Request for Proposal: Organizing to Support Immigrant Communities

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) is accepting proposals for eight organizing projects in Northern Virginia. An amount of $3,000 will be awarded to Virginia organizations in support of each project.


All proposals must be in support of work already being done within one VACIR’s committees (local, state, or federal). Commonwealth laws and local ordinances in Virginia have been among the most anti-immigrant and oppressive in the nation. The focus of these grants is to organize immigrant justice supporters and build power within local communities.


The organizers must serve in Northern Virginia, but the host organizations may be located anywhere in Virginia.


  • Organizations must be in good standing with VACIR, by being up to date with their membership dues.
  • Projects may educate community members about issues that they care about, identify and recruit leaders, and motivate residents to take action.
  • Organizations must report on results after the project is complete.


Suggested Topics for Proposals byCommittee:

Local Committee: Opposition to law enforcement and ICE collaboration, deportation defense, and getting out the count for the 2020 census.

State Committee: In state tuition and driving privileges for all.

Federal Committee: Temporary protective status defense, Dream Act support, and comprehensive immigration reform support.


Please note that these are suggested topics. Your proposal may cover any scope of work currently being supported by any of the VACIR committee.


Committee Chairs:

Federal: Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, VACOLAO

State: Margie Del Castillo, VA LAN

Local: Luis Oyola, LAJC


Application Guidelines

All proposals must be emailed to Monica Sarimento ( by September 18, 2019. 


Complete proposals must include:

  • Proposal narrative which includes and estimated timeline of activities (two page maximum)
  • Budget narrative (250 word maximum)


Evaluation Criteria

General Proposal – Who you are and what you hope to achieve (40%)

Plan & Timeline – Is the proposal well thought out with a plan and clear results (35%)

Budget narrative – Budget (10%)

Is your organization in good standing with VACIR – (15%)


All funded proposals will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates, and will be compatible with IRS 501 C3 status restrictions.


Reviewing, Funding, and Notification Process

All qualified proposals will be considered by a review panel and evaluated on the criteria outlined above. Final decisions on grant recipients will be announced via email in September 30, 2019.


Official Rules

Your application must be emailed by September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered. If you have any questions or inquiries, you can email Monica Sarmiento, at