The Starbucks Foundation’s 2019 Opportunity for All Grants


The Starbucks Foundation has a more than 20-year history of investing in communities across the U.S. and globally. Through Opportunity for All grants, The Starbucks Foundation helps support organizations creating pathways to lifelong opportunity and programs, which create job and training opportunities for people who may face barriers.

In 2019, the Foundation awarded $1.4 million in Opportunity for All grants to 63 programs and organizations ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 per grant. Additionally, Starbucks partners (employees) can engage and volunteer with the grant recipients to help further their work in local communities. Since the Opportunity for All grants program launched in 2017, The Starbucks Foundation has provided a total of $4.1 million in grants.

Following are the 2019 Opportunity for All grant recipients:

Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), Houston, TX

$30,000 grant to provide skills training and meaningful work experiences for disconnected youth.

Beautiful Day, Providence, RI

$20,000 grant to provide refugee youth with kitchen and farmer’s market training.

Boston Private Industry Council, Boston, MA

$30,000 grant to assist supervisors, coaches, and teachers in helping young adults articulate the skills learned in a first job position and demonstrate their competencies and leadership.

The Bridge for Youth, Minneapolis, MN

$20,000 grant to give youth the opportunity to work and gain skills in apprenticeship positions and then advance to off-site employment.

Center on Halsted, Chicago, IL

$20,000 grant to reduce poverty within the LGBTQ community and increase diversity and inclusion in the workforce through a culinary training program.

The Choice Program at UMBC, Adelphi, MD

$20,000 grant to provide job and life skills training, coaching, and job placement services for youth.

City Year Detroit, Detroit, MI

$10,000 grant to support AmeriCorps members in nuturing a positive learning environment for students academic achievement and development.

City Year Memphis, Memphis, TN

$30,000 grant to support AmeriCorps members in leading students through employability and social-emotional skills development workshops for college and career readiness.

City Year Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

$10,000 grant to support AmeriCorps members as tutors, mentors and role models who make a difference for students in low-performing schools.

City Year New York, New York, NY

$25,000 grant to provide leadership and career development to prepare AmeriCorps members to be exemplary leaders in the classroom and beyond.

City Year Orlando, Orlando, FL

$25,000 grant to support learning and development training for AmeriCorps members focused on service delivery and workforce development.

City Year Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

$50,000 grant to provide training to staff around diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and support AmeriCorps members in service delivery.

City Year Seattle King County, Seattle, WA

$20,000 grant to support the training and professional development of AmeriCorps members to positively impact  students’ academic and personal outcomes.

College Track, Los Angeles, CA

$30,000 grant to empower students from underserved communities to graduate and unlock career success.

Community Empowerment Association, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

$25,000 grant to support a workforce development and training program for local youth.

Dress for Success Denver, Denver, CO

$20,000 grant to prepare women residing in residential reentry centers for jobs, career expansion and leadership development.

Feeding Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL

$10,000 grant to provide job skills, industry certifications, and employment connections in culinary arts, logistics, and transportation sectors to individuals facing barriers.

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, McAllen, TX

$17,160 grant to support training and work opportunities for second chance trustees, seniors, and special needs youth in south Texas.

Friends of Refugees, Clarkston, GA

$25,000 grant to narrow the gap in college and career readiness for refugee youth through a green technology project.

Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region, Tacoma, WA

$25,000 grant to provide job training, placement and career advancement support for youth and adults and provide career exposure in the food and coffee service industry.

Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago, IL

$30,000 grant to impact unemployed and underemployed individuals through skills and life training via a foodservice workforce training program.

Hearts to Nourish Hope, Riverdale, GA

$20,000 grant to support services and pathways to successful employment for youth and young adults interested in the trade and hospitality sectors.

Highline College Foundation, Des Moines, WA

$36,000 grant to increase career skill development and work experience opportunities for youth with disabilities.

Hillsides, Los Angeles, CA

$30,000 grant to support youththrough a  job readiness course, vocational education, internships and culinary apprenticeships.

Home of the Innocents, Louisville, KY

$10,000 grant to help young adults find and maintain permanent housing, seek and maintain employment, pursue educational opportunities and learn essential life skills.

EmployIndy, Indianapolis, IN

$35,000 grant to support Opportunity Youth through recreational activities, academic and educational skills, industry trainings, and referrals to job placements.

The Hope Program, Brooklyn, NY

$25,000 grant to provide soft and hard skills training, wraparound services, job placement, and career advancement programs for hard-to-reach youth.

International Institute of New England, Boston, MA

$25,000 grant to provide specialized vocational skills training and job-placement services to low-income immigrants and refugees.

International Rescue Committee San Diego, San Diego, CA

$40,000 grant to serve youth through work readiness training, paid internships, basic skills instruction and civic engagement and community service opportunities.

Jewish Social Service Agency, Rockville, MD

$10,000 grant to provide job readiness training, employment matching and soft skills development support to clients with disabilities.

JobTrain, Inc., Menlo Park, CA

$25,000 grant to provide low income youth with the career training, skills upgrades, academic support, and soft skills they need to succeed.

Junior Achievement of Northern California, Walnut Creek, CA

$10,000 grant to equip students with the skills needed to compete in high-demand, high-growth careers and provide them with opportunities to connect with various companies and mentors.

Junior Achievement of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

$15,000 grant to bring workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs to students from low to moderate-income households.

Junior Achievement of Washington, Spokane, WA, and Kootenai County, ID

$25,000 grant to ensure the participation of  youth in  transformative high school leadership programs.

Kupu, Honolulu, HI

$25,000 grant to prepare Youth for entry into the workforce and increase sustainable employment and self-sufficiency through professional development and hands-on job training.

Liberty’s Kitchen, Inc., New Orleans, LA

$30,000 grant to build the interpersonal, professional, and leadership skills of young adults through a hospitality-based program.

The Matthews House, Fort Collins, CO

$25,000 grant to teach youth the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment alongside social emotional skills and resiliency to foster independent living.

Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK

$20,000 grant to equip adults in recovery with transferable skills and barista training while eliminating barriers to future employment.

Mile High Youth Corps, Denver, CO

$15,000 grant to support outreach and activities to engage Opportunity Youth in programs that offer real work experience, develop technical and soft skills, and promote self sufficiency

Monument Crisis Center, Concord, CA

$25,000 grant to provide career readiness and life skills education and hands-on job training for underserved individuals.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas, NV

$20,000 grant to support employment and wraparound services for unaccompanied homeless youth.

New Avenues for Youth, Portland, OR

$10,000 grant to provide job training and employment services for youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

Opportunity Village, Las Vegas, NV

$20,000 grant to provide pre-vocational training to help unemployed individuals with disabilities obtain community-based jobs.

PACE Center for Girls Broward, Wilton Manors, FL

$25,000 grant to provid girls employability skills and hands-on career development opportunities.

Prodigy Ventures Inc, Denver, CO

$20,000 grant to offer apprenticeships that help low-income and disconnected young adults secure meaningful, sustainable employment and experience economic mobility.

Refoundry, Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY

$15,000 grant to provide a craft and entrepreneurship program to employ and train people from justice-impacted communities.

Salt Lake Neighborhood Housing Services, Salt Lake City, UT

$10,000 grant to provide pre-employment training and life skills coaching to Opportunity Youth .

The Support Group, Chicago, IL

$10,000 grant to help improve career and technical work skills, college readiness, and employment experience of young adults.

Tarrant Area Food Bank, Fort Worth, TX

$20,000 grant to deliver culinary arts job training for low-income individuals to benefit emergency food organizations.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, San Antonio, TX

$25,000 grant to provide military spouses with career development and networking opportunities.

United Way Bay Area, San Francisco, CA

$25,000 grant to increase opportunities for disconnected youth to get connected to education and employment.

United Way of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

$25,000 grant to help youth start on a path to a sustainable career in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathemetics, from gaining employability skills to obtaining employment.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

$30,000 grant to help individuals experiencing and exiting homelessness in re-entering the workforce and retaining long-term employment.

Upwardly Global, New York, NY

$35,000 grant to support unemployed refugee professionals with the training, one-on-one coaching, and social capital needed to  successfully navigate a professional U.S. job search.

Urban Farming Institute, Mattapan, MA

$20,000 grant to provide local neighborhood residents training to become small commercial urban farmers and gain employment in the food industry.

Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Roxbury, MA

$25,000 grant to redesign a retail pathway program so that it focuses on career-readiness and leadership skillsets applicable to virtually any industry.

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Seattle, WA

$25,000 grant to provide job readiness and soft skills training, construction certifications and wraparound support.

Youth Empowerment Project, New Orleans, LA

$10,000 grant to provide youth with valuable employment readiness training.

Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Cleveland, OH

$20,000 grant to support a program focused on career development, employability, life and leadership skills for youth who come from high poverty communities and low performing schools.

YouthBuild Boston, Roxbury, MA

$20,000 grant to provide youth with work experience and access to vocational training necessary to attain industry recognized credentials.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

$25,000 grant to provide postsecondary employment opportunities for participants with special needs..

YouthCare, Seattle, WA

$20,000 grant to provide job training, retail and culinary preparation skills development, and support services to homeless youth.

YWCA Western New York, Buffalo, NY

$14,450 grant to prepare high school students through academic, health and wellness, college and career readiness, life skills-development and work and community service opportunities.