Social Innovation and CCF – Philanthropy at the ForeLA n Sync has thrown its full support behind the California Community Foundation’s application for a Social Innovation Fund grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. No agency headquartered in Los Angeles has ever won this federal grant, and we are determined to change that for the region. The Social Innovation Fund seeks grantmakers to act as hubs for social change. The strategy: “find what works and make it work for more people.” Successful applicants not only show innovation, but a track record of success as well as potential for scale through cross-sector partnerships. CCF’s application, which is due April 22, centers on its BLOOM Initiative to “create a more positive and productive future for 14-18 year old African-American males living in South L.A. who are or have been under the supervision of the L.A. County Probation Department.” The specific goal: to help 1,200 youths complete high school and 1,000 youths earn meaningful employment by June 2017. Already nine grassroots organizations provide effective services, but there is a plan to open up the initiative to more service providers – with even more good ideas - should the grant money be won. The minimum award for this grant is significant – $1 million annually over five years. (CCF’s application will fall in the $1-3 million range.) But if the prize is great, so is the fundraising challenge – a one-to-one cash match, with 50 percent to be raised by the application date. It might seem daunting, but it’s an amazing opportunity to leverage good. LA n Sync takes on grant applications we believe are achievable as well as aspirational. And we know LA can do this. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Sylia Obagi at 310/209-4560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern California Unites for Manufacturing Partnership
“Working across county lines, across city lines, across our silos, we're beginning to understand who we are again. Because the challenges we face don't stop at city and county borders; they don't ignore one level of government and just bother another. We really have a common fate and, in a very exciting way, we have a common destiny -- if we get this right." -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the April 3 LA n Sync convening
There’s nothing like the prospect of creating jobs to inspire consensus. Earlier this month, it also inspired a remarkable LA n Sync convening with leaders from the City and County of Los Angeles, USC, Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA as well as industry leaders like JPL. In addition, representatives from eight Congressional offices participated. All of them came to support the new Advanced Manufacturing Partnership of Southern California – a four-county initiative (Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Ventura) which is applying for the Obama Administration’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program. "With LA n Sync, we have the opportunity to find common ground and unify around a single goal: bringing resources back to this area to support business growth and jobs," said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Knabe. AMP-SoCal seeks to create new, well-paying jobs in the defense and aerospace industry by establishing a new collaborative model for regional manufacturing. LA n Sync is supporting the application with funding for grantwriting and development. But in order to win one of the 12 designations to be granted nationally, extensive local investment is required. Every federal dollar of investment must be matched 2:1 over the next 5-10 years (cash & in-kind accepted). To learn more, please contact: Dion Jackson, Project Manager, Center for Economic Development, USC at email@example.com.