2023 Capacity-Strengthening Grants for Immigrant-Focused CBOs

The L.A. County Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) grant program is funded by the County of Los Angeles allocated from American Rescue Plan funds. This grant program intends to provide direct investments to immigrant-focused Legal Service Providers (LSP) or Case Management Organizations (CMO). The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) will administer the OIA grant program from conducting introductory information sessions, supporting the application process, selection of awardees, and leading capacity-strengthening efforts with the awardees throughout the one (1) year grant period.

The launch of the 2023 cohort from the LA County Office of Immigration Affairs will focus on enhancing the quality of legal services for immigrants in our community by integrating case management services, or organizations with case management services that seek to strengthen and/or expand existing partnerships with legal service providers.

There are multifaceted challenges that immigrants face, and by incorporating comprehensive case management into legal assistance, organizations can amplify the impact of their efforts. Through this new grant opportunity, legal services providers and case management organizations will be asked to develop a plan that offers a more comprehensive and streamlined approach, ensuring that immigrants not only receive expert legal representation but also gain access to vital support that addresses their unique needs. Organizations who provide direct legal services as well as organizations who provide case management services and are ready to embrace this innovative approach are invited to apply.

OIA grant funds will focus on enhancing the quality of legal services for immigrants in Los Angeles County by integrating case management services or organizations with case management services that seek to strengthen and/or expand an existing partnership with a legal service provider to provide effective, culturally, and linguistically responsive services to immigrants during the pandemic and beyond.  

In 2022, CNM facilitated the selection of ten immigrant focused community-based organizations (CBOs) for the OIA grant program. Learn more about the first cohort of grantees here.

Important Information & Dates

Grant Information
Eighteen (18) Organizations will Receive:
Monetary Grants Provided Separately
$125,000 total over one year + skill building, training, and capacity strengthening for immigrant-focused services
DurationTwelve (12) Months
Reporting and Invoicing FrequencyReporting and invoicing will take place every three (3) months. At the end of the grant period, an interview with the evaluator will occur in addition to standard reporting.
Event or Activity
RFP Released Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Proposers Information SessionThursday, September 28, 2023 – 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. PT
Written Questions Submission Friday, September 29, 2023 – 5:00 P.M. PT
Final Q&A Released Friday, October 6, 2023
Proposals DueFriday, October 27, 2023 – 5:00 P.M. PT
Announce Grantees December 18, 2023

Information Session for Proposers

Join us for an informative session exploring grant opportunities for both legal service providers interested in integrating case management into their services and case management organizations seeking to partner with...
Closed Events
September 28, 2023

In partnership with Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs, CNM is hosting a virtual information session on Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 1:00-2:30 P.M. PST.

Organization Eligibility

  • Organization must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit Legal Service Provider whose primary work is providing legal services, or a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit Case Management Organization whose primary work is providing case management services. Fiscally sponsored organizations are eligible.
  • Applicant organization is primarily focused on foreign-born populations: The organization’s mission statement explicitly focuses on immigrants or refugees, or more than 50 percent of the population the Community Based Organization (CBO) serves is foreign-born or are the children of immigrants.
  • Proposed project is directly focused on immigrants.
  • Applicants’ primary direct service activities occur for Los Angeles County residents.
  • Applicant must demonstrate dedicated staffing and presence in Los Angeles County.

Eligible Activities

Grants will be allocated to eligible, immigrant-focused nonprofit entities with final award recommendations based on availability of funds, program guidelines, and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.

The OIA grant program will support the incorporation of case management into legal services, such as, but not limited to:

  • Legal Service Providers incorporating case management into their legal services through staffing.
  • Strategic Partnerships that support a Case Management Organization to incorporate case management services within the services of a Legal Service Provider. To be eligible for this category, the Case Management Organization must have an established partnership with a Legal Service Provider prior to submitting this application.

Grant Requirements

  • Applicants are required to adhere to federal 2 CFR reporting and compliance guidelines as part of their grant implementation and reporting obligations.
  • Applicants are expected to meet quarterly reporting and invoice requirements.
  • Applicated are expected to participate in monthly capacity strengthening trainings.

Capacity Strengthening Support

  • Grantees selected for funding will benefit from comprehensive capacity strengthening assistance facilitated by CNM. This support will encompass tailored training, resources, and mentorship to enhance their organizational capabilities and program effectiveness.
  • In addition to capacity strengthening support, grantees will have the opportunity to collaborate with a case management expert who will offer guidance and expertise in the development and implementation of a case management plan. This valuable assistance will ensure that grantees can effectively integrate case management services into their programs to meet the unique needs of immigrants.

Application & Selection Criteria

Applications and supporting documents must be completed and uploaded in SurveyMonkey by no later than Friday, October 27, 2023, at 5:00 P.M. PT.

Preview the application here – all applications must be submitted through SurveyMonkey.

(OPTIONAL) If you are registered on WebVen through Los Angeles County, please provide WebVen number.

It is recommended that your organization’s board and staff conduct internal assessment conversations to ensure the capacity to absorb and successfully implement an OIA grant. It is also recommended that you consult a tax consultant should you receive grant dollars for any tax determinations.  

Privacy Policy & Conflict of Interest

Privacy Policy

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Conflict of Interest

Current directors, officers, employees, and contractors of CNM and such individuals’ family members (spouse, parents, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and spouses of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren) are not eligible to apply or seek an award.


If awarded, please be advised that the business/applicant’s application information, name, statements, and other information provided during the award process may be used for promotional purposes in all forms and media and the business/applicant may be contacted by CNM, its agents and/or the program sponsors for such purposes. Until notified, applicants must agree not to share any status as a finalist publicly, including but not limited to all social media platforms, news media, or local publications.  

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Maura Harrington Ph.D., MBA

Executive Vice President
Center for Nonprofit Management

Maura is known for her expertise in organizational development and strategy and in all aspects of organizational development with a focus on strategic planning, assessment, and evaluation. At CNM, she oversees the client services team and provides consulting, training, and coaching services to a broad range of organizations. Much of her consulting and capacity-building work has been with community-based organizations and public health departments related to effective organizational operations, evaluation practices, and the use of logic models and other assessment tools to support planning, evaluation, and management. A BoardSource Trainer, a certified Advanced Associate, and a Trainer for the Connective Leadership Institute; Maura has completed certification as an executive coach under the International Coaching Federation. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Claremont Graduate School, an MBA from the Peter Drucker Graduate Management Center, a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University, and serves as an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Social Work and Department of Psychology.