California Community Foundation Awards over $400,000 to Support LA Arts Orgs

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 9:07am

California Community Foundation logoThe California Community Foundation (CCF) announced grants of $402,000 to greater Los Angeles nonprofit arts organizations today as part of a $5.1 million investment in the community.

The six arts grants will support small and mid-size community-based organizations as they work to increase arts participation in underserved communities.  The grantees are Contra Tiempo (Los Angeles), DA Gallery (Pomona), Friends of the Leavitt Pavilion (Pasadena), Grand Vision Foundation (San Pedro), Highways Inc. (Santa Monica), and PEN Center USA West (Beverly Hills).  Thirty-two other organizations, in disciplines including civic engagement, education, health care, housing and neighborhoods, human development, and management support, received awards in this round of giving.  

CCF President and CEO Antonia Hernández called for greater private investment in Los Angeles from peer funders, business, and individuals.  “We strongly encourage more foundations, corporations, and households to invest in Los Angeles of today and tomorrow by helping stabilize and sustain community-based organizations.” 

CCF’s grants generally cover two years of operations.  Funded proposals must demonstrate impact, include experienced and effective leadership and management, be supported by a committed and engaged board, supplement a strong financial position, and represent alignment with the strategies of the community foundation.

In addition to grants, CCF offers technical and management support to nonprofits, convenes nonprofit leaders on issues of importance, has a loan management program for qualified nonprofits, and engages in advocacy work with nonprofits focused on the needs of the most vulnerable members of the Los Angeles community.

For more information on these awards, visit CCF’s website at  http://www.calfund.org/document.doc?id=633.