Programs that work in underinvested areas or with underserved communities in the East Bay to create jobs and stimulate economic activity. We prioritize programs that are creating high-quality jobs and/or supporting businesses that are responsive to the health and economic needs of residents.
Microenterprise, cooperative and microloan programs that help low-income individuals start businesses, as well as improve business survival rate and profitability.
Organizations that advocate for system change in community economic development, with a focus on the East Bay.
Capacity building and technical assistance to organizations seeking to strengthen these types of programs.
Our Desired Outcomes:
Jobs created or retained
New businesses opened with annual increases in profitability
Improved survival rate of businesses over time
Increase in household income and improved asset health from self-employment