The California Community Foundation has announced a hundred and twelve grants totaling nearly $9.4 million to nonprofit organizations working to advance greater equity and opportunity in Los Angeles County.
Twenty-five grants totaling $1.82 million were awarded as part of the final year of funding from CCF's five-year Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow initiative, which uses sports, music, and recreational activities to improve academic achievement, decision-making skills, and self-esteem among youth in South Los Angeles and the South Bay. In addition, the El Monte Promise Foundation received a final grant of $500,000 in support of the ten-year, $10 million El Monte Community Building Initiative, which has worked to engage and empower residents of the City of El Monte to improve quality of life in their community.
CCF also awarded grants in the areas of the arts ($705,000), civic engagement ($610,000), the education pipeline ($400,000), health ($1 million), housing and economic opportunity ($720,631), and immigrant integration ($915,000). Other grant recipients included the Brotherhood Crusade and the Social Justice Learning Institute, which received $625,000 through the foundation's Building a Lifetime of Options & Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) initiative, and the Nonprofit Finance Fund, which was awarded $605,000 in support of its Nonprofit Sustainability initiative.
"Our mission to lead positive systemic change in Los Angeles can only be fulfilled through partnership with visionary donors and dedicated nonprofit organizations," said CCF president and CEO Antonia Hernández. "I am proud of the work being done in Los Angeles County to address disparity and improve the quality of life for all residents."