BLOOM seeks to create a more positive and productive future for a specific population of the L.A. community: 14-18 year old Black males living in South L.A. who are or have been under the supervision of the L.A. County Probation Department. The initiative was developed by CCF and an advisory committee of community members and residents based on research and experience over the course of more than two years.

How Does BLOOM Work?

With grants and other assistance through CCF, and support and involvement by other foundations, businesses, schools, colleges, groups and concerned individuals, BLOOM invests in community-based organizations that provide programs and services that fall within two key areas related to Educational and Job Opportunity:

  • Academic and/or Vocational Advancement
  • Creation of a Jobs Pipeline

All BLOOM community partner organizations offer youth:

  • Academic support to complete high school and encourage post-secondary education
  • Assistance with identifying a career path and cultivation of skills toward that end
  • An environment that promotes accountability and personal responsibility
  • Culturally appropriate services
  • Exposure to new opportunities and life experiences that stimulate educational and career aspirations

Our community partner organizations are poised to help 1,200 youth complete high school and 1,000 youth earn meaningful employment by June 2017. For a list of our community partners, please click here.

How Will Success Be Measured?

  • 1,200 youth will earn a high school diploma, GED and/or vocational certificate
  • 1,000 youth 18 years and older will have meaningful employment earning taxable income

To learn more about the impact BLOOM has made, read our Year Two Evaluation Report. To find media and other resources about BLOOM, click here.

The Need

BLOOM is important and urgent for everyone in Los Angeles County. Black youth make up a disproportionate percentage of youth on probation and in prison. While they represent 10 percent of the youth population of Los Angeles County, they comprise more than 30 percent of all youth under probation supervision. Black male youth are less likely to graduate from high school and attend college and more likely to be unemployed or incarcerated than any other segment of the population.

  • Black youth have a juvenile felony arrest rate 16 times greater than that of White youth.
  • It is projected that one in four Black males will be involved with the criminal justice system in their lifetime.
  • In Los Angeles Unified School District, the graduation rate for Black males is a startling 41 percent, 23 percentage points below their white counterparts.

Only one in 10 Black males will graduate from a four-year college

Potential Impact

BLOOM can serve as a catalyst for a movement resulting in an overall reduction in the number of Black male youth under county probation supervision during the next five years.

  • If the number of Black male youth under county probation supervision can be reduced by 10 percent (or approximately 480 youth), L.A. County taxpayers would save almost $50 million while producing more skilled, employable young men that will become part of a new segment of taxpayers generating more local, state and federal revenues.
  • BLOOM’s cost per youth ranges between $2,500 - $5,000 as compared to $100,000 to house one youth in an L.A. probation camp for one year.
  • There is the potential for $40 billion in savings if one year’s worth of California’s high school dropouts could be converted to graduates.
  • For each cohort of 120,000 young adults each year that become part of the population that will never complete high school, they will cost California $46.4 billion in total economic losses over their lifetimes.

Individuals, businesses, foundations, and the general public can support BLOOM as funding partners or by contributing dollars, job opportunities, scholarships, time and support.

Thank You to our current supporters:

Our Investment Partners

AAA of Southern California

Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation

Union Bank Foundation

United Parcel Service (UPS)

Weingart Foundation


Annenberg Foundation

Carol and James Collins Foundation

The Cornerstone Project


Our Individual Donors ($5,000 and above)

Casey Family Foundation

Michael Weithorn

Peter Taylor

Frank and Carol Biondi

Patti Newirth

Joanne Berlin

The Hancock Fund

The California Community Foundation is pleased to consider applications from organizations whose work is consistent with our program goals and outcomes.
  • Nonprofit agencies with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation
  • Located within and primarily serving residents of Los Angeles County, except for regional, statewide or national public policy efforts that may benefit a substantial portion of the local population
  • Operated and organized so that they do not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability

In addition to meeting CCF’s general eligibility requirements we are pleased to share additional information about what makes an organization’s request more likely to be competitive for consideration in the foundation's grantmaking.


  • A community-based agency that provides a range of services to help youth progress toward academic achievement or a career pathway (e.g., academic assistance, mentoring, life skills training, job training and placement, etc.)
  • A community-based organization that engages its clients and other stakeholders to effectively implement best practices that result in youth making positive behavioral and academic changes.
  • An organization or agency that provides referrals to other agencies, and does not provide direct services and resources to youth.
  • A research and technical assistance organization that conducts research on service practices and the impact of various policies.

Q: How does CCF define community-based organizations?

A: CCF defines a community-based organization as one that serves a well-defined neighborhood, local population, or constituency and where the majority of decision-makers in the organization (board and staff) are people from the community it serves. The organization must be deeply rooted in the community and be able to demonstrate the need and how its services are addressing these needs.

Q: Does our organization have to exclusively focus of youth identified as BLOOM eligible to be considered for funding?

A: Yes, all funding awarded to BLOOM grantees must be used to serve African American males, ages 14-18, who are or have been involved with the L.A. County probation system. These students must live in or attend school within L.A. County Service Planning Area 6.

<pQ: How much should we apply for? Will we be eliminated from consideration if our request is too high?

A: BLOOM grants range anywhere in size from $25,000 to $75,000 each year. An applicant should submit a request for any amount it deems appropriate based on the needs of the agency. CCF reserves the right to alter the grant award based on available resources. Applicants are not eliminated from funding due solely to the amount of the request.

Q: Can we contact the program officer to speak with him in determining whether we should apply? Can we arrange a site visit prior to submitting an LOI?

A: Organizations are free to contact the program officer to inquire about BLOOM priorities. However, the program officer does not typically offer feedback on whether an organization should apply for funding. Organizations should use their own discretion in making a determination to pursue funding. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review program area priorities and eligibility criteria prior to submitting an LOI. Due to time constraints, the program officer typically does not conduct site visits prior to submission of a grant request.

Q: Why do we need to submit a strategic plan?

A: CCF invests in organizations that have stronger chances to make long-term impact and sustain themselves in future years. A thorough, well-conceived strategic plan provides evidence of the Applicants agency’s long-term vision, prospects for sustainability and long-term impact. Therefore, the strategic plan is critical to CCF’s due diligence process in considering a long-term investment.


Apply for BLOOM Grants

Thank you for your interest in BLOOM. Please click the link below to begin or resume your BLOOM LOI.

Apply Now


LOI Deadline – February 11, 2015

Applicants Invited – February 2015

Applications Due – March 2015

Site Visits – March 2015

Board Review – May 2015

Board Meeting – June 2015

Applicants Notified – June 2015


To see a list of current BLOOM grant partners, please click here.


If you have any questions, please contact LaWayne Williams, BLOOM Program Manager, at LDWilliams@calfund.org.

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