ARC is committed to making catalytic grants to start and grow organizations that seek to raise the living standards for communities who have been historically denied access to the ladders of success by creating job opportunities in low income and disadvantaged communities. Achieving this requires focusing our giving around three key themes where we believe the strongest impact will be felt.
Union Sponsored, pre-apprenticeship training programs
Union-Sponsored, Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs, implemented in cities across the country to recruit, train, and place community residents in careers in the Building Trades are proven tools for lifting program participants out of poverty into a career that pays a living wage. ARC supports existing training programs with a track record of success in HIT’s key markets and provides technical assistance, rooted in best practices, and startup funding for new programs in cities around the country with a pressing need for additional training opportunities. The programs will recruit those from backgrounds typically underrepresented in the building trades, including people of color and women and set program graduates on the path to greater economic stability.
NON-profit, affordable housing development
Non-Profit, Affordable Housing Development, is an effective vehicle for channeling capital into low-income communities. As the supply of affordable housing is increased, local communities see revitalization and valuable opportunities for on-the-job training are created. In particular, union-sponsored, non-profit housing development corporations have the added benefit of being directly linked with an organization with training dollars and capital to invest in projects.
community engagement and uplift
Community Engagement and Uplift encompasses ARC’s involvement in grassroots initiatives, many times driven by residents of the communities where HIT and Building America are making investments. Grantmaking in this program area helps fill the gaps for community-based organizations that are typically overlooked but are highly essential in providing critical community services. Within this program area, ARC focuses on programs, such as Road to Empowerment in Ferguson, MO, that connects residents to job-training and other emergency assistance, and Kingdom Kids, a free Saturday program for children living in one of the poorest neighborhoods of the Bronx.
If you feel the goals of your organization meet one or all of our focus areas please see our application below