“This grant helped ACUDIR expand its geographical scope and reach immigrant communities in Livermore, South Hayward and Concord. Through the Capacity Building Project grant, we are a stronger coalition and are getting practical support in areas crucial to the continued growth and functioning of the coalition.”
- ACUDIR Coalition
Meet our grantees:
- Full Rights Equality and Empowerment (FREE SF) - San Francisco
- Alameda County United in Defense of Immigrant Rights (ACUDIR) - East Bay
- Central Coast Immigrant Rights Coalition (CCIRC) - Central Coast Region
- Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Empire (JFIC) - Inland Empire & Coachella
- San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) - Greater San Diego
- Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) - Central Valley/Fresno
- Immigration Action Group (IAG) - Santa Cruz and Watsonville
- Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC) - Long Beach/South Bay
- Resilience OC - Orange County
What is the Capacity Building Project
The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) began the Capacity Building Project in July 2013. Made possible by the leadership and commitment of CIPC and by a consortium of funders committed to a vision of a more equitable California, the Capacity Building Project aims to build capacity of regional coalitions with a grassroots-led, needs-responsive, and advocacy-oriented approach. We convene our grantees for strategic planning, provide trainings (on budget and policy analysis, public narrative and media/ message management, power analysis, etc.) and tailored consultations and technical assistance support that address the needs of individual grantees. This project builds the capacity of regional coalitions so that they can be better prepared to serve as an immediate, key resource in their community and bring the power and experience of people on the ground to social justice work at the state and regional levels.
We selected the grantees to represent diverse communities throughout California, covering northern, central and southern parts of the State. CIPC identified existing anchor organizations and coalitions in the different regions and piloted the project in 2013. Based on the success of the First Year, the regional coalitions became a cohort that has since been working towards the goals of: addressing the urgent work of connecting immigrant rights issues with other issues confronting many communities of color; bridging the geographical and economic divide between rural and urban areas; and harnessing their power to represent their communities in state and federal advocacy
Although the regional coalitions are in different locations in California, they face similar barriers to success such as-developing local campaigns, operating with limited and mainly volunteer driven resources, changing the public debate on immigrant issues in their region and connecting to larger policy efforts at the state and federal levels. The Capacity Building Project is an investment in regional and local coalitions to ensure that local realities and issues are represented and have impact on decisions and negotiations being made at the state level. Grantees have committed to fostering a grassroots agenda for a just and fair California that works for everyone.