MOUNTAIN VIEW — Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to improve access to high-quality legal services for immigrants living in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Nine grants to seven different nonprofit organizations will provide a total of $999,810 for programs that will increase the efficiency and availability of legal services for our region’s large population of immigrants. Grants will support training for case workers, outreach efforts and lending circles that help immigrants pay for citizenship fees, among other services.
“The legal services infrastructure for immigrants in Silicon Valley is not sufficient even for today’s demand, let alone the future demand that will occur in the event of meaningful legislative or administrative reform of our immigration system,” said Manuel Santamaria, vice president of strategic initiatives and grantmaking for SVCF. “Our investment will make it possible for more clients to receive higher quality legal services.”
SVCF’s interest in legal services infrastructure is aligned with its overall immigration grantmaking strategy, which focuses both on strengthening legal assistance and on helping adults learn English, increasing their ability to succeed in the workforce. More than 15,000 immigrants received one-on-one assistance with legal services through SVCF grantees in 2013.
The new grants, which were approved by SVCF’s board of directors, range from $20,000 to $374,250. Among them:
A grant of $374,250 to Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County will support the South Bay Legal Immigration Services Network, a collaborative of six organizations providing legal counseling and representation.
A grant of $360,000 will support Collaborative Resources for Immigration Services on the Peninsula (CRISP), a group of eight organizations providing low-cost legal services in San Mateo County.
Mission Asset Fund will receive $50,000 to support lending circles that help immigrants afford application fees for citizenship and for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
The nine new grants bring SVCF’s total investment in legal services infrastructure to about $4.6 million since 2009.
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