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Greater San Francisco Area Community Benefit Program

The Greater San Francisco service area includes the City and County of San Francisco (served by our San Francisco Medical Center on Geary Blvd.) and the northern part of San Mateo County (served by our South San Francisco Medical Center on El Camino Real).

In addition to providing subsidized health care and coverage for low-income people, Kaiser Permanente engages the community with a variety of resources including: service grants to address identified health needs, donations and sponsorships to support events and activities of our community partners, in-kind donations and volunteers, and technical assistance from our clinicians and healthcare experts.

To learn more about what we do, visit our section of the Northern California Annual Community Benefit Report.


Kaiser Permanente provides financial support to local nonprofit health and human service organizations that serve low-income, under-resourced communities.  Grants must address the priority health needs identified in the last Community Health Needs Assessment.

The Greater San Francisco service area conducts an annual competitive grant solicitation for services in San Francisco, and a separate solicitation in north San Mateo county.  This competitive RFP process is the only opportunity in 2018 to request grant funding from Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and South San Francisco.

South San Francisco – 2018 Grants:

Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco issued a Request for Proposals on January 4 for direct service grants to address this area’s priority health needs through specific strategies and expected outcomes.  These grant applications have been reviewed and certain applicants were invited to submit full proposals which are due on Monday February 26.  Final decisions about grant awards will be announced on May 1 for one-year grants to begin July 1, 2018.

Funding Priorities:

  1. Healthy Eating / Active Living
    1. Increase access to healthy, affordable foods, including fresh produce, and decrease access to unhealthy food.
    2. Reduce access to and appeal of sugar-sweetened beverages.
    3. Increase access to physical activity opportunities in the community.
    4. Increase access to safe parks and public spaces.
  2. Access to Care and Coverage
    1. Increase and systematize access to needed social non-medical services.
  3. Behavioral Health
    1. Provide access to programs, services or environments that evidence suggests improve overall social/emotional wellness.
    2. Improve navigation to appropriate behavioral health care within the healthcare system and support services in the community.


San Francisco – 2018 Grants:

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco requests proposals for grants to engage persons who are homeless into care, specifically to address their behavioral health needs.  This is the sole focus of the 2018 competitive grants solicitation.  Other health needs that have been the focus of past solicitations (Access to Care and Healthy Eating Active Living) will be addressed in the 2019 RFP.

These grants are expected to improve connections to services for persons who are currently un-housed through increased street outreach, engagement and case management to address their immediate social non-medical needs, and their mental health and substance use disorder issues.  This funding can also be used by community-based providers willing to develop the expertise to link vulnerable populations in their neighborhoods to the stabilization services they need.  Our goal is to improve community health by supporting the outreach end of the continuum of care for homeless residents.

This offer of grant funding is targeted to support three types of community-based agencies:

  1. Organizations that are now conducting homeless outreach and have established connections to the next level of care (navigation centers, shelters, clinics, etc.), to expand existing services.
  2. Organizations with case management and behavioral health expertise willing to develop new outreach and engagement strategies targeting their homeless neighbors.
  3. Organizations that can train peer counselors to join homeless outreach teams.

We are soliciting direct-service grants through a two-part process, beginning with a simplified proposal, or Letter of Intent (LOI), consisting of a summary cover letter and 3-page form.  These LOIs will be reviewed for fidelity to the expectations of this RFP, and a select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full grant proposal online to be considered for funding.


  • RFP Announcement                       Monday February 5, 2018
  • Bidder’s Conference Webinar:      Monday February 12, 2018, at 1:00 pm      Access the Webinar through this link:

  • Letters of Intent due:                      Friday March 2, 2018, by 5:00 pm

Download the Letter of Intent (LOI) form and instructions here.

KP_SF_2018 Grant LOI Instructions                                          KP_SF_2018 LOI Form



Kaiser Permanente in the Greater San Francisco Service Area partners with community-based organizations to support events and activities addressing our identified health needs, and promoting healthy lifestyles, education, workforce development, and environmental stewardship. To secure the levels of approval necessary to authorize a donation, we require all requests to be submitted at least three months before the date of your event/activity.

See the attached KP-SF Sponsorship Guidelines 2017 for eligibility criteria, funding categories, and instructions to submit the initial email and online application. For further information about the sponsorship request process, email or call 415-833-9508.

San Francisco Community Investment Reports

Community Health Needs Assessment

We are proud to share with you our San Francisco and South San Francisco 2016 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.

Conducting these assessments and making them available to the public is also important in meeting new federal requirements outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 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 Greater San Francisco Community Benefit Team

Jim Illig, Community Benefit Manager
Keturah Bush, Contributions Operations Specialist