The 2021 My LA2050 Grants Challenge has started!

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This page is an archive of the 2018 challenge.


LA2050 is a community-guided initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles.

With the support of 30,000 Angelenos we’ve outlined an aspirational vision centered on five goals: to make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live by the year 2050. We’re also tracking our progress by evaluating 60+ metrics over time that assess how Los Angeles is faring.

In 2013, we launched our first signature program, the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, to inspire action and move the needle on the goals and metrics. Through the grants challenge, 1100+ creative and innovative proposals were submitted to build a better LA. With the help of 200,000 individuals who voted on their favorite proposals, $4M in funds were granted to 42 organizations shaping a brighter future for Los Angeles.

And now we want your help to take all of this work to the next level! We want you to help us answer: how can we engage 100,000 Angelenos to make measurable progress towards achieving our shared vision?

About the My LA2050 Activation Challenge

This is an open call for ideas to activate 100,000 Angelenos to make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live. A total of $1M will be awarded among five organizations—one per goal category—to implement their ideas to engage Angelenos. Each organization will receive a total of $200,000 over two years to support their efforts.

The activations should aim to engage Angelenos to make a specific, tangible impact on one of the LA2050 goals and metrics by 2020. The activations can use a variety of engagement strategies to create progress, including but not limited to policy advocacy, community organizing, volunteering, buycotts/boycotts, digital activism, or use of civic tech.

LA2050 will commit to a two-year partnership leveraging its resources, assets, and networks to help the activations succeed. Together, the winning organizations, LA2050, and Angelenos will produce five major wins for the region that will change the course of our future.

LA2050 Partnership

We want to work together! To partner, we plan to:

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Our region will offer opportunities for lifelong learning, allowing all residents to contribute their skills, talents, and abilities to society.

By the year 2050, all Los Angeles students will have access to early education programs, every high school student will graduate and be college and career ready, and all parents will be engaged and empowered to direct their children’s learning. LA will capitalize on its concentration of higher education facilities to foster new businesses, advance research, and spur innovation.


  • College completion
  • College matriculation rates
  • District-wide graduation rates
  • Proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math
  • Early education
  • Student education pipeline
  • Students’ perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school
  • Suspension and expulsion rates
  • Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools
  • Youth unemployment and underemployment
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Our region will empower its residents to harness their creativity by fostering entrepreneurship, cultural diversity, and inclusivity.

By the year 2050, Los Angeles will continue to play host to the largest concentration of working artists in the nation and provide support to maintain (and build) its robust collection of arts establishments. It will lead the nation in manufacturing and become an international leader in technology and innovation. Our region will be a center for entrepreneurial activity that creates jobs and generates wealth for a diverse, flexible, and talented workforce. LA’s business community will reflect the diversity of our region, enhancing our international business opportunities.


  • Arts establishments
  • Manufacturing activity
  • Employment in the creative industries
  • Federal research grant funding
  • Gini coefficient
  • Jobs per capita
  • Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”)
  • Minority- and women-owned firms
  • High growth startups
  • Patents per capita
  • Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions who remain in LA County five years after graduating
  • Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions
  • Unemployment (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated
  • Venture capital investment
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Our region will be a place where people of all ages have easy access to clean, safe, and sustainable venues to enjoy the natural environment, arts and cultural resources, and local beaches, waterways, and open space.

By the year 2050, people of all ages will enjoy safe homes, safe neighborhoods, and safe places to play. Every neighborhood will provide its residents with vibrant park space, every child will have access to afterschool enrichment programs, and residents will love their neighborhoods.


  • Access to open space and park facilities
  • Attendance at major league sporting events
  • Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play
  • Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs
  • Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities
  • Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park
  • Per capita crime rates
  • Perceived safety
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Our region will be a place where every resident has the opportunity to engage and interact with other Angelenos and are empowered to contribute meaningfully in civic processes.

By the year 2050, Los Angeles will be the most civically engaged region in the U.S., with multiple online and offline platforms for residents to voice their opinions and influence elected officials, decision-makers, and local government. Our region’s voting rates and volunteerism will lead the nation, and an expanded network of transportation options will facilitate the easy flow of people and ideas.


  • Access to free wifi
  • Social & emotional support
  • Cultural events
  • Public/open streets gatherings
  • Government responsiveness to residents’ needs
  • Travel time to work
  • Public transit riders
  • Participation in neighborhood councils
  • Rates of volunteerism
  • Residential segregation
  • Total number of local social media friends and connections
  • Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located within a half-mile of transit)
  • Voting rates
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Our region’s residents will have the economic means and cultural capital to lead active, healthy lives, and everyone benefits from a sustainable environment.

By the year 2050, Los Angeles will have the nation’s lowest obesity rates and every neighborhood will have access to healthy, affordable food. Every family will be able to afford quality health care and housing. And no families will face environmental health hazards because of where they live or how much money they make.


  • Access to healthy food
  • Housing affordability
  • Waterways
  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Healthcare access
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Obesity
  • Local water
  • Resilient communities
  • Residents receiving coordinated healthcare services
  • Tree canopy cover
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences
  • Homelessness
  • Mental illness
  • Walk/bike/transit score
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