The James Irvine Foundation has announced eighteen grants totaling more than $12.9 million, including support for two initiatives focused on low-income workers in California.
As part of its Better Careers initiative, the foundation awarded four grants totaling more than $2.4 million, including a grant of $350,000 over two years to Bitwise Industries in support of its Geekwise Academy Web Developer Job Readiness Programs, which prepare unemployed and underemployed workers in the San Joaquin Valley for middle-wage jobs in the tech industry; and a grant of $750,000 over two years to Opportunity at Work in support of its efforts to build a California Opportunity Marketplace that connects employers with job-placement organizations serving traditionally overlooked candidates. In addition, the foundation awarded four grants totaling $2.75 million through its Fair Work initiative, including a grant of $2 million to the Tides Center in support of efforts to strengthen rights, protections, and opportunities for low-wage workers in the state, and a two-year, $500,000 grant to the Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project, which works to improve wage protections in the agricultural industry.
Other awards include a grant of $650,000 over three years to the Equality Alliance of San Diego County in support of its voter and civic engagement efforts among new citizens and other underrepresented voters in the San Diego region; $750,000 over two years to the California Calls Education Fund in support of its census and redistricting advocacy in partnership with the Million Voters Project; and $965,000 over thirty-four months to the California Arts Council to create a fellowship program for emerging arts managers from historically marginalized communities.
For a complete list of the foundation's December grants, see the Irvine Foundation website.