Latina Giving Circle is proud to announce its second grant cycle. Two $5,000 grants will be granted to organizations working to support vulnerable immigrant youth and adults with either undocumented and/or deferred status. 

The application period is now closed. We thank everyone for their interest and look forward to announcing our selected grantees in spring 2018. To find out about future grant cycles, please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on social media.


Past grantees:

Barrio Logan College Institute and Building Skills Partnership. 

Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) breaks the cycle of poverty by preparing disadvantaged students to be among the first in their families to attend and succeed in college. 100% of their high school graduates enroll in colleges and universities across the nation. A unique element of their programming includes Círculo de Mujeres. Círculo de Mujeres focuses on the personal development of theLatina students in the program, who meet to discuss a wide array of topics, especially as it relates to their career development. Círculo de Mujeres will use support from Latina Giving Circle to host special gatherings, monthly meetings, identify professional mentors, and other special activities that help the girls connect to their personal histories and gives them a safe and fun space for expression. Learn more about BLCI here.

Building Skills Partnership (BSP) is a statewide organization that improves the quality of life for low-wage janitors and their families by increasing their skills, access to education and opportunities for career and community advancement. In high-rise buildings and industrial  parks throughout San Diego, thousands of janitors toil through the night to keep workplaces clean. 70% are women, most never finished grade school, and many are struggling to learn English while working long hours for low wages. BSP offers these workers a rare chance to invest in their futures by acquiring workforce and computer literacy training. Through a unique partnership, BSP trains close to 3,000 low-wage janitors a year, primarily in California’s largest cities. With a new training center in San Diego, LGC support will allow BSP to expand its computer literacy programming locally. This support will provide BSP with the resources to replicate its successful workforce training model and computer literacy training in our region. Learn more about Building Skills Partnership here.

About the LGC grantround - Since its inception 70 men, women, and organizations inspired by the Latina Giving Circle’s mission have come together and collectively raised over $20,000 to invest in issues that matter to us most. In June of 2015, the LGC released its first ever request for proposals. This grant round sought to support organizations working to positively impact career and leadership development of Latina women and girls in San Diego. Eighteen exceptional organizations representing innovative and impactful work submitted proposals. Over the months that followed the Latina Giving Circle Grants Committee carefully reviewed their proposals, identified and visited eleven of the organizations, and worked to narrow the field down to five outstanding applicants. Finally, the five organizations were put to a full member vote with the end result being Barrio Logan College Institute and Building Skills Partnership as the finalist grantees. Look for forthcoming details about our grants celebration to honor our grantees and members who made this possible. 

Have a question about LGC's grantmaking?  Contact Macy Olivas, Chair of the LGC Grantmaking Committee.