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Redwood City receives $10K grant from National League of Cities

The grant will help the city expand its economic mobility efforts.
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The City of Redwood City announced that it has been selected to participate in the Advancing Economic Mobility Rapid Grant program.

Redwood City was one of eight municipalities chosen by the National League of Cities (NLC) to take part in the program.

As part of the initiative, the City will receive a $10,000 grant. The purpose of the NLC funding is to provide support to local programs that are designed to bolster the economic situations of residents in-need.

The City says that it will be using the funding to support its Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leadership (IDEAL) program, which aims to help create a fair and safe city full of opportunity for everyone in the community, regardless of identity, background or income.

Through the program, the City says that the grant funding will bolster the economic mobility advancement efforts of several community-based organizations.

Activities in the works include job fairs, youth outreach related to employment needs, along with the first-stage of research regarding Redwood City’s economic mobility plan, according to the City.

“This grant is a great example of the City’s creativity in funding programs that improve economic vitality in Redwood City,” said Redwood City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz.

“Grants help us stretch City funds, a critical effort as we face budget deficits. For all Redwood City residents to thrive, we need to increase economic mobility efforts.”

The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization in America. The advocacy organization represents municipal governments across the whole country.

In addition to the grant funding, Redwood City and all of the other selected municipalities will also receive coaching from NLC, along with educational opportunities via NLC’s Economic Mobility Peer Network.

NLC will present grant implementation updates from Redwood City during an Economic Mobility Convening, which is scheduled to take place prior to the organization’s summit conference in Atlanta this upcoming November.

For more information about Redwood City’s IDEAL program, head over to

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