Job Training and Creation

The Job Training and Job Creation grant 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 2014 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 July 2014, the statewide unemployment rate stood at 7.4 percent 1 and illustrates the extent to which the crisis continues to impact Californians. July 2014 statistics in the Bay Area indicate that unemployment was estimated at 6.4 percent in Alameda County, 6.4 percent in Contra Costa County, 4.4 percent in Marin County, 4.9 percent in San Francisco, and 4.7 percent in San Mateo County. 2  In communities where many minority, low-skilled, and low-income individuals reside, the unemployment rate was higher: e.g., 9 percent in Oakland, 9.9 percent in Richmond, and 10.4 percent in East Palo Alto.3  In San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood, the poverty rate is exceptionally high since 30 percent of families in this neighborhood earn less than $10,000 per year.4  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 Job Creation strategies. The Job Training and Job Creation grant program supports efforts to connect mostly low-income and low-skilled workers to training and employment opportunities that offer families sustainable wages and career advancement opportunities.

Another focus of this grant program is on the roles of loans and technical assistance in helping Bay Area entrepreneurs start or expand their businesses. California’s small businesses make up 99.2 percent of employers—an overwhelming majority of employers the state—and employ 50.4 percent of the private sector’s workforce. Research indicates that financing small businesses provides a major economic boost with a proven 2 to 1 return as it flows through the regional economy and creates new wages, new spending, and new tax revenues.6

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

1 US Bureau of Labor Statistics,
2 State of California Employment Development Department,
3 Homefacts,
4 Hunters Point Family,
5 US Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy,
6 Ripple Effect: The Economic Impact of Microlending,

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 up 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: Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Please note support will be available until 2:00 p.m. PST)
Notification: November 2014
Grant Start Date: January 1, 2015 


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

Job Training and Creation Program Staff

Program Director, Community Development and Investment
Fellow, Community Development and Investment
Nila Kim
Nila Kim
Senior Program Assistant, Community Development and Investment