Neighborhood Opportunity Grants

Applications may be submitted between August 14 and September 26, 2023.

Neighborhood Opportunity Grants support community-based projects and initiatives in Lakewood. Through this funding, HLF seeks to support local efforts that:

  • Build and support community through activities, events, programming, and/or resource sharing.
  • Address one or more social determinants of health.
  • Advance our understanding of the needs of community members through innovative and creative projects.

We welcome you to apply and to learn more by exploring the information provided. We are here to help you through this process and have many options to support you.  Please do not hesitate to reach out via email at

HLF’s grantmaking is focused on addressing the social determinants of health. We believe that the conditions of our community impact our health and well-being.  We also believe that local groups have ideas and solutions to advance the health of our community.  This funding seeks to support those creative ideas.

Grant amount

Grants range in size from $1,000 – $10,000 per year.

Grant duration

Grant funding will be available for up to one full calendar year.

Applications must demonstrate and will be evaluated on the following:


  • Clarity – the group has a concise and clear explanation of what the project is and how it will be implemented.
  • Feasibility – the group has a reasonable timeline and budget for implementing the project.
  • Lakewood-Serving – Lakewood residents or Lakewood-based institutions are directly served as key beneficiaries of the project.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion are incorporated into the project plan.
  • Learning – there is a plan for tracking and sharing the learning from this project within the group and with the Foundation.

⇒  Lakewood-based and Lakewood-serving:


Fiscally sponsored groups and individuals (please reach out to an HLF staff member to learn more about fiscal sponsorships

Eligible grant seeking organizations do not need to be headquartered in Lakewood. However, HLF will only support programs and projects in which Lakewood residents or Lakewood-based institutions are either key beneficiaries or directly served.

Note: Even if your organization has applied and/or been awarded for funding from one of HLF’s other grantmaking programs, you may apply for a Neighborhood Opportunity Grant as well.

Sorry, we don’t fund these:

→  Capital campaigns

→  Fundraising events

→  Lobbying

→  Scholarships

→  Religious or evangelical purposes

August 14, 2023:  Application period open

September 26, 2023:  Application period closed

October 16-26, 2023:  Virtual meetings with select applicants

November 30, 2023:   Funding awards announced

December 15, 2024:  Funded projects should be completed

⇒ Register and complete HLF’s online grant application that requests:

→ Information about your group or organization.

→ A description of your project, including:

•  How you will do the work.

•  Who will be impacted/served by your project.

•  What you seek to learn and accomplish.

•  A simple budget that explains the costs of your project.

Any relevant supplemental materials.

→ Applications must be submitted through our online portal, which will open on August 14, 2023, and close on September 26, 2023.

→ You may be asked to meet with HLF staff and board members to discuss your application.

Other things to know:

⇒ We are here to help!  Please email us at for assistance or to set up a meeting time to discuss your application. 

⇒  Be prepared to start the approved project/program in a timely manner to ensure completion within 12 months of the approval date.  Projects should be completed by December 15, 2024.

⇒  Be prepared to provide updates on the project to HLF staff and board members.

⇒  Act as a responsible steward of the funding as well as an ambassador to the community.

⇒  Provide feedback on application and funding the grant process.

⇒  Be prepared to share ideas with other funded groups and identify areas of synergy and shared impact.

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation does not fund organizations that in their constitution, by-laws or practices discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious beliefs.