The Community Economic Mobilization Initiative (CEMI) is a countywide grantmaking program to assist eligible organizations in building their knowledge and capacity to participate in upcoming local, state, and federal funding and planning opportunities.

CEMI is an innovative effort to advance equity, inclusion and the goals of federal and state climate-resilient economic development initiatives.

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CEMI Grantmaking

In partnership with The Center at Sierra Health Foundation’s Community Economic Mobilization Initiative (CEMI), San Joaquin Community Foundation and Edge Collaborative are launching a $1.6M countywide philanthropic grantmaking initiative. There will be three grant funding opportunities over the next few months to support organizational capacity building, project development, and engaging community leaders in preparing for public funding opportunities.

Upcoming CEMI Grant Opportunities

Round Three: Capacity Building Grant - UPCOMING

Round three of the CEMI grant will focus on project development, meaning orgs/partners applying should have identified projects in line with the public funding opportunities available. The vast majority of the public funding opportunities released thus far focus on advancing inclusive economic development, equity, workforce/jobs, a green economy, and/or improving climate infrastructure. More details to come in Early 2024.

Review Past CEMI Grant Opportunities

Grant One

Round One: Capacity Building Grant - CLOSED

Round One closed on December 1, 2023. See full listing of Grantees and information about the application process on the CEMI Round One Capacity Building Grant page.

Round Two: Developing Projects for Public Funding Grant - CLOSED

Grant is currently open and accepting RFPs through April 26, 2024. See full details by reviewing the Grant Two page, including webinar information, full PDF Grant Application and links to Online Grant Portal

San Joaquin Regional Collaborator Survey and FAQ Information

Additional Resources

For CEMI Specific visit The Center at Sierra Health Foundation Community Economic Mobilization Initiative website for additional information about the CEMI statewide initiative. In addition, resources for CEMI can be found at

Additional Resources for Finding Public Funding: Free Zoom Webinar, Friday, February 9th at 10:00 a.m. PST – Register Now

Send us an email for questions regarding the CEMI initiative or grant applications at