My LA2050

Grants Challenge

$1,000,000 to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.



How can we as Angelenos collectively help guide $1,000,000 in grants to build the LA2050 of our dreams?

Over the last few years, a community of civic-minded Angelenos has shared a vision for the future of Los Angeles. The goals for LA in the year 2050 – on which the My LA2050 Grants Challenge is built – are drawn from citizen visions, the LA2050 report that codifies those goals and metrics to track progress, and input from advisors and partners. Tens of thousands of you helped us finalize those goals via #LA2050Listens. Now, we want you to tell us how we can turn these goals into action.

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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
  • College completion
  • 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
Propose a learn project


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
Propose a create project


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
Propose a play project


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
Propose a connect project


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
  • Waterways
  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Healthcare access
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Obesity
  • Local water
  • Resilient communities
  • Residents receiving coordinated healthcare services
  • Tree canopy cover
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences
  • Homelessness
  • Mental illness
  • Walk/bike/transit score
Propose a live project


  • Submission period

    Sept 6, 2016 – Oct 4, 2016
  • Voting period

    Oct 18, 2016 – Oct 25, 2016
  • Winners announced

    Dec 6, 2016

Why apply?

Besides the prospect of being part of a $1 million investment in
making our region better – there are other major benefits to
applying. Applicants have reported several benefits to participating
in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, including:

  • The opportunity to create or crystallize a new idea or project
  • Increased awareness and exposure around your proposal
  • Increased understanding of the LA social impact landscape
  • The opportunity to cultivate and build new relationships with peers
  • The opportunity to learn how to tell a compelling story about your
    organization’s impact
  • Real-time feedback loops from your peers
  • Inspires the creation of videos, photos, tweets, and pithy messaging to
    promote your proposal
  • Visibility in front of other foundations and potential alternative funding
    sources. Many groups that did not win a My LA2050 grant received
    funding from other funders due to exposure on the My LA2050 platform.
  • Some My LA2050 winners had non-winning proposals in previous
    challenges. Persistence pays off!
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Past winners


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