$11 million in grants from Irvine Foundation

March 10, 2009 12:57:46 PM PDT
The San Francisco-based James Irvine Foundation has announced more than $11 million in grants for programs supporting education for low-income youth, the arts and government reform.

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The grants included $7.5 million for ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, a Berkeley organization working to expand access to higher education for low-income youth, which was founded by the Irvine Foundation in 2006.

The awards also included more than $1.6 million to arts, theatre and dance organizations, including $400,000 toward an audience-engagement study for Dance/USA, $100,000 for the San Jose-based Moviemento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana and $300,000 for Dell'Arte, a North Coast theater company.

Another $1.8 million in grants were awarded for programs working on electoral and budget reform in California, voter guides and resource management in the Central Valley.

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