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Each year, we give $1 million+ to nonprofits and other social impact organizations making a better Los Angeles for all through the LA2050 Grants Challenge. But, we take a different approach to grantmaking: we ask Angelenos to determine the issue areas that will receive funding – from homelessness and income inequality to park access – through voting.
This year, voting took place from April 6th to May 8th. Close to 12,000 Angelenos cast 83,000 votes for what matters to them. Then, we received a record-breaking 615 grant applications from social impact organizations with ideas to impact the top-voted issue areas, as well as those sponsored by this year’s Funding Partners.
2023 Grants Challenge Winners
These participants have been awarded grants of $75,000, access to human capital, and support from LA2050.
Co-Creating Health Solutions with Young PeoplePeer Health Exchange
Strengthening Local Ecosystems Through FoodProsperity Market
Co-Empowering Youth Through Healing ArtArts for Healing and Justice Network
Source-to-Sea: The LA River And MeFriends of the Los Angeles River
DignityNOW: Ending Unsheltered HomelessnessDignityMoves
Safe Street Slow JamsLos Angeles Walks
A greener Los Angeles togetherNorth East Trees
Transforming Lives: From Incarceration to CEOsDefy Ventures
Top Rated LA Restaurant Expands Culinary Program in Support of Refugees & ImmigrantsFlavors From Afar
Venice Boulevard For AllStreets For All
2023 Grants Challenge Runners Up
These participants have been awarded $50,000, access to human capital, and support from LA2050.
Increasing Affordable Housing On Religious LandLA Voice
Healing & Empowering Through Arts EmploymentPeople's Pottery Project
(re)Location: Connecting intergenerational immigrant and refugee communitiesLoyola Marymount University
Safe, Walkable, Green Neighborhoods For AllLos Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
Accessible doula care for Los AngelesBirthworkers of Color Collective
Selected by our generous Funding Partners
Annenberg Foundation (Stay tuned!)
By the year 2050, the education system in Los Angeles will be well-resourced and culturally-responsive. All children will have access to early education programs and all families will be engaged in their student’s learning. Students will graduate college- and career-ready, equipped to thrive in the workforce of the future. Our higher education facilities will advance research and spur innovation.
By the year 2050, Los Angeles will be an international leader in innovation across sectors. We will play host to the largest concentration of working artists and high-quality arts establishments. We will be a center for entrepreneurial activity, creating jobs and generating wealth for a flexible, talented, and inclusive workforce. Our business community will reflect the diversity of our region, enhancing our national and international opportunities.
By the year 2050, people from across Los Angeles will live in close proximity to vibrant park space and have easy access to high-quality, sustainable spaces for recreation. We will get active, explore the outdoors, and appreciate our natural environment. All residents will feel a sense of safety and belonging in their communities.
By the year 2050, Los Angeles will be the most civically engaged region in the United States, with abundant platforms for residents to voice their opinions and influence elected officials and other decision-makers. Our region’s voting rates and volunteerism will lead the nation. An expanded, accessible transportation network will facilitate the easy flow of people and ideas.
By the year 2050, Los Angeles will have the nation’s lowest poverty rate and income inequality. All families will have access to fresh and healthy food, high-quality health care, and safe housing, no matter where they live or how much money they make. Our communities will enjoy the benefits of a sustainable environment, from clear skies to clean water.
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’ve granted more than $9 million to impactful organizations with the help of hundreds of thousands of individuals casting votes.
This year's Grants Challenge – LA2050 X – is our 10th. How will it work? First, Angelenos voted for the issues that matter most to them, online from April 6th to May 8th. Then, we opened grant applications to organizations with ideas to address the top-voted issues and those sponsored by Funding Partners. Last, we will evaluate all of the proposals and designate the final awards. Each winning organization will receive grant funding of up to $75,000 and partnership from LA2050 to support its efforts.
- (10) First Prize $75,000
- (5) Second Prize $50,000
- Funding Partner Awards $1.5 Million
All submissions, whether or not they are selected for a grant, will be featured in our LA2050 Ideas Hub. The Ideas Hub is a searchable database of the 2,500+ proposals for a better LA crowdsourced over the previous nine cycles of the LA2050 Grants Challenge.
Since 2013, we’ve supported 140 ideas moving LA toward a brighter future.Check out all of our previous winners.
Al Otro Lado
Anese & Associates
Black Image Center
Boyle Heights Beat
Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce
Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council
CASA of Los Angeles
Children's Action Coalition
Children's Law Center of California
Chinatown Service Center
Covenant House California
Crop Swap LA
Culver City Chamber of Commerce
First Place for Youth
Granada Hills Charter
Heal the Bay
KPFK (90.7 FM)
LA City Council District 1
LA City Council District 6
LA City Council District 7
LA City Council District 12
LA City Council District 13
LA Conservation Corps
LB City Council District 1
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
National Foster Youth Institute
Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County
Nature for All
San Pedro Skatepark Association
Shoes That Fit
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
Thai Community Development Center
The Eisner Foundation
Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation
Trust for Public Land
TRUST South LA
UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge
Youth Mentoring Connection