Monday, October 5, 2009

Chevron to give $1 million in grants to nonprofits that create job opportunities for locals

RICHMOND — Nonprofit groups that offer job training and create job opportunities primarily for Richmond residents can apply for $1 million worth of grants this month.
Chevron is giving five to 10 grants totaling $1 million this year and is accepting requests for proposals until 5 p.m. Oct. 30. For the application packet and questions, e-mail Heather Kulp at Heather.Kulp@chevron.com.
The new economic self-sufficiency program aims to improve Richmond residents' quality of life, said Chevron Richmond refinery spokesman Brent Tippen. It will focus on funding job training and capacity support to small and medium enterprises.
"We are answering a need that the community says they need, which is job skills and opportunities for livable-wage jobs," Tippen said.
The grant funding is not a replacement of the community benefits agreement, Tippen said. That agreement was derailed in July when a court order halted construction at the refinery. The oil company's project was to replace old equipment to refine a wider range of crude. A judge concluded the environmental impact report for the project was inadequate and stopped work until questions are resolved.

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