More than $1.6 Million in Grants to Support Community Programs
WASHINGTON, DC – February 28, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) Executive Director Roxana Olivas today announced that OLA has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to 55 District-based non-profit organizations that provide health and other community services to the city’s Latino community.
“Today, the District’s Latino population represents nearly 10 percent of our total number of residents, and I’m proud to provide funding to support unique programs and resources that serve this growing community,” Mayor Gray said. “My administration is committed to ensuring that all of our residents’ needs are met, and these grants will further that goal.”
The grants – awarded after a competitive process – will help provide a wide variety of direct services to the District’s Latino residents in the areas of economic development, education, crisis intervention, education, health, English language instruction, gang prevention and intervention, youth development, workforce development, and health-care services.
OLA is awarding the grants as a way of fulfilling its mission of improving the quality of life of the District’s Latino residents and addressing a broad range of social and economic needs through strategic management of public and private partnerships, expertise on policy, community relations, civic engagement and community-based grants.
“This funding for community-based services helps Mayor Gray fulfill his goal of providing world-class services to all District residents, including members of our Latino population,” said Olivas. “The services provided by these agencies make a tremendous impact in our community. OLA continues to meet the challenges of our community through collaboration – and this funding ensures another year of significant impact for all our residents.”
Fifty-five non-profit organizations received the grants, which range from $5,000 to $100,000 in funding. The community-based organizations that received awards include:
Andromeda Transcultural Health
Barbara Chambers Children’s Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area
Bread for the City
Capital Area Asset Builders
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Centro de Alfabetizacion en Espanol (CENAES)
Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative
DC Jobs with Justice
Dialogue on Diversity, Inc.
District of Columbia Arts Center
Educational Video in Spanish, Inc. (EVS Communications)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Housing Counseling Services
Kid Power, Inc.
La Clinica del Pueblo
La Trenza leadership
Latin American Youth Center
Latino Economic Development Center
Latino GLBT History Project
Latino Student Fund
Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Life Skills Center
Many Languages One Voice
Maru Montero Dance Company
Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc.
Mi Casa, Inc
Multicultural Career Intern Program
Multicultural Community Service
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
San Miguel School
Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
Spanish Education Development (SED) Center
Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc.
Teaching for Change
Teatro de la Luna
The DC Center for the LGBT Community
The Family Place
The Washington Ballet
Vida Senior Centers
Young Playwrights’ Theater