Healthy Harbor Communities Initiative Grant Program

The purpose of this grant program, which was first launched in 2020, is to address and mitigate the impacts of Port of Los Angeles and Port-related activity on the health and well-being of San Pedro and Wilmington residents. We are committed to promoting health and creating a healthy environment for those affected by Port operations.

Round 2

The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation, in collaboration with the TraPac Appellants, is excited to announce the solicitation of  applications for Round 2 of the Healthy Harbor Communities Initiative Grant Program.

HCBF intends to distribute up to a total of $350,000 in grant awards. We anticipate awarding funds for three proposals, with $250,000 available for one large grant, and the remaining $100,000 available for two grants of $50,000 each.

This health-focused grant round is part of a larger strategy to bring resources into the community, support ongoing collaborations, and establish new partnerships that benefit the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. Applicants will likely be more competitive if their respective submitted proposal meets the listed eligibility criteria, aligns with program goals, and effectively leverages matched funding. The inclusion of a matched-funding provision will extend the limited impact that HCBF funding awards can provide and expand the potential pool of engaged and participating organizations in these community improvement efforts. HCBF hopes to work with partners to leverage grant funds with support from other entities to better serve the communities of Wilmington and San Pedro.

Staff are currently reviewing applications and funding notices will be released after approval by the HCBF Board of Directors and LA Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Round 1 HHCI Grantees

HCBF is committed to investing in the health of Wilmington and San Pedro residents and we are honored to work with these organizations. Below is an overview of the projects that will be immediately awarded through the Healthy Harbor Communities Initiative Grant Program.

American Cancer Society 
Grant Purpose:
 American Cancer Society will use these funds to establish medical and cancer related care in San Pedro and Wilmington to improve access by building on partnerships. These partnerships will ensure that those with abnormal screening results will receive timely follow-up and treatment.
Serving: Low income households and medically vulnerable individuals within San Pedro and Wilmington.
Amount Awarded: $21,637

Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation 
Grant Purpose:
 Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation will provide 150 air purifiers and hand sanitizer refills to low-income households for free. They will provide education on the proper use of the air filters. Flyers will be distributed highlighting additional healthcare services and resources. Buddhist Tzu Chi plans to partner with Providence Little Company of Mary Wellness and Activity Center, Harbor City Community Job Center, and A Needy Wilmington to ensure residents have access to a full spectrum of care.
Serving: Low income and medically vulnerable residents of Wilmington
Amount Awarded: $35,000

Memorial Medical Center Foundation/LBACA
Grant Purpose:  These funds will work to expand LBACA’s Asthma Intervention, Education and Outreach Program. Forty children with uncontrolled asthma and their families will be enrolled into the program. Community Health Workers will conduct 3-4 virtual home visits to educate the children and their families about proper asthma management to improve asthma-related health outcomes.
Serving: Vulnerable children with asthma and their families living in San Pedro or Wilmington.
Amount Awarded: $60,000

St. Mary Medical Center 
Grant Purpose:
 Through the Respiratory Rescue Program, the St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) Mobile Care Unit will address the risks associated with asthma and other cardiopulmonary issues among adults and seniors. Over a span of 18 months, the Mobile Care Unit team will provide respiratory health screenings, diagnostics, and pulmonary health education services, providing access to much needed medical care resources to adults and seniors in the medically underserved communities of Wilmington and San Pedro.
Serving: Seniors and other medically underserved communities of San Pedro and Wilmington with respiratory health issues.
Amount Awarded: $174,194

Materials for Grantees

HCBF Approved Language
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If you have any questions, please contact Tamanna Rahman, Program Director at Thank you!

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Tamanna Rahman, HCBF’s Program Director at