Taking Action // Our Communities

Northern California


As a nonprofit health plan and health care provider, Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. To support our mission, Kaiser Permanente partners with community organizations to provide grants, technical assistance, communications support, and other types of in-kind services.

In Northern California, our Community Benefit Programs provides grant support to organizations that address health disparities and pressing needs in low-income, underserved, and at-risk communities. Organizations must fall within the grantmaking priority areas and meet our basic eligibility requirements.

For unsolicited requests, the process starts with the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI).

For invited proposals, a staff member of Northern California Community Benefit Programs will provide a specific online application link via email.

Complete information about the application process is available on our How to Apply page.

Please understand that our extensive review process can take two to four months to complete.

Grantmaking Priorities

Northern California Community Benefit Programs provides grants that fall within one or more of the following priority areas. We are particularly interested in evidence-based programs and services that can be replicated elsewhere.

Health Access

  • Programs that reduce barriers to quality care for low-income, uninsured, and underinsured people.
  • Programs that increase access to publicly available health and social services.
  • Support for community health centers, clinic consortia, local health departments, and public hospitals to enhance care and expand treatment capacity.

Healthy Environments

  • Organizations that address health disparities with a specific focus on system, policy, and/or environmental changes that promote health of neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools.
  • Programs that address a demonstrated community need, particularly those addressing obesity, healthy eating, active living, and community violence.

Health Knowledge

  • Organizations or programs that advance health through research, education, and training.
  • Organizations that improve diversity in the health care workforce and the education/training pipeline.
  • Organizations that help educate practitioners, advance research, empower consumers, and inform policymakers about the evidence base for health and health care.

Eligibility Requirements

Geographic Requirements

Northern California Regional Community Benefit Programs funds organizations and programs that lie within the boundaries of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California region.

To be considered for Regional grant support a program must serve more than one local service area and have implications for replication and/or dissemination across the Northern California region.

Organization Tax Status

To be eligible for a Community Benefit grant, an applicant organization (or fiscal agent) must have operations in California, provide programs that align with one or more of our funding priorities, and have nonprofit status of one of the types listed below:

  • 501(c)(3) with 509(a) designation as a non-private foundation
  • 501(c)(19)
  • 501(c)(8) or 501(c)(10) if used solely for charitable purposes and serving the general community
  • Public school or public entity, including local, state, or federal government agency

Funding Limitations

Kaiser Permanente is not able to consider the following types of funding requests:

  • Religious purposes
  • Partisan political activities
  • Athletic or sports activities
  • International or social organizations
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Field trips or tours
  • Individuals

Non-Discrimination Verification

Kaiser Permanente has an unwavering commitment to equal access and opportunity for all persons. Organizations applying for funding will be required to attest that they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, handicap, disability, medical condition, or veteran status either in their employment or their service policies and practices.

Process to Apply

You can learn more about the process for applying for Kaiser Permanente Northern California Regional Community Benefit grants on our How to Apply page.

Other Kaiser Permanente Community Support

If your organization is national in scope or serves a specific local area, or if you are specifically seeking an event-related sponsorship, there are different processes involved.

For Grants:

For Event Sponsorships:

For Current Grantees

If your organization has already received a grant from Kaiser Permanente, visit our Current Grantees page to learn how to credit your grant, get progress and final report templates, find information on communicating about your program and sharing your successes, and download other tools.

For more Information

For more information, please contact NCAL-CB-Programs@kp.org (510) 625-6370.