Education, Grants and Funding

Grants to Help Low-Income Valley Residents Announced

From CentralValleyBusinessTimes.com, 5 May 2011.

  • Seven Valley agencies to share in total of $1 Million
  • ‘We will be able to positively impact and improve the lives of many Californians’

Sacramento CA — The Department of Community Services and Development is handing out more than $1 million in Community Services Block Grants to 17 providers throughout the state – including seven service portions of the Central Valley — to support projects that benefit low-income individuals, families and communities.

“Through these targeted initiatives and innovative projects, we will be able to positively impact and improve the lives of many Californians who are struggling in these difficult times,” says CSD Acting Director John Wagner.

Grants affecting the Central Valley include:

• California Human Development is awarded $50,000 for A Field of Their Own, a community garden project that will provide related gardening and nutrition services for low-income farmworkers and their families in Yuba City as well as in Fairfield and Napa.

• Center for Employment Training is awarded $70,000 for Work the Hidden Job Market – Get Back to Work, an initiative to increase the job placement rate of graduates at CET Centers in four counties with high unemployment rates which includes Sacramento County.

• Central Valley Opportunity Center is awarded $70,000 for a comprehensive farmworker vocational development and job placement project, focusing on the commercial truck driving field targeting migrant seasonal farmworkers in Stanislaus, Merced and Madera counties.

• Community Services Employment Training is awarded $50,000 for Tech Connect, a high-tech job training program targeted toward low-income, at-risk youth in Tulare County.

• Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission is awarded $70,000 for Food – Fresh but Fragile, a food distribution and nutrition education program targeted toward west Fresno County and the cities of Huron, Firebaugh, Mendota and San Joaquin.

• Proteus is awarded $70,000 for Renewable Energy Project, a targeted employment training and job placement project to provide renewable energy education, training and placement to low-income clients in Fresno and Tulare counties.

• Sacramento Employment and Training Agency is awarded $80,000 for Healthy Futures, an obesity prevention project targeted toward children and families participating in Head Start in the Galt area and emancipated foster youth in Sacramento County.

Clients served through the projects must meet poverty income guidelines for the federal CSBG grant, which is 100 percent of the most recent poverty income criterion published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Source: CentralValleyBusinessTimes.com, “Grants to help low-income Valley residents announced” 5 May 2011.

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