THE james irvinE foundation

So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project received a grant from The James Irvine Foundation to host five Indigenous Arts Gatherings for our local community. Indigenous Arts Gatherings are designed to empower the Indigenous community in Los Angeles to engage in experiential learning that fosters access, equity and inclusion through arts and storytelling from the fall of 2022 through the spring of 2023. In addition, this grant will contribute to our SSSP team by directly supporting organizational infrastructure, capacity building and leadership development so that we may continue to work in community. We will share more details about Indigenous Arts Gatherings soon!

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s grantmaking is committed to a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided more than $2.2 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $3.8 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $129 million in 2021.

For more information about The James Irvine Foundation, please visit: https://www.irvine.org/

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we are recipients of the dds grant 2020-2021

service access & equity grant from the department of developmental services

So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project (SSSP) has been awarded the Service, Access, and Equity Grant from The Department of Developmental Services for the fiscal year 2020-2021. The vision of this grant, as stated by DDS, “is to create transformational changes toward a culturally and linguistically competent developmental disabilities system, which reflects service quality and is responsive to the beliefs, values, attitudes, language, behaviors, and choices of the diverse individuals and their families who receive services.” 


Priority areas of focus are: 

  • Building leadership capacity to increase representation and voice in the developmental services system for self-advocates and families in diverse communities. 

  • Creating collaborative opportunities for connection and learning between individuals, families, service providers, and regional centers. 

  • Improving access to technology, to include training for self-advocates and families.


Learn more at www.dds.ca.gov/rc/disparities