Grantmaking Overview

HLF supports health and wellbeing in the community by using the framework of social determinants of health to address health disparities and inequities.

While the general health of our community can always be improved, certain populations face multiple barriers to achieving and maintaining positive health outcomes. To focus its grantmaking for greater impact in the community, the Foundation has prioritized key vulnerable populations based on data collection and feedback in its strategic planning process.

HLF has established distinct grant programs to support a spectrum of approaches to address the needs of certain populations and improve overall health outcomes and opportunities in Lakewood:

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Funding Priorities

The HLF Board recognizes that responsible stewardship requires an initial investment of time and resources to ensure our grantmaking process and priorities are effective, efficient, and equitable.
With the help of local experts, we are engaged in intentional educational sessions covering philanthropy, grant-making, social determinants of health, and other important topics specific to the Lakewood community.

Over the coming months, we will apply this learning to inform decisions about funding priorities.

Grantmaking Cycle

The HLF Board continues to develop priorities and organizational guidelines in alignment with our mission, vision, and values that will inform our effective, efficient, and equitable grant-making strategy.

Community Grants

Community Grants are geared toward providers of care and direct service, advocates, community engagement, and research to advance existing programs and envision new strategies.

Funding range: $10,000 - $40,000

Systems-Change Grants

Systems-Level grants are larger grants directed to organizations undertaking system-level efforts (policy, advocacy, research) that seek to address the major challenges faced by certain populations and/or the general Lakewood community.

Neighborhood Opportunity Grants

Neighborhood Opportunity Grants are small, accessible, and community-based grants that support organizations and groups to initiate and expand meaningful projects at the hyperlocal level.

Funding range: $1,000 - $10,000

Social Determinants of Health

What are social determinants of health, and why has the Healthy Lakewood Foundation made them a priority?


Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are the environmental, social, and economic conditions in the places where we live, learn, work and play. The SDoH play a significant role in impacting health equity and health outcomes in a community.

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) believes that social determinants of health are the most significant factors in supporting or hindering the state of health and wellness for Lakewood residents through all stages of life.

HLF has organized its grantmaking programs using social determinants of health. We believe that by focusing our limited financial resources on targeting key social determinants and on certain populations identified through our research and learning, and through community feedback, we are most able to fulfill our vision and mission to serve the entire Lakewood community.