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Community Grants

Do you have a creative classroom project that needs funding?  Are you affiliated with an organization working with young people between the ages of 7 and 18? The American Immigration Council’s Community Education Center is here to help! In an effort to support educators in engaging their students and communities in thoughtful dialogues centered on the issue of immigration and multiculturalism, the Center awards bi-annual grants for immigration- themed classroom and community-based projects.


The American Immigration Council will award grants for the 2012-2013 school year, of $100 to $500, to fund a limited number of projects that provide education about immigrants and immigration. The Council seeks to fund activities that are innovative and support the Council’s mission of promoting the benefits of immigrants to our nation.


The Council is always looking for innovative and creative ideas. Applications for immigration-themed projects will be considered for all subject areas, although special consideration will be given for proposals that relate to the following categories:

  • Innovative use of technology and multimedia
  • Underrepresented minorities
  • Community outreach and partnerships with community-based organizations
  • Math and science
  • Service-learning

Applications are limited to educators teaching in public or private primary, intermediate, and secondary-level schools, after-school programs, and other groups working with youth-as well as extension educators and community leaders. Proposals that are classroom-based will receive strong consideration. The Council encourages projects that can be replicated in other classrooms across the nation. Funds for fieldtrips will not be granted and grants are non-renewable.


Download a Community Grant Application.

Don't forget to include the following application components:

1. A completed application form.

2. An essay detailing the objectives of the proposed project, a timeline for the activity, a list of resources to be used and/or created, and an explanation of how the proposed project might be used by others. Also, please include at least one paragraph of autobiographical information, and tell us about any previous immigration-related curriculum activities you have conducted.

3. Proposed budget with estimated expenses.

4. Recommendation letter from principal on school letterhead.

Send completed application packet to with COMMUNITY GRANT as the header.


Grants will be awarded bi-annually with submissions deadlines of August 15, 2012 and October 28, 2012. Recipients will be selected by the Council’s Community Education Advisory Board and announced in September and December 2012. Grants will be paid to the educator/leader submitting the proposal and participants will have one year to complete their projects. Funds will be disbursed in September 2012and January 2013. A summary lesson plan and sample materials must be submitted in hard copy and electronically to the Immigration Council's Community Education Center by that time, and become the property of the Council for use on the Council’s website and in print materials.

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