Civic Action Network

Providing grants and gatherings for immigrant civic participation

Strengthening the participation and decision-making power of immigrant communities across California's Central Valley, the Civic Action Network (CAN) fosters the development of a diverse network of people and organizations to tackle local and regional problems.

 CAN brings immigrant, migrant, and refugee communities together through:

A grant-making program providing grassroots groups with resources to launch civic action projects in community education, citizenship, economic development, immigrant rights, cultural expression, and the creation of more responsive institutions.

Popular education gatherings, organized by the Pan Valley Institute, facilitating learning and building a CAN community.

Organizational and community development technical assistance coordinated by the California Institute for Rural Studies

Networking and skills development through a cadre of outreach specialists.

Today CAN celebrates:

  • More than 175 successfully granted and implemented civic action projects
  • Local outcomes include: A Cambodian radio program developed by the Khmer Society of Fresno to educate isolated community members on common health issues, a literacy curriculum developed by the Migrant Photography Project with farmworker women, leadership training for Hmong youth developed by The Hmong Student Intercollegiate Coalition
  • New skills, knowledge, experience, and partnerships developed among CAN groups


"Our CAN project helps people confront problems in their communities. We hold public forums to demonstrate to individuals that they have the ability to make changes."

Polo Chavez, Comite No Nos Vamos/Committee We Won't Go


"I am taking home new fund development skills and encouraging relationships that I plan to cultivate."

CAN gathering participant


A project of the Central Valley Partnership for Citizenship-engaging immigrants, migrants, and refugees in the civic life of California's Central Valley. Made possible with support from the James Irvine Foundation.

For more information about CAN, contact Eric Cohen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (415) 255-9499, x.264.

If you are interested in becoming a funding partner, contact Noe Paramo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (209) 499-8637.  Join us!

Our History

Since 1996, CVP partners have launched campaigns and implemented programs to assist migrants, immigrants, and refugees organizing to claim their rightful place in the civic, cultural, and economic life of the Valley. The CVP supports Valley communities working together to achieve social and institutional change - change that provides the opportunity for all who reside in the Valley to live in dignity and good health, participate fully in decisions that affect their lives, and assume the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in its broadest sense.