Make the Road New York activists at a rally in January
In the wake of yesterday's new Executive Order to reinstate a ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries as well as the Trump Administration's expanded deportation policies and damaging rhetoric that characterizes immigrants as criminals — Brooklyn Community Foundation continues to fight for immigrants in Brooklyn and beyond, and we encourage you to take action against islamophobia, xenophobia, and anti-immigrant policies affecting our communities.
With our $1-million Immigrant Rights Fund, we have launched a new Action Fund to provide swift and nimble support for community organizing and civil resistance activities that include:
- action planning and logistics
- community building events
- bystander trainings
- public education programs
Action Fund grants of up to $2,500 are awarded a rolling basis with rapid turnaround for immediate use. Applicants are asked to apply in partnership with immigrant-serving nonprofits or fiscally sponsored groups.
About the Immigrant Rights Fund
The Trump Administration’s adverse and restrictive position on immigration poses a substantial threat to Brooklyn’s economic strength as well as the stability of our families and communities.Brooklyn is home to nearly 950,000 foreign-born residents—nearly 40% of the borough’s population—and almost half of all Brooklyn businesses are immigrant-owned.
Brooklyn Community Foundation created the Immigrant Rights Fund in late 2016 with the goal of deploying at least $1 million over the next four years to support the immediate and long-term needs of immigrant communities affected by exclusionary and destabilizing government policy changes, while strengthening collaboration among immigrant-serving nonprofits in the borough.