Immigrant Rights Fund - 2021 Request for Proposals

Brooklyn Community Foundation established the Immigrant Rights Fund in late 2016 in response to mounting uncertainty and fear within Brooklyn’s immigrant communities, combined with reports of xenophobic and racist attacks nationwide, and the creation of dangerous and exclusionary government policies. 
Since launching, the Fund has distributed close to $1.7M in 114 grants to support frontline and advocacy organizations serving Brooklyn. The Fund continues to invest in local organizations working to dismantle oppressive policies while expanding access and opportunities for immigrants living in Brooklyn. The Foundation works alongside an Immigrant Rights Fund Advisory Council composed of community members with lived experience in grantmaking.
The Immigrant Rights Fund supports organizations that are working on the frontlines of change to ensure that immigrants in our borough have the opportunity and agency to achieve social and economic success. We prioritize support for Black-led and other people of color-led organizations, knowing that those who are closest to the challenges faced by our communities are closest to the solutions for our communities. 


The Immigrant Rights Fund grants will provide funding up to $45,000 per year in single-year and three-year grants to approximately 14-18 organizations working in the following areas: 
  • Expansion of legal rights for immigrants
  • Expansion of benefits and entitlements for immigrants including, but not limited to food access, housing, healthcare, and education
  • Direct services and navigation support for immigrants whose primary language does not fall under the 10 designated citywide languages by NYC Local Law 30 
Grant awards will prioritize work that supports and centers the power of people from the following: 
  • Communities/Identities/Experiences: Black, indigenous, and people of color; low-wage and nontraditional workers; people who are unhoused and housing insecure; people who are formerly or currently incarcerated; people who are LGBTQIAGNC+; parents; older adults; women; and youth.
  • Neighborhoods: Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Coney Island, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, East New York, Flatbush, and Sunset Park.



In reviewing proposals, we will give preference to organizations that:
  • Use a racial justice lens in their work. Organizations consider inequities based on race and their impact in designing programs, looking for solutions and defining success;
  • Center the voices and leadership of community members. Organizations craft solutions to problems and work in authentic partnership with community members to actively engage those most impacted in directing their own lives and shaping their own communities, and building the capacity of emerging leaders in their organizations; 
  • Acknowledge intersecting oppressions. Organizations understand how multiple oppressions impact one another and the lives of the people with whom they work;
  • Work on the frontlines of issues. Organizations that are grassroots and doing work on the ground and at the community level.



To be eligible to apply, an organization must:
  • Be incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or be working under the auspices of an authorized fiscal sponsor.
  • Have a minimum annual budget of $100,000. Grant awards will not exceed 20% of the applying organization’s annual budget.
  • Have an office or a regular physical presence in Brooklyn; and serve the people of Brooklyn.
Please note that we do not fund the following:
  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Schools (public, private, or charter)

Learn more on our Informational Webinar recording: Watch here (Access Passcode: p6T0a*9G)


  • Monday, April 12, 2021: Immigrant Rights Fund Grant Guidelines Released
  • Friday, April 30, 2021: Letter of Inquiry (LOI) due
  • Friday, May 7, 2021: Notifications sent to organizations invited to submit a full proposal
  • Friday, May 28, 2021 at 5pm: Deadline for invited organizations to submit a full application.
  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021: Award decisions announced



Applications are now closed. The application window for LOIs closed at 5PM on Friday, April 30, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered.