Proposals in the create category
3-D SPACE: STEREO/SCOPE
STEREO/SCOPE: Looking Forward By Looking Back utilizes the latest virtual reality technology to create a simulacrum of a Victorian era stereoviewer, in which participants will experience life in the 19th century through historical immersive 3-D still photography, digitized and enhanced for the digital age.
70 Million Jobs
Fair Chance Tech Apprenticeship Program
We were recently included in a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to facilitate apprenticeships for formerly incarcerated job seekers throughout the nation. As an L.A-based company, we would like to focus part of our program efforts here in L.A. County through creating a model-based system of apprenticeships in positions that pay a living wage and provide a path to escaping poverty. We have partnered with the LA Mayor’s Office of Reentry in the past, as well as 50+ local organizations, and feel a strong connection to our home base.
Alliance for Southern California Innovation
DTLA: From Underdog to Innovation Superhero
The Alliance unleashes the diversity of entrepreneurial talent and ideas in Downtown LA (DTLA) by connecting startup founders with the resources they need most. We do this by first organizing and unifying key community leaders so they can better engage with their local startups. Then, we connect those startup founders with critical resources including capital, mentors, corporate partners, and peer support. We bring the pieces together to create a stronger innovation community that creates jobs and opportunity for all Angelenos.
AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles
Be an Aquaculture Scientist
The underrepresentation of minority students in ocean-related STEM fields is a disadvantage for the US and its growing STEM workforce needs. AltaSea and Sharefest have joined to facilitate job creation building opportunities and encouragement for Sharefest youth to lead positive change. Where the Port once provided a large supply of well-paying jobs, economic forces have rendered the surrounding community impoverished. This partnership aims to provide workforce development in sustainable aquafarming within the Port of Los Angeles.
Financial education and planning for urban LA
This grant will help grow and solidify the launch of BlueReef. As a new start-up, we face many challenges in terms of technology, education platforms, HR and overhead, which has become increasingly difficult in the new COVID-19 financial environment. Our goal is to reach as many small business owners and households in need of financial guidance, with a focus on the Hispanic community and beyond. Our focus is on short-term action as our financial lives have recently changed with the loss of jobs, savings, etc., as well as long term planning.
Cal State L.A. University Auxiliary Services, Inc.
Expanding High-Growth Inclusive Bioentrepreneurship
LA BioSpace, a Cal State LA initiative, provides entrepreneurs with state-of-the-art facilities and resources to launch startups and spur regional economic development. LA BioStart, a signature program of LA BioSpace, has trained and mentored more than 100 culturally diverse bioentrepreneurs over the last 3 years. LA BioSpace is looking to create a dedicated workspace for LA BioStart, including 2 state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, maximizing the cross-pollination of ideas and allows LA BioStart to reach bioentrepreneurs across LA County.
Pathways to Stability for Justice-involved Individuals
Chrysalis is the leading organization in LA focused on helping formerly incarcerated individuals attain self-sufficiency through employment. Each year, through supportive services and our social enterprise “Chrysalis Enterprises” (CE), we provide job readiness training and transitional jobs for over 3000 justice-involved people, offering them a second chance. LA2050 funds will support innovative technology upgrades that will make Chrysalis more efficient and effective in our efforts to help justice-involved clients find and retain employment.
Small Business Tech Booster Project
Codemarket’s Small Business Tech Booster Project will empower 100,000 small businesses in Los Angeles with the same technology and knowledge corporations and fortune 500 companies use to reach their goals. The Project will build prosperous local communities by enabling small businesses to create and monetize online communities and digital products tailor-made to their business. By harnessing the power of technology and innovation, small businesses will generate wealth and prosperity in their community and boost Los Angeles.
Community Vitalization Council
LA-Central American Business Initiative (LACBI)
The IBA LA-Central American Business Initiative (LACABI) enables LA entrepreneurs of Central American heritage to build businesses and jobs through trade with companies in Central America. LACABI provides online training and person-to-person coaching using proven IBA methodology and taps into the IBA network of accelerators in that region. The program will work with 40 companies, creating 100 direct and 250 indirect jobs.
Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum
The CCMM-in-SCHOOLS program brings a pop-up world cultures museum directly to students in their own schools, free of charge to participating public schools. In the 2020-2021 school year, CCMM aims to serve at least 32 school communities, as many as 50. Funds will be used for program-related costs, including installation and removal of the exhibition, educator-docents who lead students through an educational presentation, materials for hands-on learning, and community Open Houses, which will open the museum to participating schools’ communities.
Convergence Creative Solutions
Convergence LA 2050
Convergence will build an online community around the LA 2050 goals of LEARN, CREATE, PLAY, CONNECT, and LIVE. We will host virtual summits centered around each individual goal to organically build community initiatives. We will use technology to give Angelenos a method to integrate these initiatives into their daily lives. We’ll end the year with a live festival celebration of Los Angeles culture at a local park featuring local artists, small businesses, food-trucks, and cross-generational activities.
COOP Careers LA Expansion
COOP’s flagship program is a unique digital apprenticeship: peer cohorts of 16 motivated, underemployed grads meet nightly for 16 weeks (200 hours) to learn technical skills, build community, and jumpstart careers in digital marketing and data analytics. Each cohort is led by a team of four cohort captains, near-peer program alumni who serve as coaches, and mentors on top of busy jobs at local ad agencies and tech companies. In parallel, COOP helps these same employers meet and hire an increasing number of diverse, qualified candidates.
Creative Futures Collective
We are unearthing the next generation of creative industry leaders from underserved and disadvantaged communities. We take our Fellows through a 12 week program of weekly workshops, access to a mentor group of executives from Apple, Google, Netflix and a guaranteed paid internship with creative organizations including LA Lakers, Spotify, World Surf League and Uninterrupted among others.
Entrepreneurship Advantage (EA): Systematizing human, technical, and capital resources for Los Angeles entrepreneurs
EA connects under-resourced entrepreneurs with resources they need to grow thriving businesses that provide income for entrepreneurs, their families, and communities. Having done initial work on identifying, vetting and compiling LA’s regional resources (microloans, technical assistance, and education), the current project will intensify and expand our efforts; we will accelerate the distribution of resources and growth of our membership, ultimately strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem that allows LA-based entrepreneurs to thrive.
Apprenticeship Preparation Program
Flintridge Center’s Apprenticeship Preparation Program (APP) prepares formerly incarcerated individuals for careers in union construction trades. The APP is an evidence-based intervention that integrates workforce development with trauma-informed care to create life-changing opportunities.
Grid110 South LA
Grid110 provides free accelerator programs (no cost/no equity taken) to early stage founders in Los Angeles, connecting them to a growing community of fellow entrepreneurs, expert mentorship, and critical resources. We’re expanding programs into South Los Angeles, which is primarily Black & Latinx. Given the mere fraction of funding/loans allocated to women and people of color particularly, it’s imperative that support be prioritized to historically marginalized communities in an effort to level the playing field for economic mobility.
The S.T.E.A.M. Collective is a collaboration between Hacker Fund and Road to Artdom. Together, we will empower technologists and artists living in Los Angeles County to harness their creativity and build technology and creative arts organizations that educate the disadvantaged, inspire the community, protect the environment. We will provide up to 50 innovators with fiscal sponsorship, capacity-building services, and mentorship so they can prototype, launch, and hire Angelenos.
Hustle & Hustle
Reach Los Angeles
We will provide guidance and support for local media and news organizations by doing the following: optimize local news sites for maximum reach and revenue opportunities, advocate on behalf of Los Angeles’ local-based media in the advertising marketplace and provide ways for local publishers to connect and discuss partnership opportunities and learnings.
LA Plaza De Cultura y Artes
LA Plaza Cocina- the nation’s first museum and teaching kitchen dedicated to Mexican Cuisine
LA Plaza is creating the nation’s first museum dedicated to celebrating and educating visitors on Mexico’s culinary heritage, from its indigenous roots to contemporary interpretations. Through exhibitions, cooking classes, lectures, workshops, and culinary festivals, LA Plaza Cocina will pay tribute to your abuela’s salsa, share entrepreneur success stories, and uncover the science behind making perfect masa! We’ll honor Mexican history, art and culture in the kitchen, while creating a space for personal, familial and cultural exploration.
LA Sanitation and Environment: LA Industry
LA Industry: Circular Textiles
LA Industry aims to create a centralized HUB where material byproducts from businesses can be repurposed instead of going to landfills. This HUB will create a local closed-loop market that promotes a circular economy by providing stable and consistent material streams for reuse. Two key success factors that will be addressed are the management of an online material exchange platform and quality control/assurance.
Las Fotos Project
A Girl-Powered Foto Studio by Las Fotos Project
Las Fotos Project is opening a youth-centered photography studio in the heart of Boyle Heights where teen girls can build up their professional skills and earn an income by providing culturally relevant services for the community. During the school day, the studio will be made available as an affordable option for local artists/creatives, and after-school and on weekends the studio will be used by our students to conduct photoshoots and e-commerce photography services for women/POC-owned small businesses.
Los Angeles Center of Photography
LA Photo Hub
Over the past two decades, the Los Angeles Center for Photography (LACP) has supported photographers from beginners to professionals. Adults and kids from a broad spectrum of backgrounds have learned foundational and cutting edge photography techniques that have empowered them to tell compelling stories and reach their fullest potential of self-expression. My LA2050 will allow LACP to continue to advance our programs and to grow and fulfill our mission by offering more free events and exhibitions, as well as scholarships for underserved kids.
Los Angeles Review of Books
Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop
The LARB Publishing Workshop is a three-week intensive summer course offering students a comprehensive overview of how the publishing industry works and where it is heading. Our curriculum and program of speakers reflect LARB’s commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and independent literary production, featuring students and leading professionals from wide-ranging backgrounds and a robust scholarship program. Our goal is to train a new, diverse, and forward-thinking generation of publishing professionals here in Los Angeles.
Lost Angels Children's Project
Good Life Manufacturing
LACP respectfully request support for Good Life Mfg., a 12-week industrial arts vocational training and skills development program that serves opportunity youth ages 18-24 in the Antelope Valley. As a social enterprise, LACP students —who are at-risk for homelessness or joblessness—will go through a paid apprenticeship to build furniture using welding, fabrication and woodworking skills. Support from LA2050 will ensure that LACP can implement the project at full capacity to teach a 10-student cohort every 12-weeks throughout the year.
Mi Terro Food Waste
We would like to have support in marketing, branding, building partnership and distribution channels, and PR.
Mockingbird incubator is a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that supports and trains early-stage and grassroots nonprofit organizations to increase the impact of their work.
National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
Latino Lens Incubators
NALIP’s Latino Lens Program aims to champion the work and careers of Latinx and diverse creatives and industry professionals. Through Incubators, Workshops, and Mentorships, this program allows professionals in all divisions of media and entertainment to share their voices and create meaningful representation within the industry. Incubators provide creatives with real-world experience that elevates their content, workshops that educate future industry decision makers, and mentorships that build community between emerging and advanced creatives.
Celebrating Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture Through the Eyes of Angelenos
Noun Project believes that visual language has the power to shape, reinforce, and change our perceptions about the world. We will hire local photographers to build a new collection of photos representing the diversity, inclusivity, and culture of the city we love, and partner with an arts non-profit to provide photography mentorship to 30+ students. The photos will be made available for anyone to use for free under a Creative Commons license, so that images representing a more inclusive world can be shared from the classroom to the boardroom.
Empower the Next Generation of Community Yoga Leaders!
People’s Yoga is dedicated to making yoga an accessible, inclusive reality for all Angelenos by empowering the next generation of community rooted, social justice focused yoga leaders. We are committed to training 50 new yoga teachers and offering scholarships so more women, people of color, and folks from underserved communities can provide health, wellness, and healing to their deserving families and neighbors.
Project Equity, a program of Multiplier
Employee Ownership: Building a More Equitable and Resilient Future with LA’s Manufacturers and Workers
Project Equity will leverage employee ownership (EO) to preserve local ownership of manufacturing firms and increase economic security for low- and middle-income (LMI) workers. Through outreach to firms and their networks, we will raise awareness of and counsel manufacturers on EO transitions—the sale of a firm to its employees—to provide retiring owners and those considering closure due to COVID-19 with an exit option that averts job losses, transfers assets to LMI workers, and embeds greater economic resilience and equity into LA’s future.
Red Hen Press
Get LA Lit: Honoring Our Cultures Through Publishing
Red Hen Press is dedicated to bringing fresh stories to the world by publishing 26 works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction each year that continuously bring relevant literary jobs and internships to Greater Los Angeles. Our award series and free to low-cost events will spotlight emerging authors either in print or on a stage. We will also expand our work providing free creative writing workshops to underserved Los Angeles youth, offering more classes to a greater number of students than before, and publishing their work as one of our 26 books.
Refoundry Los Angeles Program
Refoundry’s goal is to expand our program in Los Angeles to serve at least 60 participants in 2020, and 75 people per year thereafter. My LA2050 funding will allow Refoundry to pay for essentials like tools, equipment, and insurance.
Los Angeles Disability Employment Initiative
Our Disability Employment Initiative will bring public, private and nonprofit sectors together to enable people with disabilities to gain the skills and jobs they need to succeed. We will ensure that the ABILITIES of Angelenos with disabilities are included in Los Angeles employment initiatives, especially those helping the city recover from COVID-19. Our annual Los Angeles Lab for disabled entertainment professionals and other key work will reduce stigmas that limit employment for people with disabilities.
Saturday Night Bath Concert Fund
One interactive, 7-professional-musician popular music concert and educational presentation, at 3 continuation high schools that provide inspiration for at-risk youth in the Los Angeles area.
Saturday Night Bath will produce & perform one, interactive, 2-hour concert (6-hours total including clinics) at 3-schools providing access to live music performance, & history for at-risk-students. The band performs old and composing blues songs with the students. The proposed sites are: Stoney Point (Chatsworth), Eagle Tree (Carson), and Odyssey (South Gate). Should scheduling conflicts occur, Santana (La Puente), Frida Kahlo, (E Los Angeles) McAlister/Westside (pregnant teens), and Optimist Home (Pasadena), would be alternates.
Smith & Co. LLC dba Kolor Society
This grant will support Mastermind Groups that offer peer-to-peer mentoring to minority and women owned businesses to solve problems and increase revenue. Every month Kolor Society and Innovative Entrepreneurs Hub partner with Startup Grind South LA to host mixers that highlight startups, founders, innovators, and creators. These business owners reveal challenges and a desire for a shared space to discover solutions, resources, and increase revenue.
Heerio.com-Building Meaningful and Impactful Networks
As a high growth potential LA based technology startup, our geo-location based networking app will allow individuals and organizations to connect seamlessly anywhere in Los Angeles and the world. These connections will support community based business and social impact initiatives, providing for meaningful connections that promote individual and professional growth for under represented groups.
Startup Coil LLC
Version One App Accelerator
Born out of the Startup Coil MVP program and in partnership with V ONE Inc, the Version One Accelerator helps small business owners and aspiring startup entrepreneurs launch native mobile apps. With the help of LA2050, the App Accelerator can offer scholarships to local entrepreneurs so they can take some of the difficult first steps toward success without needing to risk thousands of dollars on software developer costs. They will each emerge from the program with a fully functional mobile app and the business skills to keep making progress.
The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture
The Alliance seeks funding to pilot Arts2Work LA, a new creative workforce program for those most often marginalized from opportunity. It includes the very first federally-registered Apprenticeship Program in Media Arts, Mentorship + Equity/Inclusion training for employers, and access to new subsidies and grants available only through Registered Apprenticeship. We intend to pilot the Arts2Work LA program with 12 creative, low-income young people, showcasing this revolutionary blueprint and new model of reform for the digital generation.
The LEAGUE of EXPERIENTIAL & IMMERSIVE ARTISTS (LEIA)
License to Open LA (LOLA)
LOLA has 3 major parts: Online portal & town hall event series enabling creators to produce within currently offered regulations, & enticing international brands to come here; Data-driven resource from that portal, inducing policy changes where feasible for an easily accessed, city-approved resource to propose & permit non-traditional events; and programming at the world’s foremost annual immersive creator’s summit, sharing data with international leaders in immersive design to bring work to history’s largest entertainment capital: Los Angeles
The RightWay Foundation
The RightWay Foundation does critical preventative work to end the pipeline from foster care to homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, and poverty by providing foster youth with mental health services, job training, community support, and connections to opportunities in the workforce. With the economy fractured due to COVID-19 and rampant homelessness, the need in Los Angeles for employment-focused mental health services for transition-age foster and reentry youth is greater than ever.
Our innovative program will allow individuals to develop marketable skills, and ultimately to secure meaningful employment as a Production Assistant in the film and music industry. We provide our participants with a chance to receive superior career training with an emphasis on character building, life skills, and developing a good work ethic, which will serve to enrich all of their future endeavors.
Two Bit Circus Foundation
Play with Music
We're ready to expand our in-school and after school programs to 4 more schools (2 semesters at each school). Each program brings 8-10 professional artists to create original music with students. Students learn the ropes by doing it with pro's, touching all aspects of the creative process, including technology and business. We prioritize equipping students with the skills, knowledge, relationships and opportunities to start their careers through our program, including field trips and internship opportunities in addition to weekly sessions.
University of Southern California
Fighting Social Inequality For College Students
A LA2050 grant will support the internship program at the Center for the Political Future, in which college students are placed in unpaid political internships throughout the Los Angeles area. Many college students cannot accept unpaid internships due to their financial limitations, which ultimately impacts their future job prospects after graduation. Funding students at an unpaid internship produces social justice allowing everyone to take advantage of opportunities while in school in order to better prepare them for a successful career.
Venice Community Housing
Empowering Community Through Cultural Creativity
VCH kindly requests support for its art installation project, an activity of the organization’s Arts Community Collective (ArtsC2) committee. ArtsC2's purpose is to implement visual arts within Venice and provide a valuable cultural opportunity for VCH tenants, Venice residents, and surrounding communities. The art installation project is a manifestation of this purpose, as VCH strives to add public art installations (i.e. murals, sculptures, landscape design, etc.) to its permanent supportive housing and affordable housing properties.
In the Treehouse by Warehouse TV
A children's show that merges ASL and spoken English languages exposing kids to topics ranging from the basics to emotional issues akin to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.
Youth Business Alliance
Career & Entrepreneurship Education for Youth
The Youth Business Alliance is innovating how high school students prepare for college and their careers by providing a comprehensive curriculum addressing soft skills, career development, personal finance and entrepreneurship coupled with weekly guest presentations from industry professionals and hands-on field trips to corporate offices. YBA is seeking support to expand our program offerings digitally, so students can engage in self-paced learning and engage with our content and community in a flexible manner.