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

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

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For a better LA!

The LA2050 Grants Challenge is an open call for ideas to make Los Angeles County the best place to connect, create, learn, live, and play. Since 2013, we have launched 10 cycles of the Grants Challenge, giving more than $10 million to 140 local social impact organizations with the help of hundreds of thousands of people casting votes in support. The 2024 LA2050 Grants Challenge is our 11th.

So, how will the 2024 Grants Challenge work? First, almost 15,000 Angelenos cast 105,000 votes for the issues that matter most to them from April 2nd to May 8th. Now, we've opened grant applications to organizations with ideas to address the top-voted issues. Last, in collaboration with our evaluators and funding partners, we'll evaluate proposals and award grants of up to $75,000.

Key Dates


April 2nd - May 8th, 2024

Issue area voting open

May 15th, 2024

Results announced

May 15th - June 28th, 2024

Grant applications open

July 1st - September 26th, 2024

Submission evaluation

September 26th, 2024

Grant recipients announced

About the LA2050 Grants Challenge

LA2050 is a community-guided initiative, operated by the Goldhirsh Foundation, driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of LA.

Our most significant program is the LA2050 Grants Challenge – an annual call for ideas to make LA the best place to connect, learn, live, play, and create with more than $1 million in grants available. The Grants Challenge is unique in that it turns the power of grantmaking over to the public through online voting.

Since 2013, we have launched 10 cycles of the Grants Challenge, giving more than $10 million to 140 local social impact organizations with the help of hundreds of thousands of people casting votes in support.

For last year’s Grants Challenge – LA2050 X, in recognition of our 10th anniversary – we went big. We engaged 140 Youth Ambassadors in telling their friends, family, and neighbors to vote. We enlisted more than 50 community partners in spreading the word. And, for the first time, we launched pop-ups that brought in-person voting to iconic locations around LA. In total, almost 12,000 people cast more than 80,000 votes to determine the issue areas that would be funded. And, together with our Funding Partners, we awarded $2.5 million to 51 local social impact organizations out of a record-breaking 615 applicants.

Now, we are excited to be in the midst of our 2024 Grants Challenge.

LA2050 Goals

Together with the LA2050 community, we developed five goals for Los Angeles in the year 2050 – to make Los Angeles the best place to connect, create, learn, live, and play.

The goals were shaped through the engagement of tens of thousands of Angelenos and input from experts, advisors, and partners. Each of the goals is supported by a set of metrics that, taken together, define what it will mean for us to achieve success.

Prizes

Goldhirsh Foundation

The Goldhirsh Foundation will award a total of $1 million to local social impact organizations via the LA2050 Grants Challenge – broken down into 10 first-place prizes of $75,000 and five second-place prizes of $50,000.

PRIZE

$1 Million

(10) First Prize

PRIZE

$75,000

(5) Second Prize

PRIZE

$50,000

Funding Partner Awards

We also invite other philanthropic organizations to collaborate and sponsor their own awards.

PRIZE

$1.5 Million

Ideas Hub

All submissions, whether or not they are selected for a grant, will be featured on our LA2050 Ideas Hub. The Ideas Hub is a searchable database of the 3,100+ proposals for a better LA, crowdsourced over the previous 10 cycles of the LA2050 Grants Challenge.

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The winning issue areas!

Our top 10 issues, as selected by Angelenos.

  • #1

    Support for Foster and Systems-Impacted Youth

    41%
  • #2

    K-12 STEAM Education

    37%
  • #3

    After-School Program Access

    35%
  • #4

    Early Education (ages 0 to 5)

    28%
  • #5

    High School Graduation

    22%
  • #6

    College Completion

    16%
  • 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