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Immigration Litigation Fund (ILF)

Grants to USA Public-Interest Legal Groups and
CBOs to Protect the Civil Rights of Immigrants

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Funding Source:

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Borealis Philanthropy

Deadline Date:

06/01/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA public interest legal groups and community-based organizations for efforts that promote social change and create public policy. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Priority funding is intended for litigation efforts that are connected to, and coordinated with, immigrant communities and organizations. Due to the current economic and health crisis related to COVID-19, ILF grants awarded will be general operating grants rather than project grants.

Borealis asks that applicants to the ILF continue to request support for specific impact litigation projects focused on immigration enforcement issues but will provide grant dollars in the form of general operating support to allow organizations maximum flexibility to respond to changing and unforeseen needs and circumstances, that arise during the grant period.

The Fund supports litigation focused on ensuring the rights of immigrants are protected and promoting greater fairness and accountability in the nation’s immigration enforcement system. The ILF is currently providing support for funding needs related to: 

  • Impact litigation focused on immigration enforcement issues; 
  • Convenings meant to advance coordination and strategy on an issue related to impact litigation efforts; 
  • Organizing and communications efforts that are related to impact litigation efforts.

ILF’s funding will prioritize impact litigation projects focused on challenging immigration enforcement issues.   The ILF will consider litigation projects that challenge immigration enforcement issues that include but are not limited to:

  • COVID-19’s impact on immigration enforcement;
  • Customs and Border Protection accountability;
  • FOIA litigation;
  • Exclusions to entry based on religion, region, or other factors;
  • Efforts that limit or restrict refugee admissions; 
  • Efforts to expand the use of expedited removal; 
  • Immigration detention including conditions of confinement; 
  • ICE raids in workplaces or other locations;
  • Local and state law enforcement cooperation with ICE or Border Patrol;
  • Use of state and local government databases to identify deportable immigrants; 
  • Prosecution for “illegal” entry or re-entry;
  • Access to counsel; 
  • Withholding of state or federal funding to cities, campuses, or other locations that fail to cooperate with deportation efforts; 
  • Limits on asylum or other programs that provide protection from persecution, violence, torture, or disasters including but not limited to Withholding of Removal, CAT, and TPS; and
  • Challenges to criminal convictions as grounds for deportation or removal.

For additional information about funding priorities, see: https://borealisphilanthropy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020-ILF-Funding-Priorities.pdf#page=1

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184153

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants to the ILF can request up to $75,000 in funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Both public interest legal groups and community-based organizations are encouraged to apply if they are engaged in current or proposed litigation efforts.

Current ILF grantees can only apply if their current grant ends before or on June 1, 2020 and they submit their final grant report by June 1, 2020.

The ILF will not consider funding applications from law school clinics or private attorneys.

Pre-Application Information:

The next ILF application deadline is June 1, 2020.

To be considered for funding, applicants must first speak with a Borealis staff person to discuss their project. Applicants must set up a call with Borealis staff between April 15 and May 22, 2020. Based on the call, applicants will be invited to submit a proposal online via the grant portal by the June 1, 2020 application deadline. Applications submitted to the website, without first scheduling a call, will not be considered for funding.

Applicants who submit proposals by the June 1, 2020 deadline will be notified about whether or not their project will be funded by July 1, 2020. Projects that are approved for funding will receive their grant awards by July 30, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://borealisphilanthropy.force.com/FGM_Portal__CommunitySignin

To schedule a call with Borealis staff, please send an email to ilf@borealisphilanthropy.org with days and times you are available for a call.

If you have previously applied for or received a Borealis grant please contact the Grants Management Team at grants@borealisphilanthropy.org.

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