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California Community Foundation Awards $11,158,036 To Create Greater Equity, Opportunity And Prosperity In Los Angeles County

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Grants support arts, education, health care, housing and economic development, immigrant integration, scholarships, smart growth, transition aged youth and increased opportunity for young Black men.

LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Community Foundation (CCF) awarded $11,158,036 in new grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles County. CCF supports programs and initiatives that address the strategic and wide-ranging needs of Los Angeles' most underserved and vulnerable residents through discretionary funds entrusted to the foundation by generations of donors. This new round of grants is the second of four grant dockets for the 2014 calendar year.

A total of 116 grants were announced, including 85 new and 31 renewal grants across a wide spectrum of areas with the following goals:

  • Health care: Improve access to quality, coordinated and sustainable health care.
  • Arts: Help provide local, relevant and affordable arts services county-wide.
  • Education: Increase school readiness and provide teachers with quality professional development programs.
  • Transition aged youth: Serve youth who have aged out of either the child welfare or delinquency systems in L.A. County.
  • Housing and economic development: Assist grassroots organizing groups, advocacy organizations and nonprofit developers to respond to opportunities and challenges facing Los Angeles' families and individuals in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, and support job expansion and preservation, micro-lending efforts and financial literacy training.

Grants were also awarded in support of key CCF initiatives including:

  • Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) seeks to reduce the incarceration rate of Black male youth through programs focused on school completion and employment.
  • Capacity Building supports nonprofits to optimize their capacity and infrastructure.
  • El Monte Community Building Initiative aims to ensure that children and youth in El Monte grow up healthier and better prepared for school, college and a career.
  • Home for Good, a collaborative project with United Way, supports an effort to end chronic and veteran homelessness.
  • Immigrant Integration Initiative focuses on increasing the civic participation of immigrants as a way to enhance the region's policies toward immigrants and foster a vibrant and engaged community.
  • Los Angeles Preschool Advocacy Initiative brings together parents, providers, advocates, policymakers and other stakeholders to raise public awareness and support for quality early care and preschool education.
  • Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund provides scholarships and effective college preparation and completion services to increase the number of low-income students who graduate with post-secondary degrees.
  • Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow focuses on improving the academic achievement, decision-making skills and self-esteem of low-income South Los Angeles/South Bay youth through music, sports and recreation.
  • Smart Growth uses a comprehensive, multi-sector approach to guide the investment of public and private resources in order to create an equitable, environmentally sustainable Los Angeles.

"We are inspired by the commitment of our grantee partners, our donors and the funders across the country who recognize the wide spectrum of need in Los Angeles County and have partnered with us to make a positive difference in the lives of its most vulnerable residents," said California Community Foundation President and CEO Antonia Hernández. 

CCF also issued $2,750,000 in loans to two nonprofits and a small business lender with the goal of creating healthier, more sustainable organizations and expanding the resources available to organizations serving the needs of L.A. County. Visit CCF's website to view the complete list of grants.

As part of its mission to serve Los Angeles County, CCF also convenes nonprofit leaders on issues of importance and engages in advocacy work with nonprofits primarily focused on the most vulnerable members of the Los Angeles community.

California Community Foundation (CCF) unites the power of philanthropy with innovative strategies to create greater equity, opportunity and prosperity in Los Angeles County. We have served as a public, charitable organization since 1915, empowering donors to pursue their own personal passions and to collaborate with us in transforming Los Angeles.  CCF stewards nearly $1.4 billion in total assets and manages more than 1,700 charitable foundations, funds and legacies. For more information, visit calfund.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/calfund.

CCF GRANTS BY FUNDING AREA


June 2014


PROGRAM AREAS

NUMBER OF GRANTS

AMOUNT

Arts

In support of small and mid-size community-based organizations to increase arts participation in underserved communities

 

5

$350,000

Education

To increase school readiness opportunities and provide teachers with quality professional development programs

 

8

$730,000

Health Care

To assist economically disadvantaged communities to improve access, navigate and utilize high-quality, affordable, coordinated and sustainable health care

 

12

$2,998,680

Housing & Economic Development

To support organizations providing small loans to borrowers who need financial counseling and support

 

1

$58,200

Transition Aged Youth

To serve youth aged out of either the child welfare or delinquency systems in L.A. County via support to meet their basic needs

 

4

$275,000

INITIATIVES

NUMBER OF GRANTS

AMOUNT

Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM)

To support 1,070 young men toward school completion, job training and/or employment

 

4

$475,000

Capacity Building

To support organizations to optimize their capacity and infrastructure

 

1

$75,000

El Monte Community Building Initiative

To ensure that children and youth in El Monte grow up healthier and better prepared for school, college and a career

 

3

$430,000

Home for Good

To produce new or preserve existing permanent supportive housing, including units for chronically homeless individuals

 

3

$315,000

Immigrant Integration Initiative

To increase the civic participation of immigrants as a way to enhance the region's policies toward immigrants and foster a vibrant and engaged

community

6

$730,000

Los Angeles Preschool Advocacy Initiative

To bring together parents, providers, advocates, policymakers and other stakeholders in order to raise public awareness and support for quality early care and preschool education

 

2

$190,000

Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow

To improve the academic achievement, decision-making skills and self-esteem of low-income South Los Angeles/South Bay youth through music, sports and recreation   

 

43

$2,676,924

Scholarships / Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund

To provide students with scholarships and wraparound services so they can complete degrees and certificate programs

 

8

$559,188

Smart Growth

To educate grassroots leaders, community members and elected officials on issues concerning the preservation of and increase in the supply of safe, affordable housing, parks, bike and pedestrian connections, jobs and community services around transit in Los Angeles

 

14

$1,045,000

OTHER FIELD OF INTEREST

NUMBER OF GRANTS

AMOUNT

To support nonprofit organizations addressing spousal and family abuse in the Los Angeles County area

 

2

$250,044

 Grand Total

116

$11,158,036

 

Contact: Valarie De La Garza
Phone: (213) 413-4130 ext. 229
E-mail: vdelagarza@calfund.org

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