18 Jun The African American Alliance Fund Grantees
Founded on June 19, 2020, by OCCF’s Executive Vice President & COO, Tammy Tumbling, the mission of the African American Alliance Fund is to raise awareness about systemic racism and support programs that advance African Americans within Orange County and surrounding communities.
The African American Alliance Fund is one of many tools to advance our work for racial justice and equity. It is the first of a lasting commitment to investing in the promise and potential of our diverse communities.
Meet Our Grantees
In celebration of Juneteenth and in honor of the Fund’s one-year anniversary, we are thrilled to announce that a new round of grants totaling $132,500 has been awarded to organizations serving Black communities in Orange County and surrounding cities. A review committee was assembled to review select proposals for funding based on the priority areas of education, health, human services, economic development and civic engagement.
UCI Black Thriving Initiative – The Black Thriving Initiative – Student Startup Fund seeks to provide students engaged with the Black Thriving Initiative the training and opportunities they need to become successful entrepreneurs.
Learning Rights Law Center – The goal of the Racial Equity in Education Program is to secure equal special education services for African American families and to build self-advocacy skills among African American parents as they navigate the special education system.
National College Resources Foundation – According to a recent article in The Hechinger Report on Higher Education, the portion of college graduates with degrees in science, math, and engineering who are Black is falling, even as demand for workers in those fields grows at a double rate of other occupations. In 2014, National College Resources Foundation created Students Think STEAM, an initiative to increase the number of Black students going into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Agriculture, Aviation, Aerospace and Math.
Arts and Learning Conservatory – Gospel VOICES of OC will use arts education and a culminating performance to honor and perform artistic work created solely by Black artists. Students ages 12-21 will explore activism through artistic performance while developing artistic, performance, cross-cultural, and social-emotional skills.
CSUF Institute of Black Intellectual Innovation – #Networked Creative Technology Collaborative, an educational and community-engagement program that connects Black, first-generation students, and underrepresented students of color in the humanities and arts to local businesses, corporate partners, and scholars of Digital Humanities and African American Studies. Together, they will create Black Enterprise Map OC, a public-facing digital project that maps Black-owned and Black-serving businesses and nonprofit organizations in Orange County.
The G.R.E.E.N Foundation – TGF’s Community Health Advocates (CHA) Program equips and supports college interns and adult volunteers to serve as ambassadors on the frontlines working directly with constituents to improve health outcomes. Advocacy and health system navigation services are the primary focus of work for this project.
NAACP, Orange County Chapter – Black Youth RISING (Resilience, Inspiration, Significance, Invaluable, Noteworthy and Gifted). is a pioneering program that attends to the psychological needs of self-worth in African American elementary school children, grades 3rd and 4th. Through program activities, special attention will be paid to building the esteem of African American students to build upon their skills and ensure persistence from elementary to high school and onward to higher education.
Positive Results Center – Healing Through Trauma is an art-based, culturally-specific and sensitive, trauma and healing informed series of workshops, trainings and peer support for youth, parents, educators, school personal, faith and community-based organization, non-profit, employers, law enforcement, government and youth-serving providers. We create, provide and conduct awareness and prevention education and healing strategies.
Council of African American Parents (CAAP) – The CAAP/PALS Personal Academic Learning System, Leadership & Writing Academy is a 16-week academic, social and cultural experience designed to help scholars discover how they learn best on their own and in groups.
The Enlightened Mentor Project – TEM believes mentoring to be a positive enabler for African American youth and young adults, both as an intervention and prevention tool that helps them maximize their potential and achieve great life outcomes that uplift their family and the communities in which they live.
ESP Education & Leadership Institute – BOSS has built a consistent track record of achievement in supporting African-American/BIPOC boys in making significant improvements in their academic performance, character development, life skills, and career aspirations. We have developed a stable, successful, evidence-based program and infrastructure that has positively affected the lives of thousands of boys.
Forgiving For Living, Inc. – To keep up with the demanding issues of today’s environment Forgiving for Living is establishing Ambassador Leadership Program. Youth Development Programs will help African American Girls achieve their best self through leadership training and promoting their involvement in community engagement.
Forgotten Children Inc. – Forgotten Children provides outreach and assists victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation throughout the Orange County region.
Parenting For Liberation – The Building on partnerships with California State University Fullerton (CSUF) and the Institute for Black Intellectual Innovation, Parenting for Liberation will: train students on Black liberated parenting theory; connect with CSUF mapping project to do targeted outreach to Black families in OC, and bring Black families together for explore changes that advance human and civil rights and promote racial equity, over time.
CAP-OC – With a goal of developing and implementing a diversity and inclusion lens that will strengthen their outreach, engagement and access to services, CAP OC is launching an organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training initiative.
In addition to grant funding, the African American Alliance Fund seeks to leverage the influence and reach of the Orange County Community Foundation to uplift the visibility and voice of Orange County’s Black community. The Fund hopes to serve as a convener in Orange County, building on the relationships with grantees to create a coalition of Black-led and Black-serving organizations.