Kaiser Permanente Gives — Volunteer Grant Program

Kaiser Permanente Gives — Volunteer Grant Program

Community engagement plays a crucial role in the work of nonprofit organizations in the Northwest. We are proud of our staff members who volunteer with charitable organizations in communities where they live and work.

To demonstrate our support, Kaiser Permanente Northwest established the Kaiser Permanente Gives volunteer grant program. This program makes $5,000 to $10,000 in grant funding available to qualified charitable organizations to which Kaiser Permanente Northwest employees and clinicians donate their time.

Applications for Kaiser Permanente Gives volunteer grants are reviewed by a committee of Kaiser Permanente Northwest volunteers twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall. Applications must be submitted by the community organization, not by a Kaiser Permanente employee. The 2020 submission deadlines are March 31 and August 31. Grants are announced approximately 60 days after application deadlines.

Program focus areas

We know that good health depends on many basic factors and conditions such as a successful school experience, a good job, stable housing, or access to needed health care. Guided by Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), which strategically inform where Kaiser Permanente Northwest resources will make the greatest impact, our Kaiser Permanente Gives volunteer grants invest in the communities in our service area. In 2020, CHNA focus areas are access to health care, economic opportunity, and mental health and wellness, including addiction/behavioral health. Additional parameters align with national strategies and include specific initiatives around social health, housing, schools, medical financial assistance, Medicaid, cities, and environmental stewardship.

Economic opportunity — The goal of this focus area is to support projects that increase individuals’ economic means to attain basic needs such as food, housing, utility assistance, and childcare to name a few. Projects should help youth and families to become self-sufficient; eliminate barriers that prevent self-sufficiency; and promote educational opportunities, transportation, mentoring, and workforce training and placement.

Access to care — The goal of this focus area is to create equitable and culturally-appropriate access to medical, dental, mental health, and vision care. Projects should focus on ways to increase use of needed health services by populations who typically are underserved.

Mental health — The goal of this focus area is to recognize the social and emotional challenges that individuals and communities are experiencing. Projects should focus on improving the mental health and resilience of our communities through trauma-sensitive systems of care and prevention efforts, addiction and behavioral health treatment programs, and the integration of physical and mental health care in clinical and community settings.

Grant criteria

  • Grant must fit within Kaiser Permanente’s organizational mission.
  • Grant must align with one or more identified CHNA areas of focus listed above.
  • Grant must be from a qualified nonprofit organization or government entity.
  • Employee must have 35 volunteer hours accumulated in the past 12 months for eligibility (MLK Days of Service hours do not qualify).
  • KP Gives Employee Questionnaire must be completed and submitted with the grant application.
  • Grant request must be for programs and services that are open to the broader community.
  • Grant request must be for a program within the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area.
  • Organizations must not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, economic status, educational background, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, nor marital status in their programs, services, polices, hiring practices, and administration.

Service area

Counties within the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area include:

  • Oregon state: Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, Yamhill
  • Washington state: Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, Wahkiakum

Kaiser Permanente is unable to fund

  • Any religious or faith-based organization that
    solely provides services and programs to its congregation/membership/students or provides services for the purposes of advancing religious doctrine or philosophy, regardless of its tax-exempt status (includes any activity, event, or program where the proceeds will be used to support the religious or faith-based organization's general operation)
  • Funds requested for an individual
  • General funds for governmental agencies (private and public schools are not eligible; however, requests to fund a special project may be considered)
  • One-time events such as youth or adult teams, travel costs, runs, walks, fundraisers, conferences, competitions, and memberships
  • Endowment or capital improvement campaigns
  • Foundations that strictly make grants
  • Debt retirement for organizations

To submit a proposal, please access our application portal.

Special instructions

  1. After logging in to the online application, use access code NW!@GR2 when prompted.
  2. Please complete the KP Gives Employee Questionnaire document and upload to the application at the end of the project information section.

For more information or for help completing an application, contact community.benefit@kp.org.