Borealis Philanthropy

Immigration Litigation Fund – June 1

Posted on April 21, 2020

Borealis Philanthropy Invites Applications to Immigration Litigation Fund

Borealis Philanthropy is inviting applications to its Immigration Litigation Fund (ILF).

ILF is a national funder collaborative with a goal to ensure that the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. ILF believes that litigation is an essential tool in achieving public policy and social change on immigration issues.

Historically, ILF has provided time-limited project support to litigation-specific projects. Due to the current economic and health crises related to COVID-19, grants awarded in this funding cycle will be general operating grants rather than project grants. Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded for impact litigation efforts 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.

ILF will provide funding for 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; and organizing and communications efforts that are related to impact litigation efforts.

To be considered for funding, applicants must first speak with a Borealis staff person to discuss their project. If Borealis staff determine that the project fits within ILF guidelines, the applicant will be instructed to use the online grant portal to submit their application for funding.

See the Borealis Philanthropy website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Learn more and apply: https://borealisphilanthropy.org/grantmaking/immigration-legal-strategy-support-fund/


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