Latino-led organizations in California push for equal distribution of US bailout funds

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has put $16 billion in the hands of local and state agencies across California.

Now, Latino-led organizations are pushing for funding to be equitably distributed among underserved communities impacted by COVID.

Tulare native Adriana Saldivar is part of the Latino Community Foundation of California, which recently awarded $1.4 million in grants to 26 Latino-led advocacy centers in the state.

“For us, it is important to take this as an opportunity to engage the community in deciding how to spend this money. The Latino Community Foundation launched the Latino power fund last year, to ensure that we have the necessary resources to invest in community organizations,” says Saldivar.

The organization received 130 applicants for grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000.

26 organizations were selected, including the one that Valley native Veronica Garibay leads in Fresno.

It’s called The Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability.

The aim is to encourage local governments to invest in key issues, including clean water, economic investments, improved healthcare and WiFi accessibility.

“The funding that the Leadership Counsel has received from the Latin American community foundation allows us to continue and expand this work by working directly with communities to ensure that resources from the federal government are directed to vulnerable populations, the most vulnerable populations. most affected by COVID actually reached those neighborhoods and communities,” says Garibay.

The Latino Community Foundation provides support to grant recipients and tracks the impact of funding.

The group hopes this collaborative process will provide valuable lessons and a brighter future for the next generation.

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