Immigrant Advancement mini-grants
Eligibility for the program
We support Boston-based nonprofits focused on the following services:
- welcoming, supporting, and serving evacuees from recent natural disasters
- organizing and hosting legal screening clinics for undocumented immigrants and those at risk of losing immigration status, and
- hosting and facilitating education workshops on family preparedness to support immigrant families.
- Total amount available: $100,000
- Estimated number of awards: Up to 10
- Expected funding amount: $10,000 - $20,000 (maximum grant award) for one year
- Performance period: One year (March 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019)
- Application deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018, at 5 p.m. (no extensions)
- Must be 501c3 registered (or under a Fiscal Agent) and operate in the City of Boston.
- Immigrant run and led, and serving the local immigrant community.
- Committed to the empowerment and inclusion of immigrants and recent arrivals in the social, economic,and civic life of the City.
- Show a deep understanding of — and response to — the diverse needs of the immigrant community.
Programs supporting arrivals from the recent natural disasters. Examples include Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Services should include but not be limited to:
- information and referral services
- one-on-one and family case management
- direct services, and
- help with applications.
Legal screening clinics in the City of Boston for undocumented immigrants and those at risk of losing immigration status. These include DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) holders.
Education workshops on family preparedness to support immigrant families.
We started the program in 2015. Our office awarded 12 organizations funding for two years. The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, formerly known as the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, was created in 1998. We work to ensure that new immigrants have access to the civic, economic, social, and cultural life of Boston. Under the leadership of Mayor Walsh, we’re committed to building on that legacy. In our work, we:
- help diverse communities identify and address key issues
- act as an advocate for change
- facilitate collaboration among immigrant communities, City leadership, and other stakeholders
- improve immigrant communities’ access to City services and community resources, and
- promote the contributions of new Bostonians.
Our mini-grants program is made possible by proceeds from the 2017 We Are Boston Gala. The annual event is hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The gala seeks to inspire Bostonians to take pride in our roots and history, and create an inclusive environment. The goal is to embrace and celebrate Boston’s diversity.
Since the gala started in 2006, thousands of friends and supporters have gathered every year for a fun-filled evening. The event includes an inspiring program recognizing the dreams, drive, and contributions of diverse communities in the City and state. Proceeds from the Gala support crucial programs that enable new Bostonians to become full participants in the City.