The James Irvine Foundation has announced fourteen grants totaling more than $22.6 million in support of three initiatives focused on working Californians.
Through its Better Careers initiative, the foundation awarded grants to organizations serving individuals seeking middle-skill jobs. Grantees include the Chaffey College Foundation, which was awarded $1.3 million over two years in support of a program aimed at producing assistance from pre-apprenticeship to job placement for advanced manufacturing; LeadersUp, which will receive $2 million over three years in support of its efforts to advance economic mobility and improve career outcomes for BIPOC workers; Rubicon Programs, which was awarded $1.5 million over three years to ensure that East Bay communities have access to workforce development and supportive services; and the Small Business Majority Foundation, which will receive $750,000 to help small business employers in California recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through its Fair Work initiative, the foundation awarded $2.3 million over two years to the Partnership for Working Families to expand workforce engagement among low-income workers and strengthen collaboration among member organizations working to improve workplace standards and access to quality jobs. And through its Priority Communities initiative, the foundation awarded $835,000 to Inland Empire Community Foundation to boost participation by community-based organizations in the Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity (IEGO) initiative.
In addition, the foundation awarded $5 million over two years in support of a partnership with the College Futures Foundation to improve the completion rate for bachelor's degrees in the state, with a focus on Black and Latinx students.