In The Community // 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.

Our funding priorities

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

Access to Care: We believe that all people should have access to high quality health care services in coordinated delivery systems.

  • Increase coverage and access to health care for low income and uninsured people
  • Improve health care services and support the safety net delivery system that serves low income, uninsured people
  • Increase access to social, non-medical services for vulnerable and low-income people

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL): Our goal is that all people eat better and move more as part of daily life.

  • Improve healthy eating options in low income, under-resourced communities
  • Increase opportunities for physical activity in low income, under-resourced communities

Violence Prevention: Our vision is that all community members live in safe neighborhoods and at risk youth have opportunities and the support needed to be successful.

  • Improve safety in neighborhoods with high rates of violence
  • Increase resilience among at-risk youth and their families
  • Support healing among youth and families impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • Encourage public discourse that violence is preventable

Workforce Development: Our goal is that all people receive quality care for a diverse, well-trained, skillfully equipped and culturally sensitive health care workforce.

  • Improve college and career readiness among underserved populations and youth from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Increase access to employment and advanced training/education among diverse populations currently underrepresented in the health care workforce
  • Increase diversity and cultural acuity among the current health care workforce

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 (510) 625-6370.