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 (“County”) allocated from American Rescue Plan (“ARP”) funds. This grant program intends to provide direct investments to immigrant-focused Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). 

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 two-year grant period.

Twenty (20) total grants will be awarded to twenty separate CBOs. Ten (10) will each be awarded $150,000 over two years and will receive capacity-strengthening skill building and training, and ten (10) will be awarded an in-kind grant to receive capacity-strengthening skill building and training.

OIA grant funds will be used by eligible organizations on operational activities that strengthen an organization’s capacity to provide effective, culturally, and linguistically responsive services to immigrants during the pandemic and beyond.  

Important Information & Dates

Grant Information
Details
Ten (10) Organizations will Receive: Monetary Grants Provided Separately $150,000 total (Year 1: $75,000 and Year 2: $75,000) + skill building, training, and capacity strengthening for immigrant-focused services
Ten (10) Organizations will Receive: In-Kind Capacity Strengthening & Technical Assistance Grants Provided Separately 10 In-Kind Service Grants to selected CBOs to receive skills building, training, and capacity strengthening for immigrant-focused services
Duration Two (2) years
Reporting and Invoicing Frequency Reporting 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.
Organizational Operating Budget Eligibility Operating budgets up to $2.5M (prioritized)

 

Event or Activity
Date
RFP Released Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Proposers Information SessionThursday, August 18, 2022 – 2 to 3 pm  PT
Written Questions Submission August 19, 2022 – 5 pm PT
Final Q&A Released August 22, 2022
Proposals DueSeptember 9, 2022 – 5 pm PT
Announce Grantees September 30, 2022

Organizations Eligible

  • Organization must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 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.
  • Capacity-strengthening grants are prioritized to organizations with an annual operating budget of $2.5 million or less. If the operating budget exceeds $2.5 million, organizations may still apply and be considered.

Activities Eligible

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 capacity-strengthening activities, such as, but not limited to:

  • Temporary staffing to continue activities that directly address the pandemic or post-pandemic economic recovery
  • Planning activities, like strategic planning, fund development strategies, strategic communications planning, disaster planning, and COVID response
  • Board and leadership development, such as board and staff diversity strategy, succession planning, and strengthening board-staff relations
  • Strategic partnerships, i.e., providing technical assistance and consultant support to help two or more organizations to work together
  • Internal operations, including financial management, human resources, staff training and organizational culture development
  • Technology enhancements and capacity-building through hardware and software upgrades, cybersecurity planning, and staff technology training
  • Evaluation, i.e., increasing an organization’s capacity to collect data and engage in data-driven program planning
  • The project is responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic and will have a long-term impact on the community
  • Other capacity-strengthening initiatives that would enhance the long-term impact of the organization 

Information Session for Proposers

Proposers are invited to a virtual Proposers Information Session on Wednesday, August 18, 2022, at 2 pm to 3 pm PT

Attendance is not a requirement to be considered for this grant, but is highly encouraged.  

Proposers may submit questions in writing regarding this Request for Proposal (RFP) by email to [email protected]ocal.org. All questions must be received by 5 pm PT on Friday, August 19, 2022, for responses to be compiled and issued as a follow-up in the Proposers Information Session.

Application & Selection Criteria

Application

Click here to download the RFP application (Microsoft Word Document) and complete before exporting as a PDF file. 

Submit your completed application by sending the PDF version to [email protected] by no later than September 9, 2022, at 5:00 pm PT.  

(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.  

Selection

CNM will review grant applications based on a selection rubric. Please review this rubric to further understand selection criteria. 

Privacy Policy & Conflict of Interest

Privacy Policy

For further information please see CNM’s privacy policy.

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.

Publicity

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.  

Please use this language about CNM for your own promotional activities:  

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OIA Grants FAQ

This project focuses on direct investments in community organizations serving Los Angeles County (County) immigrant residents who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Through these investments, Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) aims to increase enrollment of more and different types of immigrants in public benefits and social safety net services. 

Capacity-building grants will be for a total amount of $150,000. 

Grant deliverables must be completed in two (2) years. 

Capacity building and strengthening is “a process of building and strengthening the systems, structures, cultures, skills, resources, and power that organizations need to serve the community (Transformational Capacity Building).” 

The OIA grant program will support capacity-building activities, such as:

  • Planning activities, like strategic planning, fund development strategies, strategic communications planning, disaster planning, and COVID response
  • Board and leadership development, such as board and staff diversity strategy, succession planning, and strengthening board-staff relations
  • Strategic partnerships, i.e., providing technical assistance and consultant support to help two or more organizations to work together
  • Internal operations, including financial management, human resources, staff training and organizational culture development
  • Technology enhancements and capacity-building through hardware and software upgrades, cybersecurity planning, and staff technology training
  • Evaluation, i.e., increasing an organization’s capacity to collect data and engage in data-driven program planning. 

This grant focuses on organizations headquartered in or primarily serving Los Angeles County and whose primary focus is immigrant communities. Priority will be given to organizations with operational budgets $2.5 million or less. 

The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) is the selected grant administrator. It will be responsible for all aspects of this grant process, from outreach and applications, to grant award recommendations, to administration and reporting.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) and other information can be found on this page.  

Funds for this grant project originate from the American Rescue Plan Act.  

Please include a outline of your organization’s revenue and expenses for a fiscal year, not including pass-through payments (funding given to your organization that it is passed through that organization to benefit a specific individual or another organization).

The highlighted zip codes have been determined to have the highest concentrations of immigrants. 

Capacity-strengthening training sessions will be offered with translation, but the application and reporting must be completed in English. 

Questions?

Please direct all questions to [email protected].