• Overview

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

    With grants and other assistance from CCF, and support and involvement from other foundations, businesses, schools, colleges, groups and concerned individuals, BLOOM invests in community-based organizations that provide programs and services within two key areas: academic and/or vocational advancement and creation of a jobs pipeline.

    Read BLOOM’s Year-four Evaluation Report.

    Jai Phillips
    Program Manager, BLOOM
    213.413.4130 Ext. 221
    jphillips [@] calfund [.] org

    To learn about CCF’s open funding opportunities, please visit our open grants portal.

  • Eligibility

    General eligibility requirements.

    More likely to be competitive:

    • 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.

    Less likely to be competitive:

    • 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.
  • FAQs

    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.

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

    A: BLOOM grants range 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.

  • To Apply

    Thank you for your interest. There are no BLOOM grants open at this time.

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