Buscaino Community Grants

The 2021 Grant Winners

 

Harbor City 

Harbor City Announcement Video

The Great Summer Comeback - Helping Kids Succeed in Harbor City, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor, $24,000

  • Our nationally recognized education assistance programs and activities will close the learning gap and give kids the tools they need to be successful in the new school year. With the grant funds, we will provide full scholarships to 80 well-deserving kids from the Harbor City Community who need this opportunity. The program will be based out of our Harbor City Boys & Girls Club and will run for 8 weeks, providing 400 hours of summer enrichment.

Spotlight the Arts for All, Humanities and Arts Academy of Los Angeles (HArts), $90,000

  • We seek to use the students’ natural creativity to motivate them to be successful academically. However, our success is limited by the lack of funding for modern technology that is available to schools in neighboring communities. In order to achieve equality for our thriving performing arts departments, we must update the lighting systems in our auditorium. Most of the current equipment is obsolete and cannot be replaced or repaired because it is outdated. Upgrading to a new LED system will be safer, more cost, and energy-efficient, and will inspire students in our community to strive for greatness. The Harbor Gateway community will also benefit from improvements to our auditorium since it connects our alumni, students, staff, and community, and our shared artistic and cultural experiences.

Narbonne High School Complex Facilities Improvements, Narbonne/HArts Complex, $68,000

  • The Narbonne campus needs to improve the library, an important area of learning and community building. NHS has paid for new flooring in the library, and we have money set aside for painting the library next year. We have spent over $50,000 on new multicultural high-interest books. We would like new furniture. The old furniture is damaged and out of date. We want to create open seating and an inviting atmosphere.

Harbor City Food Pantry - Community Sustenance, Harbor City Food Pantry, $25,000

  • Over the duration of the 12 month grant period, the organization will continue to provide twice-weekly food distributions, an annual Thanksgiving food drive, an annual Christmas drive, and twice-yearly back-to-school sustenance and supplies drives. In addition, Harbor City Food Pantry anticipates serving upwards of 400 families, 1,000 individuals, and 300 Kindergarten through 12th grade age students over the duration of the grant period.

Youth Ambassador Program, The City Lights Gateway Foundation, $70,000

  • We intend to expand and advance our youth job training curriculum by providing beautification projects and offering paid hands-on work experience under our Youth Ambassador Program. The City Lights Gateway Foundation established the Youth Ambassador Program as a civic engagement outlet that incorporates mentorship and service-learning for at-risk youth. Service-learning can improve character values and promotes responsible behavior.

Giving Room Foster Youth and Students Experiencing Homelessness Resources/Services Room, LAUSD-Local District South-Harbor City Area, $30,000

  • Giving Rooms are conveniently located, confidential spaces in our schools where LA City’s Homeless and Foster Youth can come to acquire support such as clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, and food staples, as well as be connected via LAUSD staff to mental health, vision, dental and medical services. In addition, parents and legal guardians may seek assistance in completing applications for other services they might be qualified to attain. The Giving Rooms are not only open to students experiencing homelessness/foster youth but also, to any students in need at that school site or any other neighboring LAUSD school sites as well.

Harbor Gateway 

Harbor Gateway Video Announcement

The D.R.E.A.M. Program, Driving Hope Foundation, $50,000

  • We propose to use this grant to assist disadvantaged persons by helping them to attain their Commercial Truck Driving Class A license. A disadvantaged person would fall under the category of ex-convict, minority populations, domestic violence victims, unemployed persons, and homeless persons.

Nuestras Raices Family Plan Registration Fees, Nuestras Raices, $30,000

  • Nuestras Raíces is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that serves the South L.A. community by providing dance and music classes as well as community service and leadership opportunities to over 250 children and youth, and their families. We offer weekly classes taught by Master dancers and musicians at a very low cost. The organization provides all the attire the students need to perform, at no cost. We organize high-quality professional performances for our community. We also provide academic mentoring.  So, we would like your committee to consider granting scholarships to 50 dancers in our organization.

New Challenge Ministries Fresh Rescue Food Bank, New Challenge Ministries Fresh Rescue Food Bank, $20,000

  • Our request would enable us to provide food and basic necessities to the Harbor Gateway South area. Our primary focus is families and individuals in the Harbor Gateway South area as well as the 186th Elementary School, Halldale Elementary School and Gardena High, and the Healthy Start Program. We have partnered with these three schools specifically to assist them with food, school supplies, and other student needs.  In addition, we have partnered with the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Wilmington YMCA as well as the Harbor Division of LAPD.

San Pedro 

San Pedro Video Announcement

The Blue Hour: Ocean of Inclusion, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, $30,000

  • The 2020 Blue Hour theme focused on education. For 2021, the Blue Hour theme is Ocean of Inclusion. Our community will come together, in support of the ocean, to celebrate both education and the diversity of our port community, including indigenous ocean cultures like the Tongva and the Chumash Nations who once lived and traded in what we now know as San Pedro.  The celebration will be held at Angel’s Gate Park, against the backdrop of the Korean Bell. The program will include free admission to 500 members of the community.

2021 Festival of Sail: Three-Day Discovery of Careers, Education and Family Fun for Youth at LA's Waterfront, Los Angeles Maritime Institute, $36,000

  • Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s (LAMI) 2021 Festival of Sail in San Pedro is an informative, engaging, and fun three-day discovery of what opportunities are available through our ocean, port, and coastal communities for our youth.

The MMCC Community Environmental Education Program, Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles, $47,000

  • The MMCC plays a vital role in supporting ocean conservation in Los Angeles County and beyond. Through the rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals like seals and sea lions, we are able to return hundreds of animals back into the wild each year. Our rehabilitation work also provides a unique opportunity for visitors to see local marine life up close.

The Great Summer Comeback - Helping Kids Succeed, Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor, $60,000

  • With the grant funds, we will provide full scholarships to 200 well-deserving kids from the San Pedro Community who need this opportunity. The program will be based out of our San Pedro Boys & Girls Club and Port Boys & Girls Club locations and will run for 8 weeks, providing 400 hours of summer enrichment.

Blowing Up Whale Education, Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, $69,500

  • Our plan is to make a big splash in whale education by adding amazing life-size inflatables that will thrill the young and young at heart. We plan to showcase these gorgeous whales several times a year. They will become an exciting addition to the annual Whale Fiesta, which attracts thousands to the Aquarium each January. We will also use them to “blow up” the annual Spring Outdoor Classroom, which attracts 1,000 schoolchildren every day for nine weeks (36,000 children in all.) We will also incorporate it into our Outreach Program, which brings an aquarium on wheels to schools that cannot come to us. (25,000 students a year.

Your Stuff, Your Home, YOUR Van - You can help our men help you!, The Beacon House of San Pedro, $75,000

  • Our Workforce Development Program addresses the needs of our residents with barriers to employment by providing a professional environment to develop marketable skills and credible work history. Our social enterprise, the Beacon House Thrift Shops located in San Pedro and Long Beach, offers just such an opportunity. We’d like to take the competition up a notch and offer free home delivery to customers who purchase furniture and other large items. To do that, we need to purchase a Ford Transit Cargo Van. This vehicle represents so much more than home delivery. It is an opportunity for men to gain practical experience, to restore dignity, to build social skills. A vehicle that will help a man find his way from homelessness to home.

Eastview Little League Restroom & Field Renovations, Eastview Little League, $90,000

  • As we learned how to work through the pandemic and find our new way in 2021, the Eastview Little League Knoll Hill fields are in need of a few improvements to ensure baseball in San Pedro continues for decades to come. At this time, two major needs for Eastview are the restroom facilities and field maintenance which have been deferred over the past few years due to limited funding. We respectfully submit a grant request for a new restroom facility and field renovations.

San Pedro Fallen Veterans Memorial, Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship IOWA Museum, $92,700

  • The “San Pedro Fallen Veterans Memorial” was conceived by San Pedro native, Steve Marconi. It will be located adjacent to the historic USS IOWA – a vibrant museum and community hub on the Los Angeles Waterfront. The memorial will include a stunning three-slab granite monument with the names of all San Pedrans who died in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. We have identified more than 160 names from WWII and another 60 from other conflicts. The memorial will include a flagpole and lights so the American flag can proudly wave 24 hours a day. It will also include a “reflection space” with benches and shade where residents can pay homage to family members and loved ones, and visitors can be reminded of lives lost in service to their country.

Shakespeare by the Sea - 2021 Free Outdoor Performances, Shakespeare by the Sea, $100,000

  • Shakespeare by the Sea will present two professionally crafted full-length Shakespeare plays in San Pedro’s Point Fermin Park for a total of 12 Admission Free Performances. Our production of “Richard III” will run two consecutive weekends on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 16, 17, 18 at 7 pm, and repeat on July 23, 24, 25 at 7 pm. Then two weeks later, we will present “Love’s Labour’s Lost” on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 13, 14, 15 at 7 pm and repeat on August 20, 21, 22 at 7 pm. Plans are also in place to film both productions so that we can offer them FREE on YouTube for patrons who are either unable or do not feel comfortable attending public events yet.

Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic, Pedro Pet Pals, $100,000

  • Pedro Pet Pals (PPP) in collaboration with Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles (SNPLA SNPLA.org - another nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization) will establish a NEW low-cost veterinary clinic serving families in San Pedro, Harbor City, Wilmington, and surrounding areas.

Beautification Projects!, Bridge Cities Alliance, $100,000

  • Our community beautification project begins with a new vision, one of a reimagining of a clean, new aesthetic look of the entrances of San Pedro's two main business corridors including Pacific Ave and Gaffey St. The vision is of power washed sidewalks, clean gutters, maintained tree wells, weed and trash free sidewalks, and freshly painted perimeter walls along the business corridors.

Operation School Bell - Dressing Low-Income Children For School, Assistance League of San Pedro-South Bay, $100,000

  • Operation School Bell provides new, school-appropriate clothing for low-income and homeless San Pedro, Harbor City, and Wilmington children. Dressing in new clothing that children can try on ensures proper fit, comfort, and protection from the weather. It also helps to protect children from bullying, because their clothing does not single them out as low-income or homeless.

Cleaning up the Dirty Laundry - Affordable Laundry for the Community at Toberman Neighborhood Center, Toberman Neighborhood Center, $100,000

  • Toberman Neighborhood Center is on a mission to help clean up the community, one cycle at a time. Our ironed-out vision for the Buscaino community grant is to convert a Toberman room into a designated laundry area with 10 washers and dryers available to the community. This service is for our neighbors and unsheltered friends throughout the Harbor Area who do not have their own washer and dryer. We invite you to tumble down to our campus on First and Grand in San Pedro to use our facility. Laundry services are limited and expensive, creating a wrinkle in the budget with families often paying $50 - $100 dollars per month to simply wear clean clothes. We want to wash away these costs by creating this affordable service.

Watts

Watts Video Announcement

Five Pillars of Success Program, Operation Progress Student Assistance Foundation CAL, $100,000

  • We are asking for funding to support our Five Pillars of Success program, which consists of academic support, after-school programs, and mentorship by LAPD Officers and Professional civilians. Throughout the academic year, Scholars meet with OP’s academic case managers (how frequently depends on Scholar’s need) to set goals and stay on track to achieve the 3.0 GPA requirement. Each semester, Scholars participate in at least two expanded learning programs after school that are tailored to their age, interests, and academic needs and that teaches them life skills that are not taught in a traditional school setting

BEAST Watts, East Side Riders Bike Club, $100,000

  • Respectfully requested funding from the Buscaino Community Grants Program would be applied to support ESRBC’s BEAST, Feed The Hungry, and Clean Watts programs by enabling the organization to serve upwards of 450 BEAST participants, feed an additional 1,000 participants, over the grant period, continue its 15 community service days and expand to include a community youth employment program, over the duration of the grant period. Each program and its impact is further described.

WATTS GARDEN CLUB APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING FOR US DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL TRADE, Watts Garden Club/SACOP, $70,000

  • Certified by the DOL, We bring training and employment to Watts, California. Starting in 1975, The Watts Garden Club has successfully installed over 30,000 tiny Organic Gardens inside and outside the Housing Projects in Watts. We have expanded our Organic Ag Advocacy into US Global Trade, with Washington's US Commercial Service, WUSATA, PROSPER AFRICA, and the USMCA.

Fostering Resilience and Building Community through Professional Mentoring Services, Friends of the Children - Los Angeles (Friends LA), $75,000

  • Friends of the Children – Los Angeles (Friends LA) respectfully requests $75,000 to support our long-term professional mentoring model that provides wraparound support to 356 children and parents in LA County, 244 of whom reside in the 15th district. Friends LA pairs children facing the greatest challenges with a professional mentor (a “Friend”) who stays with them for 12+ years - no matter what. Friends provide each child with 3-4 hours per week of 1:1 support in the home, school, and community to develop healthy social-emotional skills and improve educational success.

A Flower Pot of Resources, Lend A Ear, $30,000

  • A flowerpot of resources is intended to beautify the Watts, CA neighborhood by adding color, plants, and readily available resources attached for anyone who needs it. Our volunteers and individuals within the community will help with the upkeep of the flowers. The resource materials will cover an array of opportunities and tools and will be updated on a weekly basis.

Connections, a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Program for Watts Youth (calibrate.earth), Calibrate, $50,000

  • Our 501(c)(3), Calibrate® (calibrate.earth), proposes to implement a social-emotional learning (SEL) program, Connections®, for Watts youth, starting with Imperial Courts. Our proposal encompasses 3 aspects: 1) Facilitating weekly youth Connections (48 sessions); 2) Training adults working with youth at their schools and organizations in Watts, to become Connections (SEL) facilitators, and partnering with them to establish Connections programs at their sites; 3) Collecting and sharing data on youth participants’ responses.

Angel Fund, Watts Labor Community Action Committee, $100,000

  • WLCAC aims to reinvigorate our local economy by helping local individuals with one-time emergency payments and connecting them to resources for self-sufficiency. Many residents in Watts missed opportunities to receive first-come, first-served COVID-19 relief payments, and are not benefiting from available assistance. WLCAC will invite 250 of our Watts neighbors who have not received Angeleno cards and are not enrolled in any City social services programs to receive one-time Angel Funds of $400 each. These completely flexible funds will help individuals and families buy food, repair cars, pay rent and utility bills, cover childcare so they can work, and pay for medical bills, school costs, court fees, and so many other essential needs.

Educational Justice Through a College Degree for 250+ Watts Youth, College Track, $50,000

  • From ninth grade through college graduation, our program provides 279 (and growing) Watts high school and college students with academic, financial, and social-emotional support along with holistic growth opportunities as they make their way towards earning a bachelor’s degree and prosperous adult lives thereafter. Resources include: one-on-one and group tutoring, academic coaching, career exploration, financial aid navigation, scholarships, social-emotional wellness counseling with trained counseling and social work professionals, and support applying to, choosing, and ultimately graduating from college.

Finish First Academy Youth Financial and Physical Fitness Training, Finish First Academy, $75,000

  • Finish First Academy’s Financial Literacy training is provided weekly (currently via Zoom, with potential for in-person once it is safe to do so), and is designed to enable all youth to reach a higher level of personal finance knowledge and security. The training addresses a variety of key financial literacy topics, including budgeting, banking, loans, and credit cards, and interest. The curriculum also introduces concepts related to entrepreneurship, encouraging youth to envision potential entrepreneurial opportunities while helping them understand the resources needed and available for starting a business. To further encourage entrepreneurship, Finish First Academy hosts a weekly Entrepreneur’s Club (currently via Zoom, with potential for future in-person sessions), designed to create opportunities for students to tap into their creativity and interests to build their own businesses.

Beauty Behind the Bricks - Breaking Generational Struggles Initiative, Beauty Behind the Bricks, $100,000

  • BBB proposes to address homelessness through “Project Uplift”. Project Uplift is an initiative aimed to address the roots of homelessness firsthand. We will focus on individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Watts. These individuals and families reside in mobile homes and tents from 97th Street to 90th Street. BBB plans to assist with obtaining identification documents such as Identification Card, Driver’s Licenses, Birth Certificates, and Social Security Card. These documents are vital for applying for housing assistance and other government and nongovernmental organization (NGO) programs. BBB plans to open a P.O. Box at a local Post Office for individuals experiencing homelessness to have their documents sent there. BBB will host events to uplift individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Events will include operation clean-up, monthly laundry day, grocery distribution, hygiene distribution, and holiday meals.

WOW Community Youth Services, Women of Watts and Beyond, $100,000

  • Women of Watts and Beyond (WOWB) seeks to provide comprehensive wraparound services to school-age children and youth from grades K-12 and resource/referral assistance to persons experiencing homelessness with linkages to transitional, interim, shelter, or permanent housing.

Rebuilding Connections for Youth in Foster Care, Peace4Kids, $50,000

  • Peace4Kids provides programs, services, and supports to over 200 youth in foster care in South Los Angeles. For over 20 years, our youth have co-created their own “community as family” with others who share their lived experience and through trusted relationships with volunteers and staff. Our proposal seeks to rebuild, reestablish, and redefine connections for youth in foster care following the events of this last year.

STREAM, Watts Community Core, $100,000

  • WCC believes in the expansive potential of the youth and families of Nickerson Gardens. In 2020 we made history by launching the first STREAM program as a part of our WCC education initiative. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Robotics/Reading, Engineering, Arts/ Athletics, and Math. Students are immersed in an after-school program that expands their minds, engages their creativity, and inspires innovation. Our focus is to introduce the youth to a range of different subjects that they can develop confidence in now for future careers in those academic areas later. By investing in youth early on, we are setting entire families up for success.

Rental Relief Outreach, Watts/Century Latino Org., $100,000

  • We are asking for $100,000 to rapidly organize (paid) teams of residents to go door-to-door and bring residents who are and aren’t normally engaged in community activities to the table. From there, maintain regular in-person and virtual workshops to cover keep residents up to date on any changes of post-moratorium rules and procedures and teach them how to address this post-pandemic issue with confidence. This intensive outreach effort will be followed by a series of informative, bilingual, workshops on how to cover/ pay back any back rent accumulated during the pandemic, what can and can’t your landlord do, how long do you have to pay it back, etc. As well as the ins and outs of AB 1482. We also want to use these funds to cover additional office hours for one-on-one rental counseling to provide additional guidance to those who are not as familiar or confident navigating the system.

Wilmington 

Wilmington Video Announcement

The Great Summer Comeback, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor, $60,000

  • With the grant funds, we will provide full scholarships to 200 well-deserving kids from the Wilmington Community who need this opportunity. The program will be based out of our Wilmington Boys & Girls Club and Mahar House Boys & Girls Club locations and will run for 8 weeks, providing 400 hours of summer enrichment.

Wilmington Grows Green Community Space, Wilmington Middle School STEAM Magnet, $25,000

  • Wilmington Middle School STEAM Magnet community project plan, Wilmington Grows Green Community Space, plans to improve the current 32 plot spaces and build up underutilized land to serve as a multifunctional space to mitigate the environmental justice issues impacting both our school and community.

Banning High School Weight Room Transformation, Banning High School Booster Club, $75,000

  • Our goal is to provide the Banning High student-athletes with a safe environment to work out and build self-confidence. It is well deserved to get a make-over for their weight room. Banning High has a big athletic department with many athletes who access the weight room before, during, and after school. The weight room has never been updated and a lot of the equipment is broken and unsafe to use.

Wilmington Juniors Youth Soccer Proposal, LA Monsters Sports Academy, Inc., $50,000

  • In order to address the economic disparity that exists in the club soccer world because of the pay to play model that exists in club soccer where an athlete must pay $2,000 to $3,000 a year, we propose that we support the Wilmington Juniors a local soccer organization within the Wilmington area that keeps the cost of playing competitive soccer down to affordable amount. The Wilmington Juniors has been active in the community for the last 35 years providing organized competitive soccer. Specifically, our plan helps subsidizes the cost of allowing players who are traditionally unable to afford club soccer fees the chance to realize their dream of playing in the National Premier Soccer League.

Green Space Fitness Area, Wilmington Park Elementary School, $50,000

  • Green Space Fitness Area will transform our existing playground into multi-functional school grounds designed for students, teachers, parents, and community members to learn explore and grow. This shared outdoor space will provide the entire school community opportunities for outdoor hands-on learning and physical fitness activities. 

Imagine Wilmington, Avalon Arts and Cultural Alliance, $90,000

  • Our proposal is to beautify our community with works of art both designed and painted by local artists. The largest portion of our project will be a mural on the 110 Freeway underpass at Figueroa and Pacific Coast Highway. The history and spirit of Wilmington lay within the people. The next portion of the beautification project will be to paint the roll-down shutters on businesses along Avalon Blvd. from I Street to Anaheim. The budget will cover up to 16 roll-down gates. This project will also be geared toward the development of youth who show a great interest in mural work. The last portion of the project will be to design and paint 3 Parklets on Avalon Blvd. The parklet designs will represent and tie in with the theme of the business. All parklets will be painted by local artists.

Wilmington Teen Center, Wilmington Teen Center, $60,000

  • The Wilmington Teen Center looks to keep the center and continue servicing the community by continuing to provide and expand its food and clothing distribution to alleviate the economic impact COVID-19 has had in the community. As COVID -19 restrictions are lifted, The Teen Center is looking to continue with its mission to provide disengaged youth not only with job readiness skills such as job coaching, resume and interview preparation skills, and computer literacy by engaging them thru boxing competitions, exhibitions and training. Part of the grant will be used to cover a stipend for a part-time Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for the recruitment, coordination and scheduling of volunteers needed to run the program.

Bringing New Life to Hawaiian Ave. Elementary, Hawaiian Ave Elementary School, $25,000

  • The Hawaiian Ave Beautification project, “Bringing New Life to Hawaiian Ave.”, aims to improve school and community climate and culture as our campus is in need of major renovations. Along with all of the changes needed to update our school, we will also implant beautiful plants and greenery to promote pride and community within our school. We will revitalize and redesign the space in front of our school by replanting grass, planting trees for shade and creating vibrant green spaces within our school grounds. In order for our school to maintain its green spaces, we will also need to install an irrigation system. This will help save water and support our school with a more efficient way to water the new landscaping for the school.

Banning High School Parkette, Banning High School, $80,000

  • Phineas Banning High School community project plan, “Banning High School Community Parkette”, plans to revitalize the current 6,000 square foot underutilized landscape located on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Avalon, into a multifunctional community park space for both the students and the community of Wilmington. This innovative multifunctional space will serve as a location for our school and community to develop a lifelong involvement with horticulture, creating healthy habits by implementing a Farmer’s Market, mental well-being, and educational workshops by embracing our relationships with current community organizations, such as the YMCA of Wilmington and Providence while beautifying our school and community into a safe, healthier, and environmentally friendly place for all the residents of Wilmington.

The Community Covid-Recovery Plan - Strengthening Working Families in Wilmington, The Career and Job Placement Center at LAHC, $35,000

  • Our proposal, titled The Community Covid-Recovery Plan – Strengthening Working Families in Wilmington, aims to address the job loss and basic needs insecurity experienced by our community families, through a series of industry-driven events in sectors where employers are hiring, leading to a community job and resource fair event in spring 2022. Our goal is to provide the community with three Industry Spotlight events in the late fall and summer (September thru June) featuring speakers from our local Chamber and industry partners.  This will culminate in a summer Job/Resource Fair.  Additionally, we plan to utilize Wilmington vendors for all aspects of the project - food services, equipment/facilities rentals - as support during these events, as well as soliciting local industry and employer partners as event presenters and speakers.