The proposals are here! Finalists will be announced on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Check out the proposals!

About

LA2050 is a community-guided initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles.

With the support of 30,000 Angelenos, we’ve outlined an aspirational vision centered on five goals: to make Los Angeles County the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live by the year 2050. We’re also tracking our progress by evaluating 65+ metrics that assess how Los Angeles is faring.

In 2013, we launched our first signature program, the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, to inspire action and move the needle on the goals and metrics. Through the grants challenge, more than 1,500 creative and innovative proposals were submitted to build a better LA. With the help of hundreds of thousands of individuals who voted on their favorite proposals, LA2050 has granted more than $7 million to more than 85 organizations shaping a brighter future for Los Angeles.

And now we want your help to continue working toward a brigher future!

About the My LA2050 Grants Challenge

This is an open call for ideas to make Los Angeles County the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live. A total of $1M will be awarded among 25 organizations—five per goal category—to implement their ideas to turn inspiration into impact. Each organization will receive an award of between $10,000 to $100,000 to support its efforts.

The proposals should aim to engage Angelenos to make a specific, tangible impact on one of the LA2050 goals and metrics over the next year.

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

LA2050 Partnership

We want to work together! For winning proposals, LA2050 will offer the following partnership opportunities:


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Learn

Our region will offer abundant, equitable opportunities for lifelong learning.

By the year 2050, our local education system will be well-resourced and culturally-responsive, all children will have access to high-quality early education programs, and all families will be engaged and empowered to direct their student’s learning. Students will graduate college- and career-ready, equipped to thrive in the workforce of the future. LA will capitalize on its concentration of higher education facilities to advance research and spur innovation.

Metrics

  • High school graduation rates
  • College matriculation
  • Community college completion
  • College graduates
  • Proficiency in English Language Arts
  • Proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)
  • Early education enrollment
  • Suspension and expulsion rates
  • K-8 chronic absenteeism
  • Opportunity youth (“Disengaged youth” 16-24 not working or in school)
  • Arts education
  • Enrollment in afterschool programs
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Create

Our region will empower its residents to harness their creativity through both artistic expression and entrepreneurship.

By the year 2050, Los Angeles will play host to the largest concentration of working artists and high-quality arts establishments. Our region will be an international leader in innovation and production across sectors. Our region will be a center for entrepreneurial activity that creates jobs and generates wealth for a flexible, talented workforce from all backgrounds. LA’s business community will reflect the diversity of our region, enhancing our international opportunities.

Metrics

  • Arts establishments, installations, and exhibitions
  • Employment in the creative industries
  • Employment in the tech industries
  • Manufacturing activity
  • Access to banks and financial institutions
  • Economic opportunities for the formerly incarcerated
  • Income inequality
  • Jobs per capita
  • Unemployment rate
  • Minority- and women-owned firms
  • High-growth startups
  • Federal research grant funding
  • Patents
  • Venture capital investment
  • Global cultural and economic influence (“soft power”)
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Play

Our region will provide abundant, enjoyable recreational opportunities for people of all ages.

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 venues to get active, explore the outdoors, and appreciate our natural environment. All residents will feel a sense of safety and belonging in their neighborhoods.

Metrics

  • Access to open space and park facilities
  • Parks with intergenerational play opportunities
  • Easy access to a safe park
  • Walking and biking
  • Open streets gatherings
  • Perceived neighborhood safety
  • Students’ sense of safety at and on the way to school
  • Youth sports participation
  • Prevalance of trauma and adverse childhood experiences
  • Gun-violence victims
  • Crime rates
  • Obesity
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Connect

Our region will be a place where every resident is empowered to engage with others and participate in civic processes.

By the year 2050, Los Angeles will be the most civically engaged region in the U.S., 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, and an expanded, accessible transportation network will facilitate the easy flow of people and ideas.

Metrics

  • Internet access
  • Social & emotional support
  • Public arts and cultural events
  • Government responsiveness to residents’ needs
  • Travel time to work
  • Public transit ridership
  • Neighborhood council participation
  • Volunteerism
  • Residential segregation
  • Transit-accessible housing and employment
  • Voting rates
  • Disability access and inclusion
  • LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion
  • Immigrant integration
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Live

Our region’s residents will have equitable access to the environmental, economic, and cultural resources needed to thrive.

By the year 2050, Los Angeles will have the nation’s lowest poverty rate. 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.

Metrics

  • Access to healthy food
  • Food insecurity
  • Healthcare access
  • Access to mental health services
  • Homelessness
  • Housing access and affordability
  • Water pollution
  • Local water
  • Water-use efficiency
  • Air quality
  • Renewable energy use
  • Tree canopy cover
  • Poverty rate
  • Resilient communities
  • Older adult well-being