Tell us… how do you turn inspiration into impact?
Welcome to the 2019 My LA2050 Grants Challenge
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 and 60+ metrics tracked over time to evaluate how Los Angeles is faring.
The My LA2050 Grants Challenge is an open call for ideas to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.
A total of $1,000,000 will be awarded among 10 organizations to implement their proposals. Each organization will receive a total of $100,000 and partnership from LA2050 to support its efforts.
Now, we’re asking for your help to turn the LA2050 goals and metrics into action.
The submission period is complete.
Check out the entries. Voting begins on April 22, 2019.
- $1 million
- in grants
- over one year
- Step 1
- You have an idea.
- Step 2
- The LA2050 community rallies around it.
- Step 3
- Together, we make LA the best place to live, learn, play, connect, and create.
Winners will be selected via a two-step process:
50 finalists will be selected by public vote: The public will vote on all approved submissions to the grants challenge. Public vote will surface the top 10 finalists in each goal category.
10 winning proposals will be selected by an internal jury: Goldhirsh Foundation board and staff will select the winners from the 50 finalists. Two proposals in each goal category will be announced as the winners.
Winners will be selected using the following criteria:
- Impact on the LA2050 goals and metrics
- Overall quality of the application
- Ability to mobilize the LA community
- Collaborative spirit
Starting Tuesday, April 22, 2019, you can vote for a proposal on this website.
- Submission Period
- February 28 - March 29, 2019
- All Submissions Online
- April 15, 2019
- Public Voting
- April 22 - April 29, 2019
- Winners Announced
- June 4, 2019
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 the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live by the year 2050. We’re also tracking our progress by evaluating 60+ 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, 1100+ 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 granted more than $5M to almost 50 organizations shaping a brighter future for Los Angeles.
And now we want your help to continue this work!
About the My LA2050 Grants Challenge
This is an open call for ideas to make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live. A total of $1M will be awarded among 10 organizations—two per goal category—to implement their ideas to turn inspiration into impact. Each organization will receive a total of $100,000 over one year 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 by 2020.
LA2050 will 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.
We want to work together! To partner, we plan to:
- Leverage the LA2050 community to support and participate in the project.
- Offer communications assistance to build awareness and thought leadership, including authoring articles, op-eds, and blog posts.
- Amplify messaging on social media and via the LA2050 newsletter to support projects.
- Create design assets as needed.
- Provide technical assistance, strategic input and guidance, and access to experts to incorporate insights on the project.
Our region will offer opportunities for lifelong learning, allowing all residents to contribute their skills, talents, and abilities to society.
By the year 2050, all Los Angeles students will have access to early education programs, every high school student will graduate and be college and career ready, and all parents will be engaged and empowered to direct their children’s learning. LA will capitalize on its concentration of higher education facilities to foster new businesses, advance research, and spur innovation.
- College completion
- College matriculation rates
- District-wide graduation rates
- Proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math
- Early education
- Student education pipeline
- Students’ perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school
- Suspension and expulsion rates
- Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools
- Youth unemployment and underemployment
Our region will empower its residents to harness their creativity by fostering entrepreneurship, cultural diversity, and inclusivity.
By the year 2050, Los Angeles will continue to play host to the largest concentration of working artists in the nation and provide support to maintain (and build) its robust collection of arts establishments. It will lead the nation in manufacturing and become an international leader in technology and innovation. Our region will be a center for entrepreneurial activity that creates jobs and generates wealth for a diverse, flexible, and talented workforce. LA’s business community will reflect the diversity of our region, enhancing our international business opportunities.
- Arts establishments
- Manufacturing activity
- Employment in the creative industries
- Federal research grant funding
- Gini coefficient
- Jobs per capita
- Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”)
- Minority- and women-owned firms
- High growth startups
- Patents per capita
- Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions who remain in LA County five years after graduating
- Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions
- Unemployment (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated
- Venture capital investment
Our region will be a place where people of all ages have easy access to clean, safe, and sustainable venues to enjoy the natural environment, arts and cultural resources, and local beaches, waterways, and open space.
By the year 2050, people of all ages will enjoy safe homes, safe neighborhoods, and safe places to play. Every neighborhood will provide its residents with vibrant park space, every child will have access to afterschool enrichment programs, and residents will love their neighborhoods.
- Access to open space and park facilities
- Attendance at major league sporting events
- Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play
- Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs
- Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities
- Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park
- Per capita crime rates
- Perceived safety
Our region will be a place where every resident has the opportunity to engage and interact with other Angelenos and are empowered to contribute meaningfully in civic processes.
By the year 2050, Los Angeles will be the most civically engaged region in the U.S., with multiple online and offline platforms for residents to voice their opinions and influence elected officials, decision-makers, and local government. Our region’s voting rates and volunteerism will lead the nation, and an expanded network of transportation options will facilitate the easy flow of people and ideas.
- Access to free wifi
- Social & emotional support
- Cultural events
- Public/open streets gatherings
- Government responsiveness to residents’ needs
- Travel time to work
- Public transit riders
- Participation in neighborhood councils
- Rates of volunteerism
- Residential segregation
- Total number of local social media friends and connections
- Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located within a half-mile of transit)
- Voting rates
Our region’s residents will have the economic means and cultural capital to lead active, healthy lives, and everyone benefits from a sustainable environment.
By the year 2050, Los Angeles will have the nation’s lowest obesity rates and every neighborhood will have access to healthy, affordable food. Every family will be able to afford quality health care and housing. And no families will face environmental health hazards because of where they live or how much money they make.
- Access to healthy food
- Housing affordability
- Exposure to air toxins
- Healthcare access
- Local water
- Resilient communities
- Residents receiving coordinated healthcare services
- Tree canopy cover
- Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences
- Mental illness
- Walk/bike/transit score