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2011 AHEAD Program Grant Recipients

Member Sponsor Project Description Grant Amount
Banamex USA

California Human Development

Santa Rosa, CA

Mobile Migrant Housing - Concept Development

Housing

The sponsor is developing a prototype design for a portable four-six bed housing unit to be used for housing seasonal migrant farmworkers. The design meets code requirements and features solar power, water purification, and waste containment systems.

The grant will be used to finalize design of a prototype housing unit, build a working demonstration model, establish locations for farm camps, and to help the sponsor secure other funding.

$25,000
Banamex USA

Canal Alliance

San Rafael, CA

Marin Opportunity Center Workforce Development

Economic Development

This program, established in 2009, connects low-income immigrant populations looking for work with area residents who need temporary workers for home-based projects such as housecleaning, home painting, or moving preparation. Employers are matched with workers through a website.

The grant will help to fund a new Opportunity Center Coordinator position and general operating and equipment expenses.

$25,000
Banamex USA

Community Development Finance dba Community Check Cashing

Oakland, CA

Community Development Finance- Model Replication/Technical Assistance

Economic Development

Community Development Finance created Community Check Cashing to address the gaps in financial services generally available in low-income communities. The organization will now provide technical assistance to two Bay Area organizations in an effort to replicate its nonprofit Community Check Cashing retail store model.

The grant will be used to cover staff consulting time and transportation expenses and to hire part-time assistance at the existing check cashing store.

$20,000
Banamex USA

Juma Ventures

San Francisco, CA

Pathways to Advancement - Youth Workforce Development for Educational Success

Job Training

The sponsor's Pathways Program provides hundreds of at-risk youth with the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education, job skills training, and employment. Juma's social enterprises in San Francisco serve as learning laboratories where low-income students can gain skills, confidence, and work experience.

The grant will be used to help Juma provide training, professional development, coaching, and case management support for an additional 20 youth.

$50,000
Banamex USA

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

San Diego, CA

Financial Opportunities Center Job Developer Capacity Building

Job Training

Local Initiatives Support Corporation is providing technical assistance and support for capacity building for their Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs), which offer financial education, job counseling, job training, and job placement programs.

The grant will pay for a consultant to help create a job development curriculum and strategic plans for the FOCs.

$20,000
Banamex USA

Los Angeles Community Financial Resource Center

Los Angeles, CA

Healthy Food Cart & Street Vendor Initiative

Entrepreneurial

The sponsor will organize the growing number of street vendors in the Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Angeles and provide them with technical assistance and microloans using a peer lending model.

The grant will fund initial research and needs analysis.

$20,000
Banamex USA

Rubicon Programs Inc.

Richmond, CA

Rubicon Financial Opportunity Center (FOC)

Financial Education

The sponsor will build capacity and expand the services provided by their Financial Opportunity Center, which offers financial education, job counseling, job training, and job placement programs.

The grant will pay for training staff to provide financial coaching and to increase staffing to serve more clients.

$25,000
Banamex USA

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)

Pauma Valley, CA

La Jolla Indian Campground Improvement

Economic Development

The proposed project is to create a campground site development plan, install site markers, and create a financial plan to guide the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians as they expand their campground operations. Goals for expansion include preserving and adding jobs, expanding economic development opportunities, and increasing profitability.

The grant will support implementation of the tribe's a campground improvement plan.

$50,000
Banamex USA

San Jose State University Research Foundation

San Jose, CA

Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) Academy Program

Entrepreneurial

The EBC's incubator program provides a comprehensive curriculum, including classes, workshops, and mentoring, for early-stage clean energy and environmental technology companies.

The grant will pay the program fees for companies with great potential that cannot afford to participate in the ECB's program.

$30,000
Banamex USA

SFMade, Inc.

San Francisco, CA

SFMade's Producing an Outstanding Workforce Initiative (POW!): "Hiring Made Better" Program

Job Training

SFMade, a first-of-its-kind incubator for the manufacturing industry, has served over 150 companies that together employ over 1,500 low- to moderate-income individuals in San Francisco. This new program will provide local manufacturers with tools, training and one-on-one technical assistance for creating hiring plans and crafting employee compensation plans that include long-term wealth building components.

The grant will leverage a grant from the City of San Francisco and fund personnel and training expenses.

$30,000
Bank of Agriculture and Commerce

Women's Center of San Joaquin County

Stockton, CA

Client Assistance/Financial Literacy Program at DAWN House and TREE House

Financial Education

The sponsor will provide financial literacy and career counseling to low-income homeless women who are victims of domestic violence.

The grant will be used to pay for an employee's salary and benefits, office supplies, and program materials, and to provide direct financial assistance to clients leaving the shelter.

$25,000
Bank of Nevada

Building Hope Nevada

Boulder City, NV

Bootleg Village

Economic Development

The primary goal of the project is to promote development of small and emerging private ecotourism businesses in a rural Southern Nevada community. When complete, the 15-acre Bootleg Village will feature an interpretive center, retail and food concessions, camp sites, and a botanical garden.

The grant will be used to offset operational and predevelopment costs.

$30,000
Canyon Community Bank

Epidaurus dba Amity Foundation

Tucson, AZ

Amity Culinary Academy

Economic Development

The sponsoring organization, formed by local teachers and community leaders to combat the use of narcotics by high school students in the Tucson area, plans to expand the kitchen on its main campus to create a professional teaching kitchen where low-income students will be trained for food industry jobs.

The grant will fund predevelopment expenses.

$25,000
Charles Schwab Bank

My Journey Home, Inc.

Reno, NV

ProCon Development

Housing

The sponsor seeks to interrupt the cycle of incarceration by collaborating with other entities to offer housing and services to high-risk populations, particularly ex-offenders, their families, and homeless veterans.

The grant will fund the predevelopment costs of establishing a new entity to acquire and rehabilitate abandoned or damaged mobile homes.

$25,000
Charles Schwab Bank

Nevada Microenterprise Initiative

Reno, NV

Nevada Microenterprise Capacity Building Program

Capacity Building

The Nevada Microenterprise Initiative provides microenterprise training, technical assistance, and microloans to low-and moderate-income entrepreneurs in Nevada.

The grant will be use to expand marketing and technological capacity and support professional development of the coaching staff.

$30,000
Charles Schwab Bank

Women's Initiative for Self Employment

San Francisco, CA

SuccessLink eLearning Pilot Program

Entrepreneurial

The sponsor's SuccessLink program offers over 50 seminars each year on specific business topics such as marketing, cash flow, and networking; some seminars are industry-specific. To complement the industry-specific seminars, the sponsor will develop eLearning modules that include streaming video of seminars and interactive wiki pages where trainers and clients can share and archive resources.

The funds will be used to hire a project manager, engage consultants, and purchase electronic supplies.

$50,000
City National Bank

California Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA)

Los Angeles, CA

Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities Collaborative

Capacity Building

CCEDA is providing technical assistance and support to at least eleven organizations that currently operate or are initiating healthy food enterprises such as famers' markets, urban gardening projects, small business incubators, and residential and small business food distribution.

The grant will pay costs of providing direct technical assistance and producing meetings for organizations that are part of the collaborative.

$25,000
City National Bank

LTSC Community Development Corporation (LTSC CDC)

Los Angeles, CA

Digital Institute for Youth Productions (DIY Productions)

Job Training

This social enterprise trains low-income, at-risk youth in digital media production and social media marketing. Those who successfully complete the educational program have the opportunity to apply their new digital media skills to producing promotional videos and social media campaigns for non-profits, foundations, small businesses, and other clients.

The grant will be used to support the salary of a full-time production coordinator and stipends for participants.

$50,000
Clearinghouse CDFI

Kids & Families Together

Ventura, CA

Kids & Families Together Village

Housing

The sponsor seeks to create a multi-generational affordable housing village that would provide a supportive environment for families, children being raised by relatives, and transition-age youth.

The grant will pay for a feasibility study and other predevelopment costs, such as design services and site evaluation.

$25,000
East West Bank

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

Glendale, CA

Employment Services Program Launch

Job Training

The sponsor will launch an employment services program to serve low-income individuals recovering from mental illness/substance abuse. The program, to be offered at a newly-acquired clinic, will offer a comprehensive array of services, including vocational training, one-on-one coaching, job placement, and individual follow-up at job sites.

The funds will be used to hire two part-time peer employment advocates and to pay equipment costs for the training center.

$20,000
First Republic Bank

California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO)

San Francisco, CA

CAMEO Self-Employment Workforce Demonstration

Entrepreneurial

The Self-Employment Workforce Demonstration Project is a statewide initiative that facilitates partnerships between CAMEO members and their local Workforce Investment Boards in an effort to help integrate self-employment and entrepreneurship into WIB grant making. This project will serve as a model for peer organizations in other states.

The grant will support the project manager's salary and travel expenses.

$30,000
Golden Valley Bank

Community Action Agency of Butte County

Oroville, CA

Butte County Self-Sufficiency Loan Fund

Economic Development

The sponsor's loan fund focuses on Butte County's underserved communities, providing financial education, credit counseling, and loans to low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

The grant will be used to fund program management and capitalize the loan pool.

$50,000
Mendo Lake Credit Union

United Native Housing Development Corporation

Ukiah, CA

United Native Housing Development Corporation Operational and Organizational Support

Housing

The sponsor will develop affordable single-family homes that offer members of over forty Northern California native tribes opportunities for homeownership.

The grant will support a full-time salary for an Executive Director currently working part-time.

$25,000
Meriwest Credit Union

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Santa Clara, CA

ABC- Asset Building Continuum

Financial Education

The sponsor's goals are to design and launch their Asset Building Continuum (ABC) of services for low-income families and to pilot the In-Line Process, which seamlessly links tax preparation clients with banking accounts, matched savings programs, and financial education services and workshops. The sponsor will also establish a financial services network of local banks and other financial services providers to support ABC's long-term sustainability.

The grant will be used to fund staff development, creation of program materials, costs of organizing the financial services network, and administrative and overhead expenses.

$20,000
Meriwest Credit Union

Sacred Heart Community Service

San Jose, CA

Asset Building for Independence

Economic Development

The sponsor offers low-income households comprehensive, integrated services designed to help clients maintain economic self-sufficiency. Services and programs include assistance with applying for public benefits, job search coaching and placement, and financial literacy education.

The grant will support case management staff and help leverage other sources of funds.

$25,000
National Bank of Arizona

International Rescue Committee, Inc.

Phoenix, AZ

Microenterprise Development Program

Entrepreneurial

The sponsor's Microenterprise Development program helps refugee entrepreneurs establish and grow small businesses by providing one-on-one technical assistance, training, and access to capital to strengthen their businesses.

The grant will serve as part of the revolving loan fund.

$50,000
One PacificCoast Bank

Bay Area Community Land Trust

Berkeley, CA

Bay Area Community Land Trust (BACLT)

Housing

BACLT seeks to expand development of affordable housing cooperatives for low- and moderate-income households, and to increase their own capacity to provide supportive training in the co-op housing model to others. Training topics include property management and maintenance, finance and budgeting, and developing an effective board of directors.

The grant will pay for personnel, training activities, consultants, and general operating expenses.

$25,000
One PacificCoast Bank

Fruitful Minds, Inc.

Piedmont, CA

Fruitful Minds' Nutrition Education

Social Services

The sponsor's mission is to educate low- to moderate-income elementary school students in making healthy diet and lifestyle decisions, while also improving overall community health and school attendance and reducing the prevalence of obesity and weight-related illnesses.

The grant will be used to produce lesson plans, print materials, buy healthy snacks and equipment, and pay administrative and transportation costs.

$50,000
One PacificCoast Bank

WAGES (Women's Action to Gain Economic Security)

Oakland, CA

Natural Home Cleaning-Concord

Entrepreneurial

The sponsor seeks to replicate their successful worker-owned co-op program, which creates living-wage jobs with benefits for low-income Latinas. WAGES will offer technical assistance and training in business management to the operators of green housecleaning services who, as co-owners in the co-op, will have access to a larger network for purchasing, marketing, benefits and administration.

The grant will support business development coaching, financial literacy education, and entrepreneurship training for co-op members, and salaries for the network management team.

$30,000
Silicon Valley Bank

Glow Foundation

San Francisco, CA

Glow Statewide Expansion: Financial Literacy and College Financial Planning Initiative

Financial Education

Glow works to empower students to understand banking services, wisely manage money and debt, and proactively seek the necessary funding for a college education. This initiative will expand usage of their low-cost, replicable financial education program, which is designed to increase rates of college success among under-resourced students throughout California.

The grant will fund costs of delivering programs to sponsor affiliates and their students and recruiting corporate partners.

$20,000
Sunwest Bank

OCCHC/Build Futures

Santa Ana, CA

Bikes Build Futures

Job Training

This used bicycle social enterprise employs homeless youth and provides them with the skills and support they need to become employable, self-sufficient members of the community. Participants are offered hands-on training along with coaching that promotes positive emotional and character development, teamwork, leadership, and accountability.

The grant will fund critical start-up costs and support first year operations.

$25,000
Union Bank

TransForm

Oakland, CA

GreenTRIP: Promoting Parking Alternatives for Affordable Housing Developers

Economic Development

GreenTRIP is rapidly emerging as an accepted design standard, helping to distinguish affordable housing developments that reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions. The designation encourages developers to convert planned parking spaces to other uses.

The grant will be used to offer affordable housing developers a deeply discounted process for certification and to support outreach activities.

$50,000