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Immigration Grants: Ensuring the Safety and Security of Immigrants

Grants to California Nonprofits to Protect
Immigrants in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

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Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations to promote the security, safety, and rights of immigrant communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate coordination and partnership between entities across the region.

Problem Statement:

Silicon Valley is a diverse region. More than one third of the 2.5 million residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are immigrants and more than two thirds of those younger than 18 are children of immigrants. Half of the workforce is foreign born. SVCF has made supporting immigrants one of its highest institutional priorities. The Foundation has helped thousands of immigrants in the region gain access to citizenship and legal services, and better economic opportunities through language acquisition.

Now more than ever, immigrants in local communities need support. They need to understand their rights, have access to reliable legal services, develop emergency family and financial plans, be protected from hate crimes and discriminatory practices, and be empowered to appropriately safeguard their personal information.

Grant Opportunity:

The intent of this grant opportunity is to support responsive projects that help ensure the safety and security of immigrants in local communities. Examples of such projects include but are not limited to:

-“Know Your Rights” campaigns that seek to partner with trusted community entities (schools, community centers, libraries, etc.) and aim to inform and empower vulnerable immigrant communities.
-Development and implementation of activities, protocols and procedures to keep all communities safe and secure as they face threats stemming from changes in immigration policies and practices.
-Addressing harassment and hate speech/crimes targeting immigrant and faith communities.
-Deportation defense and legal representation for immigrants facing removal proceedings.
-Preparedness plans for families, including childcare plans and financial contingency plans.
-Creating systems and literacy around digital security to safeguard information and data that could make immigrants vulnerable if the data were compromised or stolen.

In particular, SVCF will prioritize projects that demonstrate support and coordination with networks and entities across and within the region. This may include partnerships with schools, local law enforcement, health clinics, places of worship and other organizations working with and supporting immigrants and their families.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals for grants should include a narrative that responds to the questions listed above. Grant proposals will be evaluated, on a competitive basis, using the following criteria:

-Clarity of project description and project activities regarding steps to be taken to achieve desired outcomes.
-Achievable timeline that corresponds to the key activities.
-Meaningful benchmarks and indicators of success.
-Organizational capacity to implement project – including staffing, leadership and operational and fiscal management.
-Established track record in specific program content area or potential to achieve needed content expertise.
-Ability to leverage financial, human and technical resources leading to greater impact.
-Ability to contribute content area knowledge to the field.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182413

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant sizes will vary depending on the project and the grant term.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:

-San Mateo and/or Santa Clara county-serving organizations will be considered. Organizations headquartered outside the two-county region must demonstrate significant service to these areas to be considered, or be partnered with another organization based within the two core counties.

-Organizations must fall into one of the following categories: those 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 must 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 proposal for which they seek support attempts to address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due November 30, 2018.

Applicants may receive a site visit, telephone call and/or other type of communication from SVCF staff as part of the proposal review process.

Applicants requesting funding of $50,000 or more will be notified of decisions on a quarterly basis (February, June, September, December) after consideration by SVCF’s board of directors. Applicants that request less than $50,000 will be notified of decisions shortly after the proposal is reviewed and vetted for impact in the Foundation’s region.

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Contact Information:

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

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Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties