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FY19 Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits and Law Firms
for Pro Bono Legal Assistance to Immigrants

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District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM)

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Deadline Date:

08/13/18 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit community-based organizations and private law firms to offer pro bono legal services and other legal assistance for immigrants. This grant is intended to support programs providing targeted resources and services to the District’s immigrant population.

The FY 2019 Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant Program offers one-time grants of up to $150,000 to CBOs with a current and valid 501(c)(3) status, as well as private organizations, associations and law firms that plan to mobilize pro bono talent or skilled immigration attorneys and legal professionals in order to provide immigrant justice legal services.

Funding Areas:

This grant will fund the following activities:

1. Conduct Know Your Rights briefings and workshops;

2. Screen persons for possible legal relief; make appropriate referrals to pro bono or paid counsel; and provide brief legal consultations;

3. Legal Representation, on matters such as helping DC residents apply for green cards, converting green cards to citizenship, and making other affirmative USCIS filings; renewing DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protective Status) applications and work permits for DC residents, and executing legal strategies for persons whose DACA or TPS status is expiring; helping prepare affirmative and defensive asylum applications and providing legal representation at asylum interviews and/or hearings for DC residents; representing DC residents who are in removal proceedings, including by filing petitions of cancellation of removal, but who are not detained at the time representation begins; filing applications for S, T, U, Special Immigrant Juvenile visas and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions for DC residents or family members of DC residents.

4. Such briefings, screenings and representation in Activities 1-3 can also include legal preparedness and support for immigrant families and families supporting immigrants including protecting financial assets and custody for DC children in the face of potential deportation of parents or guardians; and providing legal help for family reunification efforts for families with at least one DC resident;

5. Capacity Building: Build non-profit organization capacity to provide continuing legal representation to Washington, DC immigrants, including by filing for “accredited representative” status and training and mentor pro bono attorneys to perform any of the activities funded by this grant.

6. Other permissible grant activities include: Help DC families provide foster homes, adopt or sponsor refugees and children from war-torn or crime-plagued countries;

7. Help immigrants conduct affairs through ITIN numbers, appeal licensing board denials based on international qualifications, and access health insurance and other public benefits for which they are eligible;

8. Structural litigation: File any lawsuits that may become necessary to challenge the use of DACA applications for finding or deporting undocumented persons; or lawsuits challenging other aspects of immigration law and practice that harm the interest of Washington, DC resident immigrants;

Note that the grant will not fund legal support for persons who are in detention.

Target Population:

The target population for these funds is immigrants of all ages who reside in the District of Columbia; and families of mixed immigration status with at least one family member in the District of Columbia.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184077

Number of Grants:

Up to 20 grants are expected.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $150,000

Term of Contract:

The grant award will be for a period not to exceed 12 months, with an earliest starting date of October 1, 2018 and a closing date of September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants shall meet the following conditions:

-Be a Community-Based Organization with a with a Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or evidence of fiscal agent relationship with a 501 (c)(3) organization; or be a private entity that is partnering with a 501 (c)(3) organization; or be a private entity that is mobilizing pro bono legal services or other professional legal help for immigrants;

-Serve the DC immigrant population;

-Be currently registered in good standing with the DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs, Corporation Division, and the Office of Tax and Revenue; and

-Conduct the program activities in Washington, DC.

*Private organizations, associations and law firms that plan to mobilize pro bono or affordably-priced legal talent may apply. Partnerships between immigrant-facing CBOs and organizations with expertise delivering legal services are highly encouraged, as are partnerships between private entities – such as law firms -- and 501(c)(3) CBOs.

Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a proven track record in the following areas:
-Success in meeting deliverables under previous IJLS grants
-Legal services delivery;
-Success for clients;
-Immigration law expertise; and
-Connections to and trust among DC immigrant populations.

Program funds cannot be used:
-For food expenditures
-For lobbying
-To cover any expenses made prior to the grant award (however, cases may have been initiated prior to this grant)
-To supplant (replace) funds from other grant sources

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants who have questions regarding the RFA are encouraged to attend one of the pre-bidders’
meetings. Pre-bidders’ meetings will be held on:

Thursday, July 26, 2018 (12 pm – 1:30 pm)
John A. Wilson Building - Press Room G9
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004

Tuesday, July 21st, 2018 (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm)
John A. Wilson Building - Press Room G9
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004

If you are unable to attend a pre-bidders’ meeting, you are encouraged to email your questions before Friday, Aug 3, 2018 at 5:00pm EST to Phuong Nguyen. Outside the pre-bidders’ meetings, EOM will only receive or answer questions related to this grant competition if they are in writing via e-mail. Due to the volume of inquiries and other administrative tasks, questions submitted after this date may not receive a response.

Questions and answers from the pre-bidders’ meetings will be posted online.

Pre-Application Information:

The inquiry period is July 23 - Aug 3, 2018.

The submission deadline is Mon, August 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST. Applications received after Friday, August 13, 2018 are automatically disqualified and will not be forwarded to the Review Panel for funding consideration. Any additions or deletions to an application, unless requested by the Grantor Agency, will not be accepted after Friday, August 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Please submit complete application through the online portal: ZoomGrants.

Award notifications will be released on or before September 21, 2018 through email using the grant application program, ZoomGrants.

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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.

Dory Peters
(202) 727-3120

Phuong Nguyen
(202) 727-3120

Office of Partnerships and Grant Services
One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW, 707 North, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-8900
Fax: (202) 727-1652

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