California Community Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $5.4 Million

The California Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $5.4 million to nonprofit organizations working to advance greater equity and opportunity in Los Angeles County.

The first-quarter grants include $187,660 to El Monte Community Building Initiative, which aims to ensure that children and youth in El Monte are healthy and better prepared for school, college, and a career; two grants totaling $305,000 through the More and Better Learning Time initiative, a partnership with the Ford Foundation that seeks to provide public schools serving poor neighborhoods in the county with more afterschool, out-of-school, and anytime/anywhere learning opportunities; two grants totaling $180,000 through the Immigrant Integration Initiative, which works to boost civic participation among immigrants; and seven grants totaling $890,000 through the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, which offers scholarships and college preparation and completion services with the goal of increasing the number of low-income students who graduate with a postsecondary degree.

The foundation also awarded ten grants totaling more than $1 million to provide administrative relief to organizations working to support undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles County. Grantees include Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the Central American Resource Center, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, the Korean Resource Center, the National Immigration Law Center, and the South Asian Network.

"With more immigrants eligible for administrative relief in Los Angeles County than any other place in America, our region must become a model for the nation in advancing inclusion and harnessing the economic power of our immigrant community," said CCF president and CEO Antonia Hernández. "While not comprehensive reform, this is a unique opportunity to impact the lives of so many. We’re proud to collaborate with our donors and grantee partners who are working toward a better future for all Angelenos."