October 12, 2016

11 Projects Vying for LA2050 Grants

Eleven Community Partners projects are currently in the running for $1 million in challenge grants from LA2050. This year, the challenge has invited the public to not only vote for the proposed initiatives from organizations in their communities, but to explore volunteer opportunities and in-kind donations as well.

Public voting begins on October 18 and organizations in the running could receive $25,000, $50,000, or $100,000 LA2050 grants from this initiative of the Goldhirsh Foundation. See below for Community Partners projects, listed by goals, with links to their entries:



The Engineer Factory

The Engineer Factory, in collaboration with the UCLA MESA Program, Los Angeles Southwest College Urban Teachers Fellowship (LASC UTF) and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles seek to spark the interest of 4th- 8th grade females and students of color in being engineers. LEARN MORE

Say Word

Together, Say Word and 4C LAB empower underserved youth to merge spoken word and dance to share original stories of identity, empathy and while sparking dialogue across diverse communities in LA. LEARN MORE



Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN)

AIYN will provide ongoing multi-disciplinary arts in 16 youth detention sites in order to transform young people, the systems that serve them, and connect them to the creative economy in Los Angeles. LEARN MORE



Industrial District Green

The Green Alley PLAYlab uses the power of play as a strategy to enhance human, ecological and economic health in the Industrial Neighborhoods’ green alleys. LEARN MORE



Big Citizen Hub

Will connect 236 diverse young people, ages 11-26, from all across Los Angeles for 22 Saturdays to learn about diverse communities and address local issues through service. LEARN MORE

Las Fotos Project

Pictures are a powerful way to convey a nonprofit organization’s mission and communicate social impact. But many nonprofits don’t have flexible funds for great photography and marketing. This project will host photoshoots for 20 organizations across Greater LA, in order to help them tell their story and create visual representations of the life-changing work being done. LEARN MORE

California Partnership

Seeks to connect community groups, organizations, and elected officials to build civic power and enact political and social change. LEARN MORE

Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach

The People’s Planning School: Park Equity Project (PPS) organizes residents to transform their parks into inter-generational play hubs that strengthen family bonds and reduce community violence. LEARN MORE

Investing in Place

Access to greater opportunity depends on how you get there. Our team will document and amplify stories of how people get around – and leverage the stories to improve transportation options. LEARN MORE



Grown in LA: Creating Mother Nature’s Metropolis

Grown in LA and partners will reinvigorate an under-utilized site in Griffith Park into an outdoor laboratory that grows and conducts research on climate-appropriate plants for cities in Southern CA. LEARN MORE

Los Angeles Food Policy Council

Join hundreds of Angelenos in creating the new Good Food For All Agenda – a visionary policy platform to create health and resiliency for LA’s food system. LEARN MORE


Combining nutrition education and communal gardening to provide good food, a supportive community and water-wise, food productive landscapes at churches in underserved LA communities. LEARN MORE

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