2019 Immigration Strategy Grants

Strategic Funding for Immigration Integration

The Community Foundation sets aside targeted funds to support organizations that further the strategic goal of ensuring that Greater New Haven is a welcoming community for all immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, and supports their economic success and civic participation. Read more about our immigration strategy.

A grant review committee consisting of experts in the field and Community Foundation staff reviews all the immigration applications and scores them according to established criteria that rates organizations and programs.

Below is a list of immigration organizations and their projects that were recommended for grants. To help these worthy organizations fulfill their missions, we hope you will consider supporting one or more with your donor advised funds.

2019 Approved Immigration Grants

Community Bonds, Inc.

To support the expansion of the Immigrant Bail Fund which provides bail assistance to detained immigrants who cannot otherwise afford to pay for their release. This provides immigrants a chance to obtain a lawyer and have their case heard in court. Otherwise, in less than two days they are bond to unlimited detention and definitive deportation without a hearing. Learn more about Community Bonds on giveGreater.org.

Connecticut Students for a Dream

To support training and leadership development of organizers and youth field leaders to help undocumented immigrants and young people in New Haven advocate for their own issues, including college access support - having won the in-state tuition and a return of their own student tuition funds from access to State Aid. Their efforts increased the high school and college graduation rates and future work prospects for students. Learn more about Connecticut Students for a Dream on giveGreater.org.

Elena's Light

To support one-on-one English tutoring services for female immigrants and refugees in New Haven with a focus on studying for the Connecticut DMV learner's permit test.

Foundation for the Arts and Trauma

To support the ALIVE Program, a trauma-informed, preventive approach to reducing toxic stress among immigrant, refugee, and undocumented children at Barnard School. Learn more about Foundation for the Arts and Trauma on giveGreater.org.

New Haven Legal Assistance Association

To support comprehensive legal services for immigration cases involving defensive and/or affirmative relief, including asylum, withholding of removal, U-Visa, T-Visa, Violence Against Women (VAWA), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and adjustment of status. Main legal team for Connecticut children and adults detained by ICE. Learn more about New Haven Legal Assistance Association on giveGreater.org.

Spanish Community of Wallingford

To support legal immigration services and consultation as well as educational workshops and information sessions for both documented and undocumented immigrants in Wallingford.

Springs Learning Center

To support English Language Learners (ELL) programs and ELL tutor training, and to support the purchase of a desktop computer.

Unidad Latina Accion

To support undocumented immigrants in Greater New Haven through the Worker Justice Project and Immigration & Criminal Justice Project.