Awards & Designations

Awarded to date: over $284 million in grants and four federal designations resulting in more than $352 million for the region.


Administrative Community Based Organization
Source: California Census Office

  • California Community Foundation : $8.4 million

Youngest Victims of the Opioid Crisis
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime

  • Antelope Valley Partners for Health: $750,000

Partners for Places
Source: Funders’ Network

  • County of Los Angeles Chief Sustainability Office: $87,500

Cycle 2 CA Zev Investment Plan
Source: VW Electrify America

  • Los Angeles County: $35 million

Transformative Climate Communities
Source: Strategic Growth Council

  • Pacoima Beautiful: $23 million

Networks for School Improvement
Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • LA Promise Fund: $589,000

Cycle 1 CA ZEV Investment Plan

Source: VW Electrify America

  • Los Angeles MSA: $25 million

Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Source: US Department of Energy

  • Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC): $70 million

Affordable Housing / Sustainable Communities

Source: California Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund – Strategic Growth Council

  • Deep Green Housing & Community Development: $16.8 million
  • East L.A. Community Corporation: $11.1 million
  • Skid Row Housing Trust: $5.3 million

Active Transportation Program
Source: California Department of Transportation

  • City of San Fernando: $973,000

Promise Zones
Source: US Department of Housing and Urban Development—Preference Points

  • City of Los Angeles and SLATE-Z: South Los Angeles

Active Transportation Program
Source: California Department of Transportation

  • City of Culver City: $2.6 million
  • City of Whittier: $4.5 million

Source: US Department of Education

  • California State University, Northridge: $3 million

California Career Pathways Trust
Source: California Department of Education

  • Los Angeles Community College District: $15 million

Performance Partnership Pilot
Source: US Department of Education—Preference Points

  • City of Los Angeles Economic Workforce Development Department
  • Performance Partnership Pilot designation: $700,000

Active Transportation Program
Source: California Department of Transportation

  • L.A. River Revitalization Corps: $3.6 million
  • City of Inglewood: $486,000

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant
Source: US Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Youth Policy Institute: $500,000

Workforce Innovation Fund
Source: US Department of Labor

  • L.A. Workforce Investment Board: $6 million

Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership
Source: US Department of Commerce—Preference Points

  • IMCP designation: $12.5 million awarded to date

Promise Zones
Source: US Department of Housing and Urban Development—Preference Points

  • City of Los Angeles and Youth Policy Institute: Hollywood/Pico Union/Koreatown
  • Promise Zones designation: over $100 million awarded to date

Promise Neighborhoods
Source: US Department of Education

  • Youth Policy Institute: $30 million

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant
Source: US Department of Justice

  • Youth Policy Institute: $1 million

Resilient Cities
Source: Rockefeller Foundation

  • County of Los Angeles: $1 million

Resilient Cities
Source: Rockefeller Foundation

  • County of Los Angeles: $1 million

TAACCCT Consortium
Source: US Department of Labor

  • Los Angeles Community College District: $19 million

Newsworthy Highlights

$70 Million Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Institute Grant Awarded to Los Angeles!
June 20, 2016 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $70M grant for a Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Institute to be headquartered in Los Angeles has been awarded to the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC). LA n Sync is proud to have been part of the core team for this application, led by SMLC and UCLA.


The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) will be an industry-led nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California with networked regional centers in California, Washington, New York, North Carolina and Texas. The Institute will work across business, workforce and technical focus areas, leveraging each region’s unique industrial environments.  It will be the ninth institute awarded under the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes initiative. The winning coalition brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and nonprofits—hailing from more than thirty states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.

LA n Sync, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation, was pleased to have provided technical assistance in the form of strategic planning, partnership development, and the procurement of many notable letters of support, in addition to co-hosting a convening with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce in order to educate our local civic leaders and key manufacturers of the possibility and potential about this incredible opportunity. Annenberg Foundation Chairman, President & CEO and LA n Sync Founder Wallis Annenberg has shown her deepest commitment to ensuring that the Los Angeles region’s talent and innovation are recognized by creating a platform for nonprofit, philanthropy, government, business and academia to collaborate and succeed.

“LA n Sync was created with a single, simple, fundamental goal: to bring LA’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors together as we chase after every possible funding dollar,” said Wallis Annenberg upon hearing the news, “That’s why President Obama’s announcement today is so gratifying for us, and for Los Angeles as a whole.  The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition will revolutionize manufacturing in this country.  To see that kind of unity and synergy rewarded with a $70 million grant shows that when we work together, there’s truly nothing we can’t achieve.  It’s a great day for LA, and a great day for all of the SMLC’s extraordinary partners in this effort.”

We offer our congratulations to all of our partners and, most importantly, to the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition for their leadership and innovative thinking on this important win for Los Angeles.

To watch the full announcement made by President Obama, click here.



LA n Sync Congratulates SLATE-Z On Its Promise Zone Designation Win!
June 07, 2016 — LA n Sync joined local leaders today in celebrating the South Los Angeles Empowerment Zone’s (SLATE-Z) winning application for a Promise Zone Designation. Sync is proud to have played a role in this historic and unprecedented partnership of over 50 public, private, and community-based organizations dedicated to moving residents to economic opportunity. The collaborative’s vision is to connect South Los Angeles through Transportation, Education and Economic Mobility


This is an unprecedented victory, as the City of Los Angeles will be the first in the nation with two Promise Zone designations. Sync provided technical assistance in the City’s first successful bid in 2014, and is proud now to have been involved in another successful application by having provided monetary support for the data, research, and narrative development for the application, in addition to grant management and a philanthropic letter of support signed by some of the leading foundations in the region, including: Annenberg Foundation, California Community Foundation, The California Endowment, Los Angeles Trade Technical College Foundation,  The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Roy & Patricia Disney Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation.

This effort to obtain a Promise Zone designation for South L.A. has been pushed hard by Congressmembers Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal-Allard, along with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Curren Price. Los Angeles Trade Technical College is the lead agency, the coalition includes 54 formal partners and more than 50 additional allies. Members include: Brotherhood Crusade, City of Los Angeles Coalition for Responsible Community Development, Community Coalition, CD Tech, LA Chamber of Commerce, LA Urban League, LA’s Promise, Los Angeles Unified School District, Move LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills, UCLA, and University of Southern California – among others. The collaborative work of the partnership was made possible with funding support from the California Endowment, LA n Sync, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation, and Weingart Foundation.

The new South L.A. Promise Zone is home to nearly 198,000 residents in parts of Vernon-Central, South Park, Florence, Exposition Park, Vermont Square, Leimert Park, and the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhoods. Coalition partners who developed the vision, goals, and activities laid out in the winning application call it SLATE-Z because they seek to capitalize on compelling opportunities that new light rail lines bring for neighborhood revitalization as well as connecting residents to education and economic opportunities.

This federal designation is a significant day for the South L.A. community: the award provides technical assistance and priority access to certain federal funding opportunities, which will bring greater resources to serve residents – 46% of whom live below the federal poverty line. For example, students at the 11 comprehensive high schools in SLATE-Z will receive increased support to prepare for colleges and careers. More than half (52%) of residents older than 25 have less than a high school education and only 9% have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The coalition also plans to tackle the 12% unemployment rate and under-employment to move more residents into living wage jobs and career pathways.

South Los Angeles was one of five urban Promise Zones selected out of a total of nine Promise Zones in this third and final round. They include:

1. Atlanta, Georgia
2. Nashville, Tennessee
3. Evansville, Indiana
4. South Los Angeles, California
5. San Diego, California
6. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Commission
7. Spokane Tribe of Indians, Washington
8. Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Rolette County, North Dakota
9. Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico

To date, the first Promise Zone designation has helped bring over $100M of federal investment into the City of Los Angeles, Hollywood/Koreatown/Pico-Union area. We have no doubt that this second designation for South LA will be just as successful.

If you plan to compete for an opportunity that meets Sync criteria and would like to be considered for Sync support, let us know at


Video Highlights


LA n Sync Stakeholder Convening
August 9, 2019 – LA n Sync convened leaders from the nonprofit, academic, philanthropic, public and private sectors to share how we are working in partnership with our regional government and elected officials to ensure LA works together to bring in federal, state and private investment to support our most vulnerable residents. VIEW VIDEO >

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on LA n Sync
March 06, 2015 — At a recent event at the Port of Los Angeles to unveil plans for AltaSea, Mayor Eric Garcetti discussed his support of LA n Sync and the success that we’ve been able to achieve in bringing funding to Los Angeles. VIEW VIDEO >

L.A. Area Leaders Discuss Commitment to Early Childhood Education
October 24, 2014 — Before joining the roundtable discussion on early learning with Secretary Arne Duncan, several participants demonstrated Angelenos’ collective commitment to early learning in video testimonials. <!–VIEW VIDEO >–>

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on LA n Sync
October 22, 2014 — In October, Washington came to Los Angeles, one of six roundtables they attended across the country, to learn about L.A.’s innovative programs surrounding early learning. In partnership with First 5 LA, the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Advancement Project, and the White House Domestic Policy Council, LA n Sync hosted Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and 40 key cross-sector leaders for a roundtable discussion. VIEW VIDEO >

US Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard and Tony Cárdenas on LA n Sync
May 10, 2014 — In a video message played during the LA n Sync Pilot Year Briefing, US Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard and Tony Cárdenas discussed how LA n Sync has united the L.A. County Delegation. VIEW VIDEO >

LA n Sync Pilot Year Briefing Highlights
May 09, 2014—250 guests gathered at the California Science Center for an executive briefing on LA n Sync’s pilot year moderated by Andy Goodman, director of the Goodman Center. In its first year, LA n Sync:
• scanned 45 federal agencies searching for discretionary grants that fit the LA n Sync criteria
• pursued 20 grants
• won 7 grants
• has 5 applications still pending
•In total, $51.5 million in grants were secured.
Additionally, by winning a Promise Zone designation for the City of Los Angeles and a Manufacturing Community designation for Southern California, the region is now in a preferential position to apply for future grants potentially worth more than a billion dollars. VIEW VIDEO >

If it were a nation, L.A. County would have the 19th largest economy in the world.

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