The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) seeks  proposals for up to three grants made to support youth organizing and engagement among immigrant populations in Loudoun County.  The program is designed to train the next generation of leaders who will organize for immigrant justice. Each grant is for $12,000.  There will be regular training and support for selected organizations, and $4,000 in shared program expenses.


Loudoun County immigrants are on the frontlines of a range of anti-immigrant, racist attacks, and incidents.  

The focus of these grants is for Loudoun County immigrants, with the support of their host organization, to identify key issues and solutions confronting immigrant communities and / or immigrant youth.  The proposed work may be based in a specific neighborhood, region, or institution such as a school or place of worship.


Interested organizations will:  

Hire one or more person(s) as a temporary organizer/ intern/ fellow.

Identify a specific geography or institution where they will focus their work.

Identify issues or problems that they are likely to address.


The organizers must work in Loudoun County, but the host organizations may be located anywhere in Virginia.

Interested Organizations should submit the following information:

  • Identify the program manager / supervisor for this work and attach their resume.
  • Identify  in writing the specific geography and / or institution where the organizing will occur.   
  • Identify in writing likely issues which will be addressed by the project or campaign.
  • Identify one or more youth interested in the internship fellowship program. Attach either a brief explanation of why they are interested (if available) and  attach and attach an intern job description including compensation.


The applicant organization must be a VACIR member in good standing or agree to become a member if selected for support.  Interns/Fellows and their supervisor agree to regular joint meetings with the technical assistance provider for this project.  The meetings may be during evenings and / or on weekends. These meetings will provide an opportunity for training on organizing and support and feedback on plans and ongoing work.


Evaluation Criteria

Identified and Qualified supervisor.

Identified geography and / or institution within Loudoun County for organizing area.

Identified interns/fellow OR a solid plan for intern/fellow recruitment (attached)

Reviewing, Funding, and Notification Process

Proposal must be emailed to Ms. Monica Sarmiento at by Friday, April 13, 2018. All  proposals will be considered by the VACIR Executive Board and / or a review panel.   Final decisions on grant recipients will be made and announced in writing.


Important!  All funded programs will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates and compatible with IRS 501(c)3 status restrictions. Applicant organizations must be a VACIR member in good standing. If you have questions please email Ms. Monica Sarmiento at