, 2022 at 3 pm

If you have specific questions, we will also be available for drop-in Office Hours on Tuesdays at 3 pm and Fridays at 11 am.

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 among 15 organizations to implement their ideas to address the issues that Angelenos care most about.

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, we're shifting the focus of public voting from organizations.

First, we're asking Angelenos to vote for the issues that matter most to them, online from April 18th to May 6th, 2022. Then, we'll announce the top-voted issues and open grant applications to organizations working in those areas. Last, we'll evaluate all of the proposals and award our annual $1 million in grant funding.

How can my organization apply for funding through this year's LA2050 Grants Challenge?

On May 10th, 2022, we will announce the results of the public vote and open the online application portal.

We welcome submissions from any registered nonprofit, for-profit, fiscally-sponsored nonprofit, or governmental organization in Los Angeles County making an impact on one of the top-voted issues. Stay tuned!

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 $3.5 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.

How do I cast my votes?

We want to know what matters to YOU!

Voting is now closed. Public voting took place between Monday, April 18th, 2022 to Friday, May 6th, 2022 at 11:59 pm, online in both English and Spanish. Any person in the United States over the age of 14 was eligible to vote.

Send us your questions!

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