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California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a nonprofit public interest law firm with the mission to provide 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 (13 in the San Joaquin Valley and three in the Central Coast) and is providing multi-year sustainability-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

Phase 1 (2009-2012): $850,000
Phase 2 (current): $2 million

Program Details:
During Phase 1, California Rural Legal Assistance established the Fund for Rural Equity (FFRE) to serve as a long-term grantmaking and nonprofit support program. CRLA identified nine organizations for Fund for Rural Equity grants. These community grantees included Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce and Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos.

CRLA also partnered with CompassPoint, an established resource to nonprofits, to provide Executive Director 101 and Management 101 training to all grantees. In connection with another CLP Phase 1 intermediary, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), CRLA also facilitated peer support groups. CRLA’s nine grantees benefitted from financial resources as well as access to the management, planning and legal training that is often missing in the development of small nonprofits serving low-income people and communities of color. This approach was customized for each organization.

Now, in Phase 2, California Rural Legal Assistance is again partnering with ILRC to provide capacity-building support and general operating grants to 16 organizations in the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley, continuing and expanding the work of the Fund for Rural Equity.

Read more about the California Rural Legal Assistance program on our Highlights page.

Grantees Funded:
Phase 1 (2009-2012)

Phase 2 (current)

Project Launched: Summer 2009


Project Contact:
Michael Courville
(415) 777-2794 ext. 338