SVCF awards $2 million to help provide immigrants with legal and supportive services

Besides SVCF's work to support nonprofits through our primary grantmaking areas (economic security, education, immigration and building strong communities) we also focus on emerging local needs in our communities.

Our recent partnership with Santa Clara County and the City of San José focused on supporting for undocumented immigrants in Santa Clara County who are eligible for administrative relief in the immigration process. These immigrants are eligible for help from the federal government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs

SVCF is proud to announce that we awarded $2,020,000 to nine grantee organizations. Grants ranged in amount from $10,000 to $1 million.

These programs are designed by the federal government to provide temporary relief from the threat of deportation to certain groups of undocumented immigrants, including those who were brought to the U.S. as children. An estimated 50,000 residents of Santa Clara County may be eligible for help under the DACA and DAPA programs. Unfortunately, these residents can fall prey to scams as they pursue help under these programs.

SVCF has spent many years helping to develop a network of immigration legal services organizations that provide access to high quality, affordable legal services. These organizations help immigrants with everything from guidance through the citizenship process to low-cost legal representation.

“Given Santa Clara County’s diverse population, where at least 100 languages are spoken and more than 50 percent of residents speak a language other than English at home, the need for accurate information and legal services for our immigrant communities is vital,” said Manuel Santamaría, vice president of strategic initiatives and grantmaking for SVCF. “These grants will provide practical assistance to people and families seeking to improve their lives.”

Read the full press release about the DACA/DAPA program grantees.