Putting public dollars to work.

REDF is a trusted broker in the field — developing strategic partnerships across sectors and influencing policy to promote public investment in employment social enterprise. In this current strategic period, REDF has helped to unlock over $200M in public sector dollars for the field.

REDF is a trusted broker in the field — developing strategic partnerships across sectors and influencing policy to promote public investment in employment social enterprise. Of recent note, REDF has helped to facilitate:

$170M

in funding from Caltrans to Butte County’s Back 2 Work program to provide jobs (and fuel apprenticeships) through contracting with ESEs.

$25M

in grants/technical assistance to ESEs from the state’s small business arm via CA:RISE.

$10M

in available funding for ESEs through California’s Employment Development Department.

$4.9m (22%)

of the available AB628 Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative directed to ESEs.

$1.3M

through the Santa Clara County Office of Diversion and Reentry to build the local ecosystem of ESEs.

We drive this traction through the following key areas:

Economic & Business Development

Unlocking public sector capital to spur economic growth and job creation

CA RISE

Launched in 2023, the California Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (CA RISE) marks the nation’s first statewide investment in employment social enterprises. CA RISE provides capital and capacity building to ESEs (and deepens their connection with the local ecosystem) to fuel economic mobility of their employees.

SCC:RISE

More than 30,000 people return home from incarceration each year in Santa Clara County. REDF has partnered with the Office of Diversion and Reentry Services to launch the Santa Clara County Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (SCC:RISE), widening access to jobs through the startup and growth of new enterprises.

Workforce Development

Creating opportunities within the workforce development ecosystem to build pathways to economic mobility

LA:RISE

The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) unites the City and County of Los Angeles workforce agencies with employment social enterprises to help people striving for a better future get the jobs, training, and support they need to build it. REDF serves as lead program manager.

WIOA

Funded by California Employment Development Department and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, REDF (alongside Third Sector Capital Partners and the California Workforce Association) leverages Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act dollars to provide ESEs capacity building to increase employee success.

Social Services

Promoting self-sufficiency amongst Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients through job training and career pathways

SNAP Employment & Training

‘SNAP Employment & Training providers’ ensure SNAP recipients get access to training, jobs, and support. Providers receive reimbursement for their costs enabling them to serve more people. REDF — in partnership with Seattle Jobs Initiative and Center for Employment Opportunities — provides technical assistance for ESEs interested in this opportunity.

Skill Up Los Angeles

Like SNAP, Skill Up partners (funded by CalFresh Employment & Training) ensure CalFresh recipients get access to training, jobs, and support — and partners receive reimbursement for their costs, enabling them to serve more people. REDF provides technical assistance to Skill Up partners.

Infrastructure

Scaling worker-centered sector programs that prepare the workforce for transportation and infrastructure opportunities

Back 2 Work

A partnership with Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) and Caltrans, Back 2 Work contracts with employment social enterprises to connect people with jobs and training, while helping to beautify California’s highways. REDF helped support the launch of this Caltrans partnership, and is a current partner of BCOE.