The James Irvine Foundation has announced ten grants totaling $8.5 million in support of efforts to increase economic and political opportunity for the working poor in California.
The funding includes three grants in the area of career readiness and living-wage work, a grantmaking focus the foundation adopted in 2016 as a way to help low-income Californians secure and succeed in family-sustaining jobs. The awards include a grant of $457,500 to the California Business Roundtable in support of its efforts to develop public policy options that address issues related to poverty, jobs, and economic mobility in the state; $1 million over two years to the Fresno Community Development Financial Institution to assist low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs; and $1 million over two years to the San Diego Workforce Partnership to expand its San Diego Workforce Partnership, a tech-based platform designed to match youth between the ages of 16 and 24 with jobs.
In addition, the foundation awarded four two-year grants through its postsecondary success for low-income students area. Recipients include the Advancement Project ($900,000), the Foundation for California Community Colleges ($600,000), uAspire ($600,000), and the Foundation for Students Rising Above ($500,000).
The foundation also awarded grants in the areas of immigrant integration, linked learning, and voter and civic engagement.