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Day of action focuses on CT undocumented's healthcare needs; 7 jurors seated in first Trump criminal trial; ND looks to ease 'upskill' obstacles for former college students; Black Maternal Health Week ends, health disparities persist.

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'GreenLatinos' offers $1 million in grants for green spaces in L.A.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024   

Up to $1 million in grants are up for grabs in Los Angeles for local groups to build or expand community parks, gardens and green spaces.

The Bezos Earth Fund awarded the grant to the nonprofit GreenLatinos through its Greening America's Cities initiative. GreenLatinos will now distribute the funds to local community groups who can apply starting Feb. 27.

Jonathan Fajardo, California community advocate for GreenLatinos in Los Angeles, said the idea is to fight environmental inequalities perpetuating systemic health and economic injustice.

"We're looking especially to uplift projects that are creating access to healthy organic foods, like urban gardens and community farms, true communal spaces," Fajardo outlined.

A July 2022 study from the University of Southern California found almost a quarter of households in Los Angeles were food insecure over the prior year, with low-income households headed by young Latina adults hit the hardest.

A community group, called Mujeres de la Tierra - which means "Women of the Earth" - will use funding from the initiative to add native pollinator gardens, interpretive signage, shaded areas, and exercise equipment to Juntos Park in the Glassell Park area of Los Angeles. The project aims to promote community involvement and engagement.

Fajardo emphasized they are focused on funding projects springing from local community groups, rather than large public agencies.

"We're mainly looking towards nonprofits, especially grassroots and frontline organizations, community-based smaller organizations that are more addressing, at a hyperlocal level, urban greening and food access," Fajardo explained.

The Sustainable Cities Urban Greening Initiative is offering a similar program in Albuquerque and Chicago for a total of $2.7 million in grants. Groups can apply through the JustFund online grants portal. GreenLatinos also offers training to help groups write their proposals.

Disclosure: GreenLatinos contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Environmental Justice, Public Lands/Wilderness, and Water. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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