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FY 2018 Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant (IJLS)

Request for Application (RFA) for FY 2018 Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant (IJLS)

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Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant (IJLS)​​​​​ Grantee Program Description

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The Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) is soliciting grant applications from qualified private organizations and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) serving District of Columbia residents for its FY 2018 Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant Program (IJLS). The grant is intended to fund programs that provide targeted services and resources to the DC immigrant population. The FY 2018 Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant Program offers one-time grants of up to $150,000 to CBOs with a current and valid 501(c)(3) status, as well as private organizations, associations and law firms that plan to mobilize pro bono talent in order to provide immigrant justice legal services.

Funding Areas

  • Public Safety
  • Civic Engagement

This grant will fund the following activities:

  1. Help DC residents apply for green cards, convert green cards to citizenship, and make other affirmative USCIS filings;
  2. Renew DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applications and work permits for DC residents;
  3. Conduct Know Your Rights briefings and workshops;
  4. Help prepare asylum applications and provide legal representation at asylum interviews and/or hearings for DC residents; or, for clients in removal proceedings, prepare defensive asylum applications;
  5. Represent youth who are in removal proceedings, but are not currently detained, provided representation began before the client turned 18;
  6. Protect financial assets and custody for DC children in the face of potential deportation of parents or guardians;
  7. Help people and businesses conduct affairs through ITIN numbers, appeal licensing board denials based on international qualifications, and access health insurance and other public benefits for which they are eligible;
  8. File any lawsuits that may become necessary to challenging the use of DACA applications for finding or deporting undocumented persons;
  9. Help file applications for S, T, U, Special Immigrant Juvenile visas and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions for DC residents or family members of DC residents; and
  10. Provide legal help for family reunification efforts for families with at least one DC resident;
  11. Help DC families adopt or provide foster homes for refugees and children from war-torn countries; and
  12. Training and mentoring pro bono attorneys to perform any of the tasks 1-11.

Note that the grant will not fund legal support for persons who are in detention or who were put in deportation proceedings after they turned 18.


Target Population

The target population for these funds is immigrants of all ages who reside in the District of Columbia; families of mixed status with at least one family member in the District of Columbia; and/or immigrant business owners in the District of Columbia.


Eligible Organizations

Applicants shall meet the following conditions:

  • be a Community-Based Organization with a with a Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or evidence of fiscal agent relationship with a 501 (c)(3) organization; or be a private entity that is partnering with a 501 (c)(3) organization; or be a private entity that is mobilizing pro bono legal services;
  • serve the DC immigrant population;
  • be currently registered in good standing with the DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs, Corporation Division, and the Office of Tax and Revenue; and
  • conduct the program activities in the District of Columbia.

*Private organizations, associations and law firms that plan to mobilize pro bono talent may apply. Partnerships between private entities and 501(c)(3) CBOs are highly encouraged.

Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a proven track record in the following areas:

  • Legal services delivery;
  • Success for clients;
  • Immigration law expertise; and 
  • Connections to DC immigrant populations.


Number of Awards, Amounts and Duration of Grant

Up to 20 grants in amounts of up to $150,000 to successful applicants are expected. Only one application per organization will be accepted. Be advised that the grants competition is intense and that grant resources are limited. EOM is likely to be unable to support all of the many worthwhile activities for which applications are received.

The grant award will be for a period not to exceed 12 months, with an earliest starting date of October 1, 2017 and a closing date of September 30, 2018.



Release Date of RFA:                      Friday, August 4, 2017

Pre-Bidders’ Conferences:            Tuesday, August 8, 2017 (5:30 pm – 7 pm)

             One Judiciary Square

             441 4th St NW, Room 1117

                                                         Washington, DC  20001

 RSVP:                                             https://ijlsfy18prebidders8-8-17.eventbrite.com


           Wednesday, August 9 (4:30 pm – 6 pm)

           John A. Wilson Building

          1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Room G9        

          Washington, DC  20004

RSVP:                                           https://ijlsfy18prebidders8-9-17.eventbrite.com


        Thursday, August 10, 2017 (10:30 am – 12 pm)

        Frank D. Reeves Center

        2000 14th St NW, Room 200

        Washington, DC  20009

RSVP:                                          https://ijlsfy18prebidders8-10-17.eventbrite.com


Submission Deadline:             

Friday, September 1 at 5:00pm EST    

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.


Submission Details:                         

Online submissions only. Please submit complete application through the online portal: ZoomGrants.



Point of Contact:                              

[email protected]

(202) 727-2292

Inquiry Period: August 4 – September 1, 2017


Availability of RFA:                       

The RFA will be posted on these websites:

Mayor’s Office on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs (http://apia.dc.gov/); Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (www.ola.dc.gov); Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (http://oaa.dc.gov/); Office of Documents and Administrative Issuance (http://os.dc.gov/);

District’s Grant Clearinghouse