Ecosystem, Community Giving

Application open: Grants up to $15K for youth-serving nonprofits in West Contra Costa

Community Giving Initiative grants support local organizations that encourage youth leadership, creativity, and cultural expression

RICHMOND, CA — The Chamberlin Education Foundation announced today that the application period for its annual Community Giving Initiative is open to all eligible organizations through November 3. 

Now in its fifth year, the Community Giving Initiative (CGI) provides grants up to $15,000 to eligible nonprofit organizations that provide direct service to West Contra Costa youth.

“We are excited to continue providing CGI grants to nonprofit organizations that provide high-quality programs that create safe spaces and creative outlets for our young people,” said Kim Miyoshi, the foundation’s Program Officer, Restorative Student Interventions, who manages the CGI grant program. 

“These organizations broaden young people’s experience in ways that complement their learning, build their confidence, and enhance individual expression and community connectedness,” Miyoshi said. 

Since 2018, CGI grants totaling over $800,000 have supported dozens of organizations that serve West Contra Costa youth, particularly those that prioritize the needs of Black, Latinx, and other underserved populations which comprise the majority of CGI grantees.*

Application open: Grants up to $15K for youth-serving nonprofits in West Contra Costa 1
Above: Youth dance during a Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy performance. Top: Student dance class in session at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. Photos courtesy of 2021 CGI grantees Los Cenzontles and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. Published with permission.

While the Chamberlin Education Foundation (CEF) primarily focuses its support on strengthening academic success and education equity within the area’s K-12 public schools, it delivers CGI grants annually in recognition that youth depend on creative, enriching, and culturally-affirming learning opportunities beyond the school day.

“CGI allows us to extend our support to a brand range of local, youth-serving organizations that are so critical to young people’s well-being and long-term success,” said Dr. Stefanie Phillips, Chief Executive Officer at CEF. 

Past CGI grantees have included Building Blocks for Kids, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, The RYSE Center, Rich City RIDES, Early Childhood Mental Health Program, and others that make a significant difference in the lives of local youth participants. A complete list of 2021 CGI grantees is available here

The CEF team uses a public evaluation rubric to review eligible applicants, and will announce CGI grantees on Giving Tuesday (November 29, 2022).

Organizations that serve West Contra Costa youth ages 0-21 can apply for CGI grants by the November 3, 2022 deadline.

*Community Giving Initiative grants from 2017-2020 were provided by the Chamberlin Family Foundation. 

About the Chamberlin Education Foundation

The Chamberlin Education Foundation supports initiatives that advance education equity and academic excellence in West Contra Costa public schools. CEF’s grants and programs support effective education leadership, high-quality curriculum and instruction, restorative student interventions, and help create and sustain a student-centered public education ecosystem.

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