Press Release - November 30, 2015

SVCF Awards $2 Million To Help Provide Immigrants With Legal And Supportive Services

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations that provide support for undocumented immigrants in Santa Clara County who are eligible for administrative relief in the immigration process.

A total $2,020,000 has been awarded to nine grantee organizations. Grants range in amount from $10,000 to $1 million.

Earlier this year, Silicon Valley Community Foundation entered into a partnership with Santa Clara County and the City of San José to distribute funding for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs.

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.”

Among the DACA/DAPA grantees:

  • Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network, serving as the fiscal representative for the South Bay Legal Immigrant Services Network, will receive a grant for $1 million to provide DACA and DAPA education, outreach, screening, document preparation and application assistance to eligible undocumented immigrants in Santa Clara County.
  • Sacred Heart Community Service will receive a grant for $685,000 to provide a large-scale outreach campaign through a 12-member coalition that will partner with schools, community colleges and community-based organizations.

Because of a federal court order, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is currently only accepting applications from people who are seeking relief under the original DACA program adopted in 2012. But even with the DAPA program and an expanded version of DACA on hold, grantees must continue to provide accurate outreach and education about the programs, visa programs and naturalization services, and must inform the community against fraudulent immigration services and notarios during this time of uncertainty.

More than one-third of the 2.5 million residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are immigrants and almost two-thirds of those under the age of 18 are children of immigrants. Immigrant entrepreneurs have contributed considerably to innovation and job creation in Silicon Valley, and nearly half the region’s workforce is foreign born.

Read more about SVCF’s grantmaking strategy on immigration and view all nine grantees.

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