Finding A Space To Be Ourselves
Community Engagement, Entrepreneur, Fellow, Legal Services Team
"It was the first time that I was in a space where I could truly be myself. I felt safe and not ashamed and not scared to talk about my journey."
“This grant gave me the confidence to take my business to the next level, to create a space to help others and, most importantly, to grow as a social entrepreneur.” — Maria Mendez, Entrepreneurship Fund Grantee
Immigrants Rising’s Entrepreneurship Fund provides grants to undocumented entrepreneurs working to create positive social change.
The Fund showcases the talents of undocumented young people and amplifies the positive impact of their work. We offer two different types of grants:
Grantees will be offered support and guidance from professional advisors, join a national network of undocumented freelancers and entrepreneurs, and get social media exposure for their projects.
Twelve undocumented entrepreneurs have already received grants and support from the Entrepreneurship Fund, previously called the Fund for Undocumented Social Entrepreneurs (FUSE). Read profiles of our previous Entrepreneurship Fund Grantees.
We welcome proposals for entrepreneurial and freelancing projects that address a variety of needs, target diverse populations, and employ different strategies. We are open to supporting projects that serve and advocate for undocumented people as well as ones with broader potential impact. Projects can be non-profit or for-profit initiatives—or hybrid projects that include both nonprofit and for-profit components. Most importantly, projects must create positive social change and must be designed and led by undocumented young people.
Applicants must be born outside of the United States and cannot be U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR). Applicants do not need to be eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to qualify.
The Fund is made possible with generous support from Chavez Family Foundation; The Grove Foundation; James Gutierrez; Elise, Robert, and Colleen Haas; Jeff Hawkins; Jorge Ramos; Unbound Philanthropy; and Elisha Wiesel. Read profiles of our Entrepreneurship Fund Supporters.
Applications for our Kickstarter Grants are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed every month.
Applications for our Fellowship Grants are currently closed.