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Strengthening the Legal Services Infrastructure

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies for
Legal Immigration Services in the Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/07/17 5:00 PM


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Grants to California nonprofits and agencies for affordable and reliable immigration legal services in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. An informational session will be held on March 23, 2017. Funding is intended to support legal service providers and collaboratives that:

- Explore the prioritization of unmet immigrant legal needs and provide collaborative members the opportunity to build cross-county connections.
- Assess legal staff capacities to meet difficult immigration matters.
- Expand the number of BIA-accredited staff at legal organizations and/or legal service collaboratives.

In addition, SVCF will award grants to eligible applicants that:
- Develop and sustain partnership efforts through training, technical assistance, case reviews, coordinated communication, screening, information and referrals
and fund development activities.
- Maintain culturally competent baseline immigration legal services in the immigrant communities where the need is greatest.
- Help preserve the welfare of low-income immigrant children through legal representation.
- Respond to the changing immigration landscape while articulating realistic short-term, medium-term and long-term goals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152665

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average grant amount awarded in the 2016 grantmaking cycles was $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants will receive grants for a minimum of one year.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- San Mateo and/or Santa Clara county-serving organizations. Organizations headquartered outside the two-county region must demonstrate significant service to the area.

- Organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation, those that have a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) designation, public agencies, collaborations of nonprofit and public agencies, or other entities that have a designated charitable purpose.

- Organizations that do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, religious affiliation, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other protected status under applicable law. If an organization only serves a specific population, e.g., women or specific ethnic populations, SVCF will consider the proposal on a case-by-case basis.

- Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for funding only if the project for which they seek support attempts to address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational session will be held on March 23, 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Attending this session is recommended for new applicants interested in responding to this RFP. Because all grant applications must be submitted online, this session provides an overview of SVCF’s online application system. Additionally, information sessions provide an opportunity for applicants to review the RFP’s content in more depth and ask questions.

To RSVP, see Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

The RFP opens on March 13, 2017. Applicants will be informed of grant decisions in late June 2017.

Specific questions about program concepts, content, eligibility and evaluation can be addressed through phone calls and in-person meetings with the program officer, as time permits.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

RSVP for the information session:

Apply online:

Manuel Santamaria, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Grantmaking

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, California 94040-1498

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USA: California: San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

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