The Issue

The inability to speak English impacts the employability and civic engagement of immigrants in their local community, affecting parents’ level of engagement in their children’s schools and creating an inability to access better jobs and wages.

Our Approach

There simply aren’t sufficient resources for ESL services in Marin County. We see an opportunity to support quality and consistent ESL and literacy programs to the county’s most vulnerable and otherwise hardest to reach low-income immigrants.  We will support critical programs that provide ESL courses, and help develop stronger alignment between ESL providers, public schools, post-secondary institutions, and employers.


This initiative uses an invitation-only application process. The grant application cycle for 2018-20 is complete. The current roster of grantees appears below.

Current Grantees

Reports & Resources


For questions regarding this initiative, please contact

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Marcia Quiñones

Director for Education

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