Job Training and Creation

The Job Training and Creation grantmaking program supports efforts to connect low-income, low-skilled workers to training and employment opportunities that offer family sustaining wages and career advancement opportunities. Learn more about our 2013 Job Training and Creation grantees.

Program Goals

Although the economic recession officially ended in June 2009, the effects of the recession are still being felt throughout the country. Perhaps the most recalcitrant of our current economic issues is the problem of widespread unemployment. As of December 2013, the statewide unemployment rate stood at 8.3% and illustrates the extent the crisis continues its impact on Californians1. In the Bay Area in December 2013, unemployment was estimated at 7.4% in Alameda County, 7.3% in Contra Costa County, 5.0% in Marin County, 5.6% in San Francisco, and 5.3% in San Mateo County. In communities where many minority, low-skilled and low-income individuals reside, the unemployment rate was higher: e.g., 6.0% in San Rafael, 11.4% in Oakland, 11.9% in Richmond, 12.2% in East Palo Alto2. In San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood, the poverty rate stood at 21.3% with nearly one-fourth of the residents living at or below poverty. These data demonstrate that individuals with barriers to employment are having a particularly difficult time in the current labor market.

This continuing unemployment crisis in the Bay Area highlights the need for a strategic and comprehensive look at regional job training and creation strategies. The Job Training and Creation grant program supports efforts to connect mostly low-income, low-skilled workers to training and employment opportunities that offer family sustaining wages and career advancement opportunities.

Another focus of this grant program is the role of loans and technical assistance in helping Bay Area entrepreneurs start or expand their businesses. California’s small businesses make up an overwhelming majority of all employer firms in the state, employing 82% of all new job creation. Research has shown that financing small businesses provides a major economic boost with a proven return of at least 2 to 1 as it flows through the regional economy, creating new wages, new spending and new tax revenues.3

The Job Training and Creation Program also seeks to expand small business financing and microlending to boost employment opportunities as well as economic activity in low-income Bay Area communities.

1 US Bureau of Labor Statistics

2 US Bureau of Labor Statistics

3. Ripple Effect: The Economic Impact of Microlending, A case study of Opportunity Fund’s Microfinance Program from 1995 to 2010,

Objectives and Strategies

Objective One: Job Training

To support job preparation and training programs that rapidly prepare individuals for employment in industries experiencing growth and offering career advancement opportunities.


  • Increase the capacity of existing training programs offering short term training for entry-level employment in growth sectors (such as healthcare, hospitality, green construction and recycling, office admin and the IT sector).
  • Support job preparation services including career exploration, job search skills, work readiness, soft skills, basic skills, and case management.
  • Support career coaching for low-skilled individuals searching for work or seeking to advance.

Objective Two: Job Creation

To increase the supply of quality jobs that offer employment opportunities for low- to moderate-skilled workers.


  • Promote the creation of social enterprises that offer transitional employment, entry-level placements, and skill-building for low-skilled individuals.
  • Support the development of micro-enterprise training and technical assistance programs or other efforts that assist low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs to launch and grow small businesses.
  • Invest in employer intermediaries that address barriers to business expansion and growth, and align employer needs with the workforce training system.
  • Support the development, implementation, and enforcement of policies that lead to the creation of jobs, such as first-source/local hire ordinances, project labor agreements, and workforce provisions of community benefits agreements.

How to Apply

Please note that is not an open call for proposals. Only invited organizations may apply.

Grants will range from $30,000 to $50,000. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to invited organizations. In order to be considered for funding, invited organizations must submit a full grant proposal and all of the requested materials through Grantee Center.


Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:59PM
Notification: May 2014
Grant Start Date: June 30, 2014


For more information, or questions about this grantmaking process, please contact Landon Williams at or 415.733.8522.

Job Training and Creation Program Staff

Landon Williams
Program Director, Community Development and Investment
Tabitha Tapia
Program Fellow, Community Development and Investment
Nila Kim
Nila Kim
Program Assistant, Community Development and Investment