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Economic Mobility for Refugees and Immigrants

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World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund

Deadline Date:

11/15/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants and in-kind support to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations to support economic mobility for refugees and immigrants. Funding is intended to promote equity and inclusivity in workplaces and communities. Requests may be made to support general operations or for a specific project or program.

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund seeks proposals to identify new ideas that can drive more inclusive employer practices in the U.S. and improve economic mobility for immigrants and refugees.

The Fund is looking to fund ideas from organizations to directly engage employers to: 

  • Shift internal talent practices to reduce bias in recruitment and hiring, build more inclusive workplaces, and invest in the advancement of incumbent immigrant and refugee talent. 
  • Pilot demand-driven training and education programs that connect immigrant and refugee job seekers to quality jobs, particularly in high-growth sectors. 
  • Build coalitions within or across sectors to advance commitments and facilitate knowledge sharing and collective action among employers. 
  • Assess the impact of existing employer initiatives focused on immigrant and refugee workers to identify the path forward for those solutions. 

WES Mariam Assefa Fund’s four impact goals: 

  • Build the case for solutions that advance equitable economic mobility for immigrants and refugees
  • Deepen the bench of leaders from immigrant communities and communities of color
  • Accelerate the uptake of worker-centered innovations
  • Grow the movement to foster welcoming, inclusive, and equitable workplaces and communities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196539

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grants awarded through the open application will range from $100,000 to $150,000 for the whole duration of the project.

Selected applicants will become grantee partners of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund as part of the Fund’s partner community and have access to peer-learning, capacity building, and other programming.

Term of Contract:

Proposed time period for funding is one to two years.

Anticipated grant stat date: June 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible to apply if you are:
- A mission-driven organization (for-profit, non-profit 501(c)3, 4, or 6, or fiscally sponsored organization), whose work is aligned with at least one of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund’s four impact goals
- Registered and doing work in the U.S. or based outside of the U.S. but leading work in the U.S.
- Committed to ensuring immigrant and refugee workers can access good jobs, achieve their career goals, and participate in inclusive, equitable economies.
- An organization whose leadership team and staff reflect the communities you serve and bring lived experience from immigrant and refugee communities and communities of color.
- Not currently receiving funding from the WES Mariam Assefa Fund. Organizations with active grants are not eligible for this opportunity; however, organizations that previously submitted a funding application but were not selected and past grantee partners are welcome to apply.

501(c)3-designated religious organizations are welcome to apply as long as the project is otherwise eligible. Organizations that are based outside of the U.S. are eligible to apply; however, their proposal must focus on work to serve communities in the U.S.

Organizations may – and are encouraged to – submit an application together.

Organizations with active grants with the WES Mariam Assefa Fund are not eligible.

The Foundation will not consider:
• Programs designed in isolation, without meaningful or worker employer engagement.
• One-off programs with limited potential for learnings that could be shared more broadly and lead to system change and/or replication.
• Research projects or convenings without actionable recommendations, dissemination, and stakeholder engagement activities.
• Scholarships and grants to individuals.

Projects that require longer than two years or less than one year are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

- LOI Due By November 15, 2021, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- LOI Review: Fund Staff and External Review
- November 2021 – February 2022: Application Notifications: Declinations or Invitation to Submit Full Proposal
- Late February 2022: Full Proposals Due (if invited to submit)
- Late March 2022: Full Proposal Review: Fund Staff and Board
- Late March – mid-April 2022: Virtual Interviews with Applicants Mid-April 2022
- Final Notifications: Mid-May 2022
- Anticipated earliest start date: June 1, 2022

Each organization should submit only one Letter of Intent at a time.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions regarding the grant application requirements or proposal review process, please contact:
Lauren Crain
Associate Director, U.S. Strategy and Programs

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