Irvine Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $7.35 Million

Irvine Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $7.35 Million

The James Irvine Foundation has announced grants totaling $7.35 million to increase economic and political opportunity for working families and young adults in California who are struggling with poverty.

The foundation awarded three grants in the area of career readiness and living-wage work, a grantmaking area it launched in 2016 to help low-income Californians secure and succeed in family-sustaining jobs. Recipients include the Chaffey College Foundation, which will receive $1 million over two years in support of work-based learning programs aimed at increasing job readiness in advanced manufacturing careers for residents of San Bernardino and Riverside counties; the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, which was awarded $700,000 over two years to develop a replicable training model that leads to new and expanded pathways for Opportunity Youth in creative technology careers; and Rubicon Programs, Inc., which will receive $1 million over two years to implement the Rubicon Empowerment model in Contra Costa County.

In addition, through its worker voice and influence area, the foundation awarded a grant of $3.75 million over three years to the National Domestic Workers Alliance in support of the alliance's efforts to strengthen organizations serving domestic workers in California, and a grant of $900,000 over three years to the Chinese Progressive Association to address the economic needs of low-wage immigrant workers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"Irvine Board of Directors Approves $7.35 Million in Grants on February 9, 2017." James Irvine Foundation Press Release 02/13/2017.