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My LA 2050 Grant Challenge – Vote for Your Favorites!

Reading about (and voting on) the 25 finalist projects in the MyLA 2050 grant challenge may bring some much needed hopefulness to your day.

While much of the news these days feels fairly hopeless, we were happy to read earlier this week about the progress of a local competition that’s all about hope – the MyLA 2050 Grants Challenge.  The competition for city funding asks non-profits around the LA area “What will you do to make LA the best place to Live/Learn/Create/Play/Connect?” And it offers a total of $1,000,000 the top 25 proposals to help those visions come to fruition.

Recently, the competition announced its 25 finalists – five in each of the five categories – and public voting to allocate fuding among the finalists opened yesterday.  In each category, based on the voting, $100,000 will be awarded to the project that gets the most votes, second place finishers will receive $50,000, third place finishers $25,000, fourth place finishers $15,000 and $10,000 will go to each fifth place finisher (so all 25 finalists will receive at least some funding).

The finalist projects span a wide range of disciplines and community-supportive goals, and reading through them should provide more than a few strong rays of hope in this otherwise fairly gloomy week.  Here’s the list of finalist projects by category:






















Voting in the competition opened to the public yesterday (Monday, July 13) and will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 20. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 27, 2020

You can visit to read about each finalist project in detail, and go to to vote for your favorites (you can vote for one project in each category). 

Also, every day this week at 11:15 a.m., MyLA 2050 is showcasing the finalists in each category live on YouTube, with an opportunity for audience Q & A.  You can find the presentations at the following links. (Events are also archived at these links after the original streams.)

Monday, July 13: PLAY Finalists
Tuesday, July 14: LEARN Finalists
Wednesday, July 15: CREATE Finalists
Thursday, July 16: CONNECT Finalists
Friday, July 17: LIVE Finalists

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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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