Six Richmond area nonprofit organizations will share $1 million in grants donated by Chevron as part of its California Partnership Program, which invests in economic development and education.
The California Partnership Program grants will improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in schools, offer training in emerging industries and promote economic development.
“Our contributions are designed to help people and businesses thrive,” said Nigel Hearne, General Manager of Chevron Richmond’s Refinery. “When businesses and nonprofits work together, we can ensure better education and jobs for the next generation and a better future for all of our communities,” he said.
West Contra Costa County Unified School District will receive $200,000 to improve STEM curriculum and education, increase the number of students completing STEM classes and improve test scores in STEM subjects.
The Contra Costa Economic Partnership will receive $200,000 to help West Contra Costa students transition from high school to post secondary education, training and high demand careers.
Solar Richmond will receive $171,886 to train Richmond residents for jobs in commercial solar installation.
The Contra Costa College Foundation will receive $100,000 to develop a STEM education infrastructure for students beginning in junior high school.
Catholic Charities of the Eastbay will receive $168,924 to offer mentoring for low-income residents between the ages of 18-24 to help secure employment as early childhood education teachers.
The Stride Center will receive $159,190 in grant funds to create 76 jobs and technical internships in the computing and e-waste recycling fields.
Grant recipients were selected based on their capacity to improve education, expand vocational training and increase job opportunities in Richmond and West Contra Costa County. Each proposal was evaluated through an open request for proposal (RFP) process and scored by criteria that included the evaluation of each organization’s technical approach, capacity to execute the project and management plan.
Chevron started the California Partnership in 2009, which has benefitted more than 24 organizations providing about $15.2 million dollars to support economic development and education initiatives.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.