Promoting Greater Civic Participation through Open Government Grantees - 2019

Organization Area served Purpose Amount
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus Santa Clara To support immigrant communities’ participation in our democracy with an emphasis on Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) implementation in Santa Clara County, evaluation and improvement in San Mateo County, and policy analysis and coalition-building around the VCA in the 2019 legislative session.    $60,000
Building Skills Partnership San Mateo, Santa Clara To support low-wage Latino immigrant janitors in Silicon Valley, BSP seeks to scale its Civic Leadership Program to empower disenfranchised workers to lead their communities in systemic change.  $60,000
Californians For Justice Education Fund Inc Santa Clara To support the Youth Rising for Justice project which will increase opportunities for empowerment and civic action for young people of color in Silicon Valley, aligned with the open government core tenet that government should be participatory.  $80,000
City of San Jose Santa Clara To support increasing access to information, transparency, and engagement with residents, the City of San José is building out three pilots: livestreamed content on social media, AI skills integration to improve content discovery, and intelligent data analytics on resident-city interactions.   $65,000
Greatnonprofits Santa Clara To support a pilot for an innovative and accessible technology solution for underrepresented residents in San Jose to have a voice on public policy issues facing the City of San Jose.  $50,000
League of Women Voters of California Education Fund San Mateo, Santa Clara To support the collection and aggregation of civic engagement activities and experience to help citizens and non-citizen residents more fully participate in local government and to help government operate in a more transparent and accessible manner.    $75,000
Maplight San Mateo, Santa Clara To support increased civic participation by providing democracy reform advocates with data analyses and visualizations to build public support to pass democracy reforms in their communities.  $50,000
Nuestra Casa De East Palo Alto San Mateo To support Nuestra Casa's ongoing Voter Education campaign and to assist in launching a Housing Advocacy initiative.  $40,000
Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center San Mateo To support the leadership of community ambassadors that increase civic engagement amongst Pacific Islander, Latino and African American youth and residents.   $40,000
People Acting In Community Together Inc Santa Clara To support more open, accountable government that serves people before profit, by empowering diverse, underrepresented community members to participate in making democracy real through engagement with local and state government and voting.  $60,000
The San Jose Public Library Foundation Santa Clara To support increased civic participation for San Jose youth ages 13-24, SJ Engage provides deep learning opportunities through facilitated discussion groups and social action projects within local communities.   $80,000
San Mateo County Office of Education San Mateo In support of teachers and students to elevate civics education and engagement through informed inquiry in classrooms employing community project-based learning that results in inspiring our youth to be stewards of awareness, action and advocacy for issues affecting humanity and our planet.  $55,000
Santa Clara County Office of Education Santa Clara In support of the civic education/engagement of diverse Santa Clara County youth, this project will develop and pilot an approach to curriculum planning based on authentic project-based learning that connects course content with critical examination of and response to contemporary issues.  $55,000
Services & Immigrant Rights & Education Network Santa Clara To support SIREN’s long-term Votar Para Ganar campaign to build a bloc of immigrant and youth voters in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties by integrated voter engagement with immigrant voters on important issues that impact families in the region.  $60,000
Somos Mayfair Inc Santa Clara To support the civic engagement of low-income Latino voters in the Alum Rock community, towards more policies that protect the rights and interests of this target population and to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether SOMOS Mayfair should form a 501(c)(4).  $60,000
Urban Habitat Program San Mateo To support the Working Families Alliance’s (WFA) engagement in outreach, mobilization, and leadership development of low-income communities, youth, immigrants, and communities of color in San Mateo County who are underrepresented in civic participation.  $50,000
Working Partnerships USA Santa Clara To support growing the civic infrastructure and voice of an organized base of underrepresented voters through integrated voter engagement, leadership development, and communications strategies in campaigns for equitable reforms in jobs, housing, immigration, health, tax and education policies.  $60,000
Youth Leadership Institute San Mateo To support an action based civic education program focusing on youth leaders of color in accessing and participating in public policy processes, serving on boards and commissions, engaging in community campaigns, and shaping policies that impact underrepresented communities in San Mateo County.  $50,000
Total $1,050,000