The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is ramping up grants to nonprofit organizations devoted to advising and ensuring the safety of local immigrants.
"At a time when uncertainties about federal immigration policies are running high, this new funding opportunity will help organizations offer vital services, support and information to immigrants who are vulnerable or discriminated against," said Emmett D. Carson, the foundation's CEO and president.
The grants have helped immigrants access legal advising and better economic opportunities, according to a press release issued by the foundation.
"Now more than ever, immigrants in our local communities need our support," said Manuel Santamaría, the community foundation's vice president of strategic initiatives and grantmaking. "They need to understand their rights, have access to legal services, develop emergency family plans and be protected from hate crimes and discrimination."
Silicon Valley Community Foundation has begun accepting proposals for grants since May 1. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. Those interested in applying for a grant can register for an informational webinar on its website, siliconvalleycf.org, and residents can request a proposal by visiting the SVCF.
The foundation has four grantmaking focus areas: building strong communities, economic security, education and immigration, and the new initiative is a result of the new strategic grantmaking review it began last year.