Focus on Economic Opportunity and Equity

The City's Wellbeing Index revealed that many of residents are facing economic challenges. 1 in 4 residents is living paycheck to paycheck or struggling to get by financially, facing worries about paying their rent or mortgage. 49% say their job is very stressful, and 60% don't think there is enough opportunity here for their children to be able to afford to live here when they are adults.

While many of these issues require big solutions, microgrants focused on Economic Opportunity can help in small ways that have a big impact – they pay for skills training to increase options for better employment, kickstart a new business, or provide the basics needed to create a co-op with community members that provides the services you need at no cost at all.

Microgrants 2019

Wellbeing Microgrants - 2019

Microgrants have been awarded for the second round of the City of Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Microgrants program!

Out of 14 total applications, these six projects were selected. In creative and exceptional ways, they each focus on aspects of economic opportunity including start ups, financial literacy, and small business support. Selection was based on the Evaluation Criteria listed on the application.

 

 

 

Marco Marin - Buy Pico Campaign

Marco Marin - Buy Pico Campaign

Buy Pico Campaign will help connect small businesses in the Pico neighborhood to resources and new business, and will be an inflection point to create the reaction of economic development.

Project Dates To Be Announced

Monika Armendariz - Bring the Community Together Wednesdays

Monika Armendariz - Bring the Community Together Wednesdays

This series will bring people together to learn the skills and techniques of jewelry-making. Attendees will learn how to make and sell their own jewelry products to generate extra income and give back to local small businesses. Check out the flyer here for more information!

Project Dates: Wednesdays, June 12 through September 25, Virginia Avenue Park Patio Room, 6-8pm.

Inés Garcia - Oaxacan Craft Business

Inés Garcia - Oaxacan Craft Business

The goal of this Microgrant project is to demonstrate and share traditional Oaxacan culture with the Pico neighborhood community of Santa Monica, through selling traditional products.

Project Dates To Be Announced

Kimberley Herron - Beauty Supply Store/Hair Parlor

Kimberley Herron - Beauty Supply Store/Hair Parlor

To help bridge needs in the community, this one day event will include a pop up Beauty Supply Store/Hair Parlor bringing barbers, hair stylists, and community together

Project Dates: August 31st, September 28th, October 26th, Virginia Avenue Park Thelma Terry Room

Somya Munjal - Building Humble Confidence Through Economic Empowerment

Somya Munjal - Building Humble Confidence Through Economic Empowerment

This project will share simple business skills, tools for socioeconomic empowerment, and leadership for John Adams Middle School students, and will challenge young peoples’ mindsets through listening skills and building empathy.

Project Date: September 3rd, John Adams Middle School

Linda Myers - Money and Financial Improvement Classes

Linda Myers - Money and Financial Improvement Classes

Learn about improving your financial and money wellness (including credit) and how to implement the knowledge that has been gained.

Project Dates To Be Announced