Immigrants are intrinsic to Los Angeles County’s social fabric and economic engine – accounting for one in three residents and nearly half of the work force. In the absence of comprehensive federal immigration reform, there is a great need for civil discourse, collaboration and community engagement on immigrants, their positive contributions, and the necessary policy solutions to support immigrant integration. CCF offers two-year project support grants of up to $150,000 to increase the civic participation of immigrant communities and create policy solutions.
To achieve these goals, we focus on the following strategies:
- Increase the problem-solving capacity of communities through leadership development and capacity building of residents and organizations to involve grassroots community members in policy advocacy and leadership.
- Increase the civic participation and involvement of immigrants to pursue public policy solutions that address local and regional issues and lead to positive changes in systems affecting the quality of life of immigrant communities.
- Strengthen alliances and partnerships to work together to prioritize and address the needs of immigrants.
CCF also supports the the Council on Immigrant Integration, a 35-member panel of Los Angeles leaders that includes representatives from business, labor, education, law enforcement, government agencies and community-based organizations. For over a decade, the primary responsibility of the council has been to function as a working group that addresses public policy and strategy development to facilitate the integration of immigrants into the Los Angeles region and the local communities.
Senior Program Officer, Immigration & Early Childhood Education
213-413-4130 Ext. 259
rarroyo [@] calfund [.] org