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Community Benefit Program

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. Kaiser Permanente has been serving the San Francisco community since 1948.

As a values-driven, not-for-profit, integrated health care organization, we invest our resources in evidence-based strategies to assure effective healthcare for our 10+ million members. To improve overall community health, Kaiser Permanente supports nonprofit and government partners with similar missions and the same focus on proven effectiveness of services.

Like our approach to medicine, our work in the community is prevention-focused, and we go beyond traditional corporate philanthropy or grant-making to leverage financial resources with medical research, physician expertise, and clinical practices. Our Community Benefit investments include service grants, event sponsorships, donations, technical assistance and volunteer contributions to nonprofit organizations and local government agencies serving vulnerable San Francisco residents.

2015 Grant Solicitation Announced

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco’s (KP-SF) Community Benefit grants support local, health-focused, direct service nonprofit and governmental organizations whose mission and services align closely with our Community Benefit Plan.  This 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP) process is the only open invitation during this calendar year to apply for grant funding for services in 2016.

This is a targeted solicitation for specific services provided to low-income, vulnerable San Franciscans with health disparities in specific neighborhoods.  Prospective applicants should review the 2015 Grant LOI Form and the 2015 Grant RFP – LOI Instructions (attached here) and participate in the Bidders Conference Call on Oct. 15, 2015.

RFP Essentials:

This is a competitive grants solicitation like last year’s, in two parts:

  1. Letter of Intent (LOI) consisting of a cover letter and a 3-page form, and if selected:
  2. Full Proposal submitted online with required documents.

Key dates for the RFP process:

Thursday, October 1st
Request for Proposals announced

Thursday, October 15, at 1 pm

Bidders Conference Call

call 888-240-3210, access code: 6473622

Friday October 30th, by 5:00 pm Letter of Intent due
Monday, November 30th Invitations to submit full proposals will be sent to a select list
Friday, January 8, 2016, by 5pm Full proposals due through online submission
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Award notification to selected grantees
Tuesday, April 1, 2016 Funded services begin


Community-based, nonprofit organizations and local government agencies providing direct services to low-income San Franciscans are eligible to apply, as well as current and past grantees.

Grant funding range: $10,000 to $50,000

Grant-funded service period: April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017

If the proposed service is linked to the school year, applicants may request a later grants period, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Grant Solicitation Categories

This year’s grant solicitation categories are very specific and focused on implementation strategies from KP-SF’s Community Benefit Plan.  LOI proposals will be reviewed for fidelity to the objectives, focus and expected outcomes listed for each category in the attached 2015 Grant RFP – LOI Instructions.

  1. Access to Care —  Chronic Disease Management
  • Objective: Improve access to culturally competent care and appropriate utilization of services by providing support to individuals managing their chronic disease through evidence-based practices coordinated with medical care.
  • Focus: Individuals with chronic diseases — including diabetes, HIV, hypertension, asthma, depression, etc.
  • Expected Outcomes: Individuals are engaged in a structured program of services coordinated with primary care that supports their efforts to maintain or improve their health.
  1. HEAL —  Healthy Eating – Plant-based nutrition
  • Objective: Teach and encourage adoption of healthier eating behaviors focusing on whole, plant-based foods.
  • Focus: Individuals with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity.
    • For adults – the evidence-based strategy is “plant-based diet” (see attached evidence and example of education materials available)   Plant-Based Diet booklet        Plant-Based Diet evidence
    • For children – applicants will propose evidence-based strategies to encourage consumption of plant-based foods and less processed foods.
  • Expected Outcomes: Individuals are engaged in learning about, sampling, and adopting plant-based food choices.
  1. HEAL —  Active Living
  • Objective: Provide opportunities for regular physical activity and encourage children, adults and seniors to adopt a more active lifestyle.
  • Focus: Individuals in populations with high disparity rates for obesity and overweight.
  • Expected Outcomes: Individuals are more active with recommended amounts of daily exercise.
  1. Safe & Healthy Environments —  Prevent Intentional Injuries
  • Objective: Reduce deliberate behaviors that can result in injury to children and teens.
  • Focus: Intentional injuries include self-inflicted and interpersonal acts of physical or emotional violence intended to cause harm;  these behaviors include bullying, fights, child abuse, domestic and dating violence, suicide attempts and other deliberate actions that can result in injury and trauma.
  • Expected Outcomes: Target behaviors are reduced, and children learn how to have healthy relationships and how to avoid or cope with persons or situations that can lead to injuries.

Targeted Populations and Neighborhoods

Because the most recent health data indicate significant health disparities still exist among sub-groups of the San Francisco population, this grant solicitation will focus on services to residents of specific neighborhoods and populations with health disparities.  These neighborhoods are in the central and southern sections of the city in parts of zip codes 94102, 94103 (Tenderloin, Central City) 95115, 94117 (Western Addition), 94110 (Mission), 94124 (Bayview, Hunters Point), 94134 (Sunnydale, Visitacion Valley), 94112 (Crocker Amazon, Ingleside, Oceanview, Excelsior).  Proposals that do not serve residents of these areas will not be considered for funding.

Required Service Elements

Kaiser Permanente expects grantees to improve community health through attention to the same standards that characterize our work.  Therefore, all LOIs will be screened for adherence to these requirements:

  • Evidence-based strategies — External evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed strategy (best practice, research study, etc.) must be described in the LOI and submitted with the full proposal, and the elements that make the strategy successful must translate to the workplan and link to the expected outcome.
  • Measurement of impact – The effect of the proposed strategy must be measured for the individuals served, and compared to baseline data. Something must change and be tracked.
  • Collaboration – Applicants must confirm a practical, working relationship with other providers who serve the same clients/target population.
  • Organizational Wellness Policy – This year, grantees will be required to develop a worksite wellness policy for staff and clients that assures, at a minimum, that no sugar-sweetened beverages are served, and ideally addresses healthy food and beverages and physical activity. The Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC) is available to work with all Kaiser Permanente grantees to develop worksite wellness policies.  (see attached description)            BANPAC Worksite Wellness


We support events and activities of community-based nonprofit organizations through two different funding categories:

  1. Community Benefit — supports local nonprofit organizations whose mission and services to vulnerable, low-income San Franciscans align closely with the Community Benefit health priority areas listed above.
  2. Community Relations – supports local nonprofit organizations whose events and activities reflect Kaiser Permanente’s mission and cause, and align with the Community Relations program.  Support is provided through partnerships, direct sponsorships, and volunteer efforts.

Applications for sponsorships are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the year, and must be received a minimum of three months prior to the date of the event.  We accept only one sponsorship funding request from an eligible agency each calendar year, and grantees cannot apply for sponsorship in the same year they receive grant funding.  To apply for a sponsorship, review our Request Guidelines.

San Francisco Community Investment Reports

Community Health Needs Assessment

We are proud to share with you our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report. The report reflects Kaiser Permanente’s long-standing commitment to working with other organizations to address the most urgent health needs in the communities we serve.  We invite you to view the Community Health Needs Assessments for each Kaiser Foundation Hospital and submit comments on our CHNA web page.


Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Community Benefit Team

Jim Illig, Community Benefit Manager
Nancy Leung, Community Benefit Specialist