The Long Beach Community Foundation (LBCF) distributed $80,000 in funding Monday to 13 recipients in Phase 4 of the Leadership Long Beach Atlantic Corridor Project, popularly referred to as the Connected Corridor. Phase Four focuses on the Central to Downtown Long Beach areas. LBCF’s funding is supported by a transformational grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. With a mission to connect the Atlantic Corridor from the top of the town to downtown, Connected Corridor has now successfully completed the community grant awards in all four phases, which totals $320,000.
“We are pleased to support these grant awards in this final phase of the Atlantic Avenue Connected Corridor,” said Jim Worsham, LBCF’s president and CEO. “As we have seen in previous phases, the Phase 4 community is also actively engaged in this process of connecting and collaborating to transform their neighborhoods. We are confident these projects will have a significant impact in the community.”
Eric Leocadio, founder and executive director of the Catalyst Community, is a grant recipient who says he will use the funding to further strengthen his connections in the community. “Receiving a grant award from the Connected Corridor allows us to take the Catalyst Space to the next level of sustainability,” Leocadio said. “It enables us to maintain operations while freeing up resources to invest in empowering emerging leaders, and helping people to connect around shared interests.”