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The Foundationís Strong Local Economies Program seeks to foster just and sustainable communities that include a wide range of businesses and access to quality jobs throughout the United States. The Program aims to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. The Foundationís work is guided by a strong commitment to social justice and equity and this specific program seeks to accomplish that in one of three ways: business development and acceleration, equitable economic development, and job quality and career pathways. The Foundation also encourages applicants to create cross-cutting proposals that connect to the work of the Foundationís Sustainable Environments and Thriving Cultures programs. Generally, the Strong Local Economies Program does not fund: affordable housing development; community development projects unconnected to workforce or economic development strategies; capital projects; purchasing of equipment; neighborhood-based asset-building; and conference scholarships. The program also does not fund supportive, homeless, and re-entry/transition employment programs; education programs targeting K-12 students; individuals or academic fellowships; or micro-enterprises, micro-lending or workforce development efforts that are disconnected from a regional economic development strategy. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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