Voting for the LA2050 Grant competition officially closed on Wednesday April, 17th, and our Imagination Foundation won the overall popular vote for our Caine’s Arcade Cardboard Challenge, placing 1st out of 279 Los Angeles groups vying for ten $100,000 grants! We also placed #1 in the Education category. A huge thank you to all our amazing supporters who helped get out the vote and shared so many awesome comments!

The final announcement for the LA2050 grant recipients will be announced by May 8th. Popular vote is only one of the factors in determining the grant, so fingers and toes crossed! We’re incredibly grateful and inspired by the tremendous support, Thank You!

Read more about the LA2050 competition via the LA TimesGroups Vie For a Shot at $100,000 Grants to Improve L.A.

“The Hammer Museum was ranked first in the cultural vitality division; the Imagination Foundation was ahead in the education contest; the vegetable garden-advocating EnrichLA group was on top in the environmental category; sustainability advocates from Valhalla Los Angeles led the health race; anti-gang Homeboy Industries was ahead in the public safety category; and bicycle-boosting CicLAvia was No. 1 in the social connectedness division.

There did seem to be a close race in the income and employment category. Neighborhood activists from the East Los Angeles Community Corp. and a group called Leadership for Urban Renewal Now appeared to be in a tie.”

The Caine’s Arcade Cardboard Challenge will coincide with our worldwide initiative, the Global Cardboard Challenge, working to engage 1 Million Kids in 70 Countries in Creative Play. Sign Up to Get Involved and help bring this creative challenge to kids in your community!

If you are an educator in Los Angeles, and would like to kick off the school year by having your students participate in our LA Cardboard Challenge, please get in touch: