Immigrant Rights Fund

Pledge your support to Brooklyn’s immigrant communities:
Give to the Immigrant Rights Fund today

100% of contributions directly support vital immigrant-serving nonprofits

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. Our initial $1-million commitment has now grown to be a goal of deploying $2 million to take on both the immediate and long-term needs of immigrants in our borough through 2020.

We are committed to helping Brooklyn’s communities move from fear to strength, from trauma to healing, from division to wholeness, and from uncertainty to action. 

Brooklyn Community Foundation has created similar rapid-response funds in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. Our approach ensures that we support the most urgent needs of our communities while planning for a long-term response. 


Our Immigrant Communities

New York City’s immigrant population is at an all-time high, making it arguably the most diverse population in the world. Brooklyn’s increasing diversity reflects the changing face of our country and the strength new immigrants bring to our rich cultural landscape.

Brooklyn is home to nearly 950,000 foreign-born residents—nearly 40% of the borough’s population. Immigrants are also significant contributors to Brooklyn’s economic strength—nearly 50% of all Brooklyn businesses are immigrant-owned. 

It is estimated that 164,000 immigrants in Brooklyn are undocumented—accounting for 7% of Brooklyn’s total population—and upwards of 22,000 Brooklyn youth are DACA-eligible. Among U.S. counties, Brooklyn ranks 9th in total undocumented residents. Over a quarter of undocumented immigrants in the borough live with a child who was born in the United States, highlighting the potential impact deportations may have on separating parents from their children.

Explore more data on Immigrants in Brooklyn


Fund Strategy

Many of our grantees are small and led by members of their community, and are therefore unlikely to attract the kind of resources large national nonprofits do. While we do make strategic investments in larger organizations especially those that can advocate for systems level change, it is our local giving that is so effective: We know our community well and the organizations that keep it safe and strong. 

To date, the Fund has deployed nearly $1,284,800 through three funding streams:


Immediate Response Grants

To date, 29 grants totaling $380,000 have been approved within a week to support organizations that are defending the liberties of immigrant individuals and families as well as promoting the safety and strength of our communities in response to orders from the Trump Administration. Grants were awarded in response to:

Read about each of these grants



Sustained Response Grants

To date, 57 grants totaling $865,000 have addressed long-term challenges, including increased threats of deportations that would separate parents and children, as well as continued funding for advocacy and organizing. Funding supports ongoing legal consultations, coalition building and community organizing, mental and physical health services, political education, workforce development efforts, and community safety for immigrant communities across Brooklyn. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $25,000.

  • Arab American Family Support Center
  • Arab American Association of New York*
  • Asian American Writer's Workshop
  • AsylumConnect​*
  • Atlas:DIY*
  • Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services (BACDYS)*
  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration*
  • Brandworkers*
  • Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
  • Brooklyn Defender Services*
  • Center for Family Life*
  • Chinese-American Planning Council*
  • Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association
  • Churches United for Fair Housing*
  • Community Healthcare Network 
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY)
  • Documented
  • DRUM - Desis Rising Up and Moving*
  • Emma’s Torch*
  • Equality for Flatbush*
  • Faith in New York*
  • Families for Freedom
  • Freedom to Thrive*
  • Galapagos Center for New Americans
  • Laundry Workers Center 
  • Legal Aid Society of New York
  • Mixteca Organization
  • Muslim Community Network*
  • New Sanctuary Coalition
  • Nurun Foundation
  • Qualitas of Life Foundation
  • Queer Detainee Empowerment Project*
  • RIF Asylum Support*
  • Safe Horizon’s Immigration Law Project*
  • Sakhi for South Asian Women*
  • Street Vendor Project
  • Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
  • Unlocal, Inc.*
  • Volunteers of Legal Service
  • Womankind
  • Yemeni American Merchants' Association

​*Indicates Renewed Funding

Read about each of these grants



Action Fund Grants

The Action Fund of the Immigrant Rights Fund is designed to support ongoing civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, public education, action planning, and event logistics—with grants up to $5,000. To date, we have awarded 14 grants totaling $39,800.

  • Adhikaar
  • Arab American Family Support Center 
  • Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services 
  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration 
  • The Black Institute
  • Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project
  • Black Women's Blueprint
  • Enlace 
  • The New American Leaders Project
  • New York Communities for Change
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • OCA-NY Asian Pacific American Advocates 
  • Unlocal
  • Yemeni American Merchants Association 

Read about each of these grants


Ongoing Funding Opportunities

We are no longer accepting grant applications for the Sustained Response and Action Fund. Please check back in on January 2020.


Pledge your support to Brooklyn’s immigrant communities:

Give to the Immigrant Rights Fund today

100% of contributions will directly support vital immigrant-serving nonprofits

 


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