Latino Community Fund strives to engage community in the process of investing in our collective future and uses an asset-based participatory approach to grant awards. Community grants are typically awarded to Latino-led and Latino accountable programs and organizations whose work is creating more equitable change and investing in the future of Latino children and families.
Since it began, LCF has invested over $500,000 in community grants and scholarships to improve education, economic empowerment, arts, civic engagement, environmental justice and health in our communities. It has also facilitated more than $800,000 for fiscally sponsored projects that have benefited thousands more community members through arts, legal aid, counseling, health, children and youth programs.
Grant programs have included:
In 2015, El Futuro Project, as part of their leadership program, identified, nominated and selected programs and organizations that are addressing the critical needs for Spanish-speaking families to improve school readiness of their children. El Futuro leaders also engaged in raising funds to invest in these critical programs.
This year, LCF accepted nominations for a 2017 Community Grant Awards to support Latinx leadership programs and organizations. A community leader engagement committee reviewed and made recommendations for the selection of awardees.
With 30 nominations from Latinx-led organizations across Washington State, this year's committee awarded 18 grant awards to leadership programs that showcase the power of our Latinx community across Washington State.
Special thanks to all of the Committee Members, who brought their voice and leadership to the Grants Committee. And thank you to all who nominated leaders. Stay tuned for the 2018 Community Grant Awards.
To learn more about how you can be part of next year's 2018 Community Grants Committee, contact Director of Development, Lilliane Ballesteros, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Philanthropy Northwest for the support to make these Grant Awards possible.
The 2017 Grant Awardees include:
Ballard Civic Orchestra
The mission of the non-profit Ballard Civic Orchestra is to enhance Seattle-area, Latino/a community life by creating a multi-generational, intercultural community orchestra, involving professional musicians and talented amateurs of all ages and presenting classical concerts, instructional workshops, and a youth orchestra program, all without charge, for the benefit of under-served Latino/a, immigrant, and refugee communities. Our motto is “Building Community through Music.”
To create an environment in which the rapidly growing Latino community has opportunities allowing them to effectively participate in and contribute to the success of Pierce County.
Chicano Empowerment & Enrichment Coalition
ChEECo is committed to empowering and enriching the lives of U.S born Latino/a and Chicano individuals and families; youth services and activities; preserving culture and providing community services to Chicano or American-born Latinos.
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo is a non-hierarchical collective founded for and by undocumented immigrants. Colectiva’s mission is to address barriers to inclusion, and empower immigrant communities into action through legal advocacy, community education, and leadership development. Colectiva envisions an end to the criminalization and detention of the migrant community, and believes that when empowered with the skills and tools to fight for their own liberation, our communities will organize towards justice and self-determination, and the right of free movement of all people regardless of borders.
Comunidad Latina de Vashon
Misión: 1) Apoyar necesidades de la comunidad Latina de Vashon y; 2) Asesorar la comunidad sobre sus derechos (sean del grupo o individuales/ civiles o laborales); 3) Desarollar líderes, tomando en cuenta la cultura; 4) Cambiar la realidad de discriminación e injusticia; 5) Tener un local donde reunir, recibir información, consultar, con identidad Latina; 6) Hacer una contribución positiva a la comunidad de Vashon; 7) Establecernos como comunidad con orgullo; 8) Cambiar el aspecto de la comunidad latina en Vashon; 9) Unir los latinos de Vashon como familia de apoyo mutuo; 10) Promover intercambio, entendimiento, colaboración, y respeto entre comunidades en Vashon.
The DreamFields Project prepares Mount Vernon migrant students for college and careers by cultivating youth voice and leadership.
To promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.
La Casa Hogar
La Casa Hogar connects and educates Latino families, to transform lives and our Yakima Valley.
Latino Educational Training Institute
To facilitate the personal and financial success of Spanish-speaking and bilingual persons and inspire Latino youth to pursue their dreams and become leaders in their communities.
Empowering children and youth through arts and culture classes.
Movimiento AfroLatino Seattle
MÁS activates and empowers communities through art, raising awareness about the history and cultural contributions of Latinos of African descent for social change and racial equity.
Para Los Ninos de Highline
Organizing Latino Families to transform communities and create academic and life success for every Latino student
Puentes: Advocacy, Counseling & Education
Puentes mobilizes mental health resources to help families affected by immigration policies cope & flourish. We create innovative therapeutic spaces to promote the recovery of social agency, social healing, and organize our communities towards collective immigration justice in the United States.
Restaurant Opportunities Center-Seattle
Improving wages and working conditions for restaurant workers.
Simposio Mujeres Latinas
Promote a supporet network among Latinas and their communities, to strenghten their telents and to develop their social leadership skills.
Somos is an organization for LGBTQ Latinx folks. Our goal is to engage in collective actions by bringing together an active community, sharing resources, and fostering spaces for learning.
Washington Family and Community Engagement Trust (WAFCET)
We help schools engage families in education and help families become active participants in the education and well-being of their children.
WA Immigrant Solidarity Network -Red de Solidaridad de Inmigrantes en WA
The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network protects and empowers immigrants and refugees in Washington State through advocacy, mobilization tools, and community action.