The California Community Foundation has announced forty-six grants totaling nearly $5.5 million in support of nonprofit organizations working to create a more equitable and prosperous Los Angeles County.
Ten grants totaling $2.2 million were awarded to expand quality health care and related services to underserved communities. Recipients include Behavioral Health Services, which provides services in the areas of medical outreach, substance abuse, mental health, and disease prevention, and St. John's Well Child & Family Center, a community health center that provides primary care and comprehensive support services to patients of all ages through a network of health centers and school-based clinics.
The awards also include nearly $1.8 million dedicated to bolstering civic engagement in the county across a range of sectors, including education, research, and organizational and leadership development. A portion of the grants will assist L.A. communities in preparing for the upcoming 2020 census. Considered one of the nation's hardest-to-count counties, Los Angeles harbors high percentages of traditionally underserved populations, including low-income and homeless individuals, as well as those living in multi-family housing; the LGBTQ community; and communities of color. Grantees include Families In Schools, which works to boost student achievement in low-income and underserved communities by fostering parent engagement; the Liberty Hill Foundation, which provides support for social justice campaigns and to connect community leaders; and the Public Policy Institute of California, which works to inform and improve public policy in the state through independent, nonpartisan research.
"Los Angeles County stands at the intersection of diversity and opportunity," said California Community Foundation president Antonia Hernández. "We all benefit when our neighbors can contribute to and take part in our shared prosperity."
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