California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a nonprofit public interest law firm with the mission to provide high-quality legal services that improve the quality of life for low-income Californians and their rural communities.
Through the Community Leadership Project, CRLA has identified strong, impactful community organizations (six in the San Joaquin Valley and three in the Central Coast) and is providing multi-year core operating support and capacity-building grants.
Regions Served: Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley
Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and Tulare counties
Total Award: $850,000
California Rural Legal Assistance established the Fund for Rural Equity (FFRE) to serve as a long-term grantmaking and nonprofit support program. CRLA’s extensive network of rural offices then identified nine organizations for FFRE grants, which included Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce, and Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos.
California Rural Legal Assistance partners with CompassPoint, an established resource to nonprofits, to provide Executive Director 101 and Management 101 training to all grantees, and also facilitates peer support groups in connection with another Community Leadership Project intermediary, Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Through a tailored approach and collaboration with partners, CRLA’s nine grantees benefit from financial resources as well as access to the management, planning and legal training often missing in the development of small nonprofits serving low-income people and communities of color.
- Centro Binacional Para El Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueno
- Dolores Huerta Foundation
- Fathers and Families of San Joaquin
- Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries
- Hollister Youth Alliance
- Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce
- Mountain Community Resources
- Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos
- West Fresno Health Care Coalition
Project Launched: Summer 2009
(415) 777-2794 ext. 338