Proposals in the 2020 My LA2050 Grants Challenge will be showcased on Monday, April 13, 2020.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. We continue to be inspired by our grantees who are adapting, innovating, and championing their missions more than ever during this time.
Defy Ventures has paused its in-prison programs due to the California Department of Corrections restrictions on visitors at this time, but Defy's staff hasn't skipped a beat. The team has been able to connect with participants to continue with the EIT (“Entrepreneur-in-Training") curriculum, and has shifted to virtual meetings for post-release and community programs. In addition, they're starting virtual book clubs and launching a letter-writing campaign so that volunteers and post-release EITs can send words of encouragement to in-prison EITs.
Rise reallocated a small portion of its project budget to provide immediate shelter to 40 local college students living in their car or on the streets. The goal: to use the time in a temporary facility to find permanent housing for these students. Rise has also continued its work with local college student organizers, shifting from in-person to digital advocacy methods.
Rock the Vote moved its Census “Create-a-thon" to an innovative digital gathering. Fortunately, the “Create-a-thon" was all about expressing creativity through the use of digital tools and platforms. The kick-off and award ceremonies were conducted virtually while a Slack workspace was created so that participants and event organizers could share resources, announcements, and questions about the Census in real time.
The Street Vendor Coalition responded swiftly to alleviate the negative economic impact of COVID-19 on local micro-businesses and their workers. The coalition created the Street Vendor Emergency Fund to raise the money needed to provide $400 in direct cash assistance to vendors who are unable to access government assistance.
The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's coordinated an alternative to its in-home caregiving model given concerns around older adults and COVID-19. The program, “E-Meal," will combat isolation by setting up virtual dinner meetings via phone or video to connect YMAA's volunteers with older adults. Not only does E-Meal encourage social interaction, but it also gives older adults a venue to express their need for resources.
The Natural History Museum has closed its local museums and paused all in-person programming. But NHM's Community Science team is accustomed to using creative, mobile methods to encourage Angelenos to explore nature on their own. One example: the upcoming 2020 City Nature Challenge, an international effort to mobilize people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe using their own smartphones and cameras.
826LA is continuing to provide its free tutoring, writing workshops, and support services to students, teachers, and families both online and over the phone. 826LA was motivated to make the shift to virtual methods in part because of the team's belief that storytelling can be a powerful tool in difficult times. See 826LA's digital resource hub for families here.
Harlem Lacrosse adapted proactively to the challenges faced by students, families, and teachers due to COVID-19. Program Directors served as “Resource Catalysts" to disseminate information from schools about virtual learning, meal distribution, and more. Meanwhile, the Leadership Team created virtual platforms and streamlined curricula to continue delivering academic support, athletic training, and social-emotional learning virtually. Some activities: live workouts, lacrosse jeopardy games, and an age-appropriate discussion on the coronavirus.
9 Dots has designed new remote learning options for its Get Coding and Academy students and will be offering webinar lessons to a full grade level at a time. 9 Dots is also launching this year's CS Education Heroes awards as a virtual campaign by soliciting videos from the community about why CS education and teachers are so important.
One thing we're really thankful for during this time is the truly wide variety of content that's available online to keep our spirits up and our minds open. We've put together 8 of our top picks that we're excited to share!
Children and Youth Specific (0-17):
Looking for ways to stay engaged while self-isolating? Check out some of the resources we've come across that can help you live, learn, play, connect, and create from the great indoors.
For more resources in response to COVID-19, check out our article compiling all the local resources we're aware of.
If you know of other resources, please submit them through this form.
The following is a directory of local resources to assist Angelenos during the COVID-19 crisis. If you know of others,
please submit them through this form.
Note: LA2050 is not coordinating the efforts on these lists. We are compiling and amplifying the resources sent to us. Please confirm with organizations that the resources or services are active.
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP:
RESOURCES AND SERVICES:
"SAFER AT HOME":
The deadline for applying to the My LA2050 Grants Challenge is fast approaching. Here are some top tips from our 2019 grantees on what you should do before you submit your proposal.
Have others check it over
Before Defy Ventures submitted its application, the team made sure they had at least three sets of eyes on their proposal. It can't hurt to have fresh perspectives double-check and triple-check your application for errors or ways to improve it!
Clarify your branding strategy
Establishing a social media presence can be a powerful way to engage both existing and new audiences. Miry's List advises that you have a social media strategy in place, especially if you are a community-based organization. If you aren't personally comfortable using Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, getting help from someone experienced with social media to build your brand can help in the long run.
Consider multiple ways to engage prospective donors
Through the process of applying to My LA2050, Rise learned that it could be useful to leverage this experience to unlock funding from other grantors. Once your proposal is ready, do a brainstorm to generate ideas for further engaging your community and prospective donors, such as organizing a campaign to match up to a percentage of the My LA2050 grant.