HIP Launches Immigrants’ Rights Rapid Response Fund in North Carolina


Application Deadline: March 27, 2017

Submit Application Online HERE


The purpose of the Immigrant Rights Rapid Response Fund is to support efforts to strengthen the immigrant rights movement in the state of North Carolina. This rapid response fund aims to strengthen organizations and networks working on the front lines to respond to immediate immigration policy threats at the state and federal levels. As immigrant and refugee communities have become politicized, incidences of intimidation and harassment have increased and real threats in the form of removal orders and detention proceedings have been initiated. Nationally, approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants, including more than 750,000 undocumented youth protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), face an uncertain future. These new threats, along with the possible increase in anti-immigrant state-level policy, have exacerbated an unsafe environment for immigrant communities.

The Immigrant Rights Rapid Response Fund will provide one-year grants to organizations and networks working with immigrant and refugee communities in North Carolina. For this grant round, it is not a requirement that organizations be Latino-led or Latino-serving in order to be eligible. However, specific preference will be given to organizations led by or accountable to directly affected communities.


In order to be considered for funding, applicant organizations or networks must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have a 501(c)(3) status or sponsored by a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent
  • Primarily serve a city, county, region of NC or the entire state. National or international or are not eligible


The Immigrant Rights Rapid Response Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000. Larger grants for multi-group collaborations may be considered. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and the needs in your community might require other strategies.

  • Community Protection: Frontline community-based organizations and networks working on community protection in response to the surge in hate incidents, as well as immediate threats based on state and federal policy. This could include, but is not limited to: strengthening community-led defense organizing with directly affected communities at the center; implementing “Know-Your-Rights” trainings; developing rapid response networks; supporting vulnerable communities to build resilience and addressing the emotional effects of hate incidents.
  • Collective Learning and Strategy Development: Networks working on creating spaces for collective learning, analysis and strategy development in response to state and federal policy. This could include hosting community forums to educate communities by sharing accurate information.
  • Building Long-Term Power: Organizations and networks responding to the current political context to build lasting power among immigrant communities. Strategies could include: building stronger collaboration across immigrant communities; coalition-building; working at the intersections with other movements; strengthening communication infrastructure; deepening racial equity and power analysis lens; fortifying civic engagement initiatives; strengthen policy advocacy efforts; community organizing, base-building, and integration; grassroots leadership development; youth engagement and intergenerational organizing.


Preference will be given to organizations and networks that:

  • Are immigrant/refugee-led or are working at the intersections across social justice movements through a racial, gender, and class equity lens.
  • Have a track record of successfully engaging and supporting the leadership of those most directly affected by immigration policies.
  • Promote collaboration, support and build the capacity of networks of grassroots immigrant organizations, to make an impact in the communities they serve.


There are two stages of the selection process: Proposal and Interview Calls/Site Visits. Based on the proposal review and site call (if needed), the selection committee will decide which proposals will receive funding.

  1. Proposal: You will submit a narrative proposal and a project budget. The instructions below will help you access the application. Once your proposal has been received it will be reviewed by members of the selection committee to determine which proposals will require site calls. Not all organizations that submit a proposal will be required to have a site call.
  2. Interview Calls/Site Visits: For selected organizations, HIP staff will conduct a phone interview to gain a better understanding of individual proposals. HIP staff will contact organizations directly to schedule calls. Being selected for a site call does not your proposal’s chances for funding.


  • Request for Proposals released: February 24, 2017
  • Optional Applicant Info Webinar:
    • English: Thursday, March 9th | 4:00 -5:00 PM (EST) – Please register here for webinar in English.
    • Spanish: Tuesday, March 14th | 4:00 -5:00 PM (EST)- – Please register here for Webinar in Spanish.
  • Proposal due: March 27, 2017
  • Site Calls (if needed): April 3-7
  • Grant decisions notification: April 17
  • Grant period begins: May 1, 2017
  • Grant period ends: April 30, 2018


Please send complete proposals online through this link: ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. If you are applying as a network, select one organization to serve as the proposal lead who will receive the funds. For your convenience, please find below the questions included in the online form.

PART 1: Cover Page

Organization’s Information:

  • Name of Applicant Organization
  • Address
  • Website
  • Please provide a brief overview of your organization or network
  • Organizational Budget
  • Tax ID Number
  • Fiscal Sponsor’s Information (if applicable)

Contact Person Information:

  • Name
  • Phone
  • Email

Request Information:

  • Amount Requested
  • Location where project will be implemented (projects could be city, county/counties, or statewide)
  • One Paragraph Summary of your proposal

PART 2: Proposal Narrative

Please complete a proposal narrative (four pages or less) answering the questions below. Please upload the document under the section indicated in the online form.

  • Context: How is the current political context impacting your work? What opportunities or threats are you addressing?
  • Strategies: How are you responding to the current context for the purpose of building long-term power for immigrant communities and/or responding to immediate threats? What do you hope to achieve in the next year?
  • Constituency: Who is the particular constituency that will be engaged in this work? Please share information regarding constituency race, gender, age and other important characteristics along with your organization’s track record engaging these constituencies.
  • Leadership: Who is part of the team and leadership? How is this work accountable to communities most impacted by anti-immigrant policies?
  • Anticipated Outcomes: What outcomes does the organization/network seek from these funds?

PART 3: Attachments

To complete your application, please upload the following documents in PDF format. To facilitate your application, please name all your files using your organization’s name (or an acronym/abbreviation) followed by a dash and the name of the document. For example, if your organization’s name is LWA, save your Board List document as: LWA-Board List.

  • 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status letter, or that of the fiscal sponsor
  • Fiscal Sponsor Agreement Letter (If applicable)
  • Current Organizational Operating Budget
  • Board/Advisory Committee List
  • Project Budget
  • Prior fiscal year actual financials (including both income and expenses)


Tania Durán, North Carolina Program Manager | tania@hiponline.org | (828) 378-0285


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