The James Irvine Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.2 million to ten nonprofit organizations working to expand opportunities for the people of California.
Through its arts program, the foundation awarded $800,000 over eighteen months to the TCC Group to continue providing technical assistance through the Arts Regional Initiative; $425,000 over three years to the Cornerstone Theater Company to help train and support community-engaged artists and develop new works of community-based theater through its institute; $225,000 over three years to Dell'Arte to expand its rural residency program and arts participation opportunities for communities across the North Coast region of California; and $225,000 over three years to ODC in support of new presentation and audience-engagement opportunities for its dance theater.
Organizations receiving grants through the foundation's California democracy initiative include the Latino Center for Prevention and Action in Health and Welfare, which was awarded a three-year, $450,000 grant to provide opportunities for low-income Santa Ana residents to participate in local public decision-making on issues related to land use and public safety; and the California Institute of Technology, which will receive $200,000 over twenty months to research the effects of California's "top two" primary system on voter and legislator behavior and examine voter perceptions of the new electoral system.
And through its youth program the foundation awarded two-year, $400,000 grants to the California School Boards Foundation to raise awareness of the Linked Learning approach among school board members and district leadership teams and provide direct support to facilitate the implementation and expansion of Linked Learning in districts across the state; and the Education Trust, to assure rigor and equity in the scaling up of the Linked Learning approach.
For a complete list of grantees, visit the James Irvine Foundation Web site.