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.
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.
Counties within the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area include:
To submit a proposal, please access our application portal.
For more information or for help completing an application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.