We’re in this together, LA!
Over the past year, the people of Los Angeles have faced innumerable hardships as COVID-19 devastated our communities and upended our lives.
The social impact sector has responded with care and courage. While we are certainly not surprised, we are in awe of our sector’s determination through it all—quickly transitioning to safe, physically-distant service models, implementing innovative digital programming, and pivoting to respond to urgent and emergent needs.
It has never been more clear that our path toward a brighter future relies on coming together in the present. And, with that spirit of shared responsibility and collective hope in mind, we present our eighth My LA2050 Grants Challenge.
Welcome to the 2021 My LA2050 Grants Challenge
LA2050 is a community-guided initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles centered around five goals and tracked via 65+ regional progress metrics.
The My LA2050 Grants Challenge is an open call for ideas to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.
We need your help to turn the LA2050 goals and metrics into action.
A total of $1,000,000 will be awarded among 25 organizations to implement their proposals. Each organization will receive grant funds and partnership from LA2050 to support its efforts. We are also grateful to offer additional awards from our incredible 2021 My LA2050 funding partners.
In each of the five goal categories, the awards will be…
- 1st place
- 2nd place
- 3rd place
- 4th place
- 5th place
And, check out the additional awards available from this year’s 2021 grants challenge funding partners!
Submissions are open! Apply by Friday, April 2, 2021 (5pm Pacific Time).
Submit your idea
Read our application guidelines.
Selection of Winners
Winners will be selected via a two-step process:
25 finalists will be selected by an external evaluation committee of community leaders, led by Social Venture Partners Los Angeles. As our evaluation partner, SVP will review and score applications to determine five finalists in each goal category.
Finalists will be selected using the following criteria:
- Impact on chosen LA2050 goals and metrics
- Feasibility of proposal
- Impact on people served
- Overall application quality
Finalists will represent a diversity of issues and activities. For more information, view the full evaluation scorecard.
Award levels will be determined via public vote. Voters will determine which organizations place first ($100,000), second ($50,000), third ($25,000), fourth ($15,000), and fifth ($10,000) in each goal category. All 25 finalists that participate in the voting stage will receive a grant, with five grants distributed at each dollar amount (e.g., there will be five $100,000 winners).
Starting Monday, June 21, 2021, you can vote for a proposal on this website. Get notified when voting opens!
- Submission Period
- February 1 - April 2, 2021
- Moderation Period
- April 2 - April 12, 2021
- Evaluation Period
- April 12 - May 28, 2021
- Finalists Announced
- May 28, 2021
- Public Voting
- June 21 - June 28, 2021
- Winners Announced
- July 1, 2021