MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. —Silicon Valley Community Foundation will begin making grants to nonprofit organizations that are working to help ensure the safety and security of local immigrants, the organization announced today.
“At a time when uncertainties about federal immigration policies are running high, this new funding opportunity will help organizations offer vital services, support and information to immigrants who are vulnerable or discriminated against,” said Emmett D. Carson, CEO and president of SVCF.
SVCF, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has made supporting immigrants one of its highest institutional priorities since its founding. Through the immigration-related grants it has made, SVCF has helped thousands of immigrants in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties gain access to citizenship and legal services, and better economic opportunities through language acquisition.
This is the first time SVCF has launched a grantmaking initiative focused on ensuring immigrants’ safety and security. Using a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, SVCF will accept grant proposals beginning on Monday, May 1, 2017. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. For those interested in applying, an informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. Register for the webinar.
The new initiative is a direct result of a strategic grantmaking review SVCF began in 2016. The review involved a series of eight community conversations about all four of SVCF’s grantmaking focus areas: building strong communities, economic security, education and immigration. The review was designed to ensure that SVCF’s grantmaking investments continue to be timely, impactful and relevant to the region’s residents. Additional changes to SVCF’s grantmaking strategies will be announced in October at SVCF’s Regional Meeting. During this process, SVCF leadership and staff heard from a wide range of local partners that Silicon Valley immigrants and their children are facing increased, open hostility. In some cases, hostility has led to confrontations and violence. Read the summary of the community conversation about immigration-related topics.
“Now more than ever, immigrants in our local communities need our support,” said Manuel Santamaría, SVCF’s vice president of strategic initiatives and grantmaking. “They need to understand their rights, have access to legal services, develop emergency family plans and be protected from hate crimes and discrimination.”
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 region’s workforce is foreign-born.
Examples of responsive projects that may be supported by this new grant opportunity include, but are not limited to:
- “Know your rights” campaigns that seek to partner with community entities (schools, community centers, libraries, etc.) to inform and empower vulnerable immigrant communities;
- Programs that address harassment and hate speech/crimes that target immigrant and faith communities;
- Projects that encourage preparedness plans for families, including childcare plans and financial contingency plans.
- Projects promoting literacy around digital security, to safeguard information and data that could make immigrants vulnerable if the data were compromised or stolen.
About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. As the largest community foundation in the world, we engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at siliconvalleycf.org.