Take Action for Immigrant Rights

March 7, 2017

Make the Road New York activists at a rally in January

In the wake of yesterday's new Executive Order to reinstate a ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries as well as the Trump Administration's expanded deportation policies and damaging rhetoric that characterizes immigrants as criminals Brooklyn Community Foundation continues to fight for immigrants in Brooklyn and beyond, and we encourage you to take action against islamophobia, xenophobia, and anti-immigrant policies affecting our communities.

With our $1-million Immigrant Rights Fund, we have launched a new Action Fund to provide swift and nimble support for community organizing and civil resistance activities that include:

  • action planning and logistics 
  • community building events
  • bystander trainings
  • public education programs

Action Fund grants of up to $2,500 are awarded a rolling basis with rapid turnaround for immediate use. Applicants are asked to apply in partnership with immigrant-serving nonprofits or fiscally sponsored groups. 

Please share this opportunity widely. 

About the Immigrant Rights Fund

The Trump Administration’s adverse and restrictive position on immigration poses a substantial threat to Brooklyn’s economic strength as well as the stability of our families and communities.Brooklyn is home to nearly 950,000 foreign-born residents—nearly 40% of the borough’s population—and almost half of all Brooklyn businesses are immigrant-owned.

Brooklyn Community Foundation created the Immigrant Rights Fund in late 2016 with the goal of deploying at least $1 million over the next four years to support the immediate and long-term needs of immigrant communities affected by exclusionary and destabilizing government policy changes, while strengthening collaboration among immigrant-serving nonprofits in the borough.