Fund for New Citizens Grant Apps Due July 3, 2019

Posted on June 5, 2019

2019 Request for Proposals

The Fund for New Citizens in The New York Community Trust is committed to helping immigrant-led nonprofits advocate for pro-immigrant policies and provide critical services and support to immigrants in New York City. Since it was started in 1987, the Fund has awarded more than $25 million in grants to help local immigrants and the organizations that work on their behalf.  For the past two years, New York City’s immigrants have weathered an onslaught of anti-immigrant federal policies, including the threatened termination of Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, new restrictions on asylum-seekers, reductions to refugee admissions, and a ban on travel from some majority-Muslim countries. The proposed “public charge” rule, although fairly limited in scope, is likely to depress utilization of vital health and social services. Similarly, a heavily litigated plan to add a question about citizenship to the census is expected to have a profound chilling effect on immigrant participation. And although the local and State policy outlook is brighter, escalating immigration enforcement—deportations are up by more than 150 percent in the City, and the number of new deportation cases is at an all-time high—has generated considerable fear and anxiety among local immigrants, and left many even more vulnerable to exploitation. Against this backdrop, the Fund is inviting local, immigrant-led nonprofits to submit proposals of up to five pages in length for capacity-building and advocacy projects that respond directly to the current immigration policy environment. Electronic copies of proposals are due to The Trust’s grants portal by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 3, and hard copies must be postmarked by Monday, July 8. (look under the “Respond to an RFP” tab for “Fund for New Citizens 2019 Request for Proposals”)