The Children’s Support League of the East Bay (CSL) provides grants to nonprofit agencies serving children in need
in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

In 2015, CSL gave $130,000 to 16 agencies for the programs described below.


Child Advocacy/Crisis Intervention

CASA of Contra Costa County: Advocates for children in the court system, particularly in foster care, by training community volunteers to be their “voice” and to provide mentoring. 

Child Abuse Prevention of Contra Costa: Teaches parenting skills to low-income, Spanish-speaking new mothers, with emphasis on safety, health and nutrition.

Family Paths (Alameda County)Treatment, Intervention and Prevention Services, addressing the needs of Survivors of Urban Trauma.

Youth Alive (Alameda County): Effectively interrupts the high-risk behavior of children at risk killing and injuring one another. The Teens-on-Target program trains young people as leaders and peer educators who teach violence prevention workshops and promote policies to save lives.


Special Needs

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation (BORP) (Alameda County): Advances the lives of children with physical disabilities through sports and recreational activities.

Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) (Alameda County): Provides children with physical and/or developmental challenges the opportunity to experience aquatic activities.


Educational Support

*Build in Business to Learn (Alameda County): Equips 800 Oakland High School Students, many at risk, to experience building a business, profits, and hopefully seek out a higher education.

*Camp Phoenix (Alameda County): Campers receive individualized attention every morning in common core aligned math and literacy groups with a 3 to 1 camper to staff ratio, ensuring that none of them are falling susceptible to “summer learning loss”.

Contra Costa Youth CouncilOffers tutoring for incarcerated boys ages 13 to 18, to master the academic skills to succeed upon release.

*Experience Corp Bay Area (Alameda County): Engage adults 50+ to build relationships with children in grades K-3 to produce outstanding literacy results and more involved community members.

Faith Network of the East Bay:  Improves the reading skills of 1st and 2nd graders through one-one tutoring during school hours, library support, and home literacy.



Shelters and Shelter Programs

Building Futures for Women and Children:   Offers mentoring services to children living in shelters through educational advocacy, connections to needed healthcare services, therapeutic group activities, parental education and support, and individual and family counseling.

WDDC (Women’s Daytime Drop In Center):  As an integral part of a day program for homeless women, provides children with age appropriate educational and therapeutic play activities, essential educational materials, opportunities for greater positive social interaction with other children, and assistance with enrollment in preschool programs.

Winter Nights: Provides a safe haven at night for homeless families with children, working collaboratively with churches and local groups who provide food, shelter and transportation to keep families until they find sustainable housing.


Therapy/Counseling/Supportive Services

Family Support Services of the Bay Area (Alameda County): Builds on the strengths of children and families by providing child care, family preservation, kinship support, kinship youth programs and mentoring services for children of incarcerated parents.

George Mark Children’s House: Dedicated independent pediatric palliative care programs for children with life-limiting illness, including provision of specialized training for end of life health care providers.


*New Recipient