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Welcome to the 2020 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. Additional funding and prizes will be awarded by this year’s My LA2050 partners.
In each of the five goal categories, the awards will be…
- 1st place
- 2nd place
- 3rd place
- 4th place
- 5th place
Check out the additional prizes offered by our 2020 grants challenge partners.
The winners have been announced!
Check out the winners
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 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).
The winners have been announced!
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- Submission Period
- February 3 - April 3, 2020
- Moderation Period
- April 3 - April 13, 2020
- Evaluation Period
- April 13 - May 25, 2020
- Finalists Announced
- May 25, 2020
- Public Voting
- July 13 - July 20, 2020
- Winners Announced
- July 27, 2020
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, 1300+ 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 $6M to more than 60 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 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.
We want to work together! For winning proposals, LA2050 will offer the following partnership opportunities:
- 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 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.
- 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
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, 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
- Venture capital investment
- Global cultural and economic influence (“soft power”)
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 and residents will love their neighborhoods.
- 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
Our region will be a place where every resident has the opportunity to engage and interact with other Angelenos and is 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.
- 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
- Residential segregation
- Transit-accessible housing and employment
- Voting rates
- Disability access and inclusion
- LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion
- Immigrant integration
Our region’s residents will have the economic means and cultural capital to lead active, healthy lives, and enjoy the benefits of a sustainable environment.
By the year 2050, Los Angeles will have the nation’s lowest poverty rate 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
- Food insecurity
- Healthcare access
- Access to mental health services
- 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