Press Release - July 31, 2015

SVCF Awards Nearly $1 Million To Strengthen Legal Services For Local Immigrants

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to improve access to high-quality legal services for immigrants living in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Seven grants to six different nonprofit organizations will provide a total of $962,250 for programs that will increase the efficiency and availability of legal services for Silicon Valley’s large population of immigrants. Grants will support training for case workers, outreach efforts and lending circles that help immigrants pay for citizenship fees, among other services.

“The demand for legal services in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties continues to exceed the capacity of agencies working in the area and the funding available for this work,” said Manuel Santamaria, vice president of strategic initiatives and grantmaking for SVCF. “SVCF continues to invest in tools and programs that can increase efficiencies and capacity of legal service providers.”

SVCF’s interest in legal services infrastructure is aligned with its overall immigration grantmaking strategy, which focuses both on strengthening legal assistance and on helping adults learn English, increasing their ability to succeed in the workforce. More than 15,000 immigrants received one-on-one assistance with legal services through SVCF grantees in 2014.

The new grants, which were approved by SVCF’s board of directors, range from $20,000 to $408,000. Among them:

  • A grant of $408,000 to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center will support the Collaborative Resources for Immigration Services on the Peninsula (CRISP) to continue providing free or low-cost immigration legal assistance and related policy and advocacy efforts in support of immigrant children and families.
  • A grant of $374,250 to Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County to advance the capacity of SBLISN (South Bay Legal Immigration Services Network), a collaborative of organizations in Santa Clara County providing immigrant legal services.
  • Dolores Street Community Services will receive $40,000 to expand the African Advocacy Network's legal education and outreach capacity.

The seven new grants bring SVCF’s total investment in legal services infrastructure to about $5.5 million since 2009.

You can view a full list of these grantees here .


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