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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 annual competitive grant solicitations for both San Francisco and north San Mateo county. Here is the Request for Proposal (RFP) schedule for 2018:

South San Francisco – 2018 Grants:

Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco (KP-SSF) is interested in funding community partners to address this area’s priority health needs through specific strategies and expected outcomes.  We are requesting proposals for grant activities through a two-part process, beginning with a simple Letter of Intent (LOI) to provide the requested services, with additional information on a 4-page form.  These LOIs will be reviewed for fidelity to the solicitation requirements and expectations, and a select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full grant proposal online to be considered for funding.  This competitive RFP process is the only opportunity in 2018 to request grant funding from KP-SSF.

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.

Grant Award Range:    $10,000 to $40,000

Grant Period:               12 months: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

RFP Timeline:            

RFP Released – Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bidders’ Conference Webex/Call – Friday, January 12 at 1pm

LOI Due – Monday, January 22 by 5pm

Download and save these attachments.  The LOI Form is a Word document that must be completed and sent with the one-page Letter of Intent to:

KP_SSF_2018 Grant LOI Instructions v1a

KP_SSF_2018 Grant LOI Form v2


San Francisco – 2018 Grants:

 The 2018 grants Request for Proposals for San Francisco will focus solely on Behavioral Health services for the homeless.


  • RFP Announcement                       Monday February 5, 2018
  • Bidder’s Conference Webinar:      Monday February 12, 2018, at 1:00 pm
  • Letters of Intent due:                      Friday March 2, 2018, by 5:00 pm

If you want to make sure you are on the RFP announcement email list, please contact Keturah Bush (link at the bottom).



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