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. 

HCBF is committed to investing in the health of San Pedro and Wilmington residents and creating a healthy environment for those affected by Port operations. 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.

Below is an overview of the projects that have awarded through the Healthy Harbor Communities Initiative Grant Program. We are honored to work with these organizations.

Materials for Current Grantees:

Round 2 HHCI Grantees

The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation is excited to work with the organizations below for Round 2 of the Healthy Harbor Communities Initiative Grant Program.

Los Angeles Walks 
Grant Purpose:
 Los Angeles Walks will use these funds to build on current project funded through HCBF’s Community Benefit Round 7, the “Harbor Community Streets Have Data” project will conduct a series of trainings to prepare Wilmington and San Pedro community members to gather street-by-street data on walkability, access to public transit, and the impact of port-related truck traffic through professional walk audits.
Serving: Residents of San Pedro and Wilmington community
Amount Awarded: $50,000

South Bay Center for Counseling 
Grant Purpose:  South Bay Center for Counseling will use these funds to increase access to green spaces for the residents of Wilmington by further developing urban farm and additional tree planting in the community. Community engagement through Neighborhood Action Networks which includes 150 families from Wilmington.
Serving: Low income households and individuals within San Pedro and Wilmington.
Amount Awarded: $50,000

Wilmington Community Clinic
Grant Purpose:
 Wilmington Community Clinic will use these fundings for part-time asthma specialist physician, medical assistant, and case manager to screen, diagnose, counsel, educate, monitor and treat low-income residents of primarily Wilmington and San Pedro who suffer from asthma and respiratory illness due to poor air quality near the Port of Los Angeles. Wilmington Community Clinic will also partner with LBACA to provide training to WCC medical assistants on how to respond to asthma patients’ concerns and how to best care for them. Training is offered twice a year at no cost to WCC.
Serving: Low income households and medically vulnerable individuals within San Pedro and Wilmington.
Amount Awarded: $50,000

Health and Wellness Center at Wilmington Middle School
Grant Purpose:
 Wilmington Community Clinic in partnership with Wilmington Community of Schools will use these funds to establish a health care clinic/wellness center to address health impacts through asthma screenings and providing equitable health and wellness resources to assist with mitigating the impacts of the ports for both San Pedro and Wilmington residents
Serving: Low income households and medically vulnerable students and families within San Pedro and Wilmington.
Amount Awarded: $250,000

Round 1 HHCI Grantees

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

Questions & Contact Information

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