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First 5 LA


First 5 LA

First 5 LA is a unique child-advocacy organization created by California voters to invest tobacco tax revenues in programs for improving the lives of children in Los Angeles County, from prenatal through age 5. Its vision is to create a future throughout our communities where all young children are born healthy and raised in a loving and nurturing environment so that they grow up healthy, are eager to learn, and reach their full potential.

Community Opportunities Fund, 2011-2013

ICA-USA has a contracted relationship to implement the the Community Opportunities Fund (COF) Cycle Four Grantee Technical Assistance Project. Created and funded by First 5 LA, is a two and a half year effort to provide consulting and training support around organizational effectiveness and capacity building to 23 non profit organizations in Los Angeles County, California.

The Community Opportunities Fund supports organizational capacity building and policy and advocacy efforts by organizations serving the needs of children 0-5 and their families. The fund is intended to be flexible and responsive to the needs and creative ideas of community agencies as they strive to address and sustain outcomes identified by First 5 LA as key to the safety, health and readiness to learn of our youngest residents.

The COF grantees represent a wide array of organizations and projects throughout Los Angeles County. ICA’s consulting team of Kara Coleman, Aja Howell and Kate Mrgudic will provide support for successful project implementations through one-on-one technical assistance, in-person training opportunities, information dissemination, and webinars. Assistance will focus on grantee utilization of data from a baseline organization self assessment, The Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT), as well as the expressed needs identified within each organization’s COF proposal and feedback from grantee staff.









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