Immigrants Rising’s Facilitated Activity Groups offer undocumented young people tangible skills, knowledge, and accountability to pursue personal, educational, and professional goals.

Promotional graphic for Facilitated Activity Groups

Join other undocumented students to explore and grow in a topic and build relationships with one another. Facilitated Activity Groups are virtual small-group sessions offered to undocumented students from Catalyst Fund Campuses. Each activity group will meet weekly for 6 consecutive weeks and cover a topic under the umbrella of Immigration, Education & Career, or Entrepreneurship. You will have the opportunity to network and build relationships with other undocumented students. All activity groups will be guided by a skilled facilitator with deep familiarity of the undocumented experience. Check out the scheduled activity groups and register below!

Activity Groups 1 | January 17 – February 21

#ICanAffordCollege: Financing a College Education as an Undocumented Student
Schedule: 4 – 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, January 18 – February 22, 2022

Everyone deserves an education that is enjoyable, fulfilling, and free from constraints. Unfortunately, undocumented students face additional barriers to pursuing their educational goals and enjoying their educational journeys due to the added stress that comes with limited access to financial and campus resources. This activity group will introduce you to strategies, resources, tips, and key actionable steps you can take to finance your college education and advocate for more and better campus resources. By the end of this activity group, you will implement a plan to increase your funding to help you alleviate some of the financial barriers to pursuing your educational goals.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion after attending at least 5 sessions.

  REGISTER HERE  

Making Money Moves: Preparing for Career & Income Generating Opportunities
Schedule: 4 – 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, January 19 – February 23, 2022

Everyone, regardless of immigration status, can make money by building their own businesses and working for themselves. Unfortunately, many undocumented students are graduating with uncertainty about how to maximize their degrees and generate income post-graduation. In this activity group, you will learn how to leverage your skills, knowledge, and experience to generate income through contracting and business start-up opportunities. By the end of this session, you will explore income-generating opportunities specific to you, develop a business plan to guide you through your future income-generating endeavors, and apply for a business grant.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion after attending at least 5 sessions.

  REGISTER HERE  

Live, Work, Play! Traveling as an Undocumented Immigrant
Schedule: 4 – 5 p.m. on Thursdays, January 20 – February 24, 2022

Everyone deserves the opportunity to live their best life! Unfortunately, many undocumented students have missed out on unique and enriching experiences, such as traveling, due to their immigration status and the fears that come with traveling while undocumented. This activity group will give you an opportunity to transcend your physical boundaries by exploring what traveling means to you and learn what travel outside the U.S., across the U.S., and within your own city can look like. By the end of this activity group, you will identify actionable steps to take on your next trip, and have all the information you need to travel safely.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion after attending at least 5 sessions.

  REGISTER HERE  

Photo of Tobore Oweh
Tobore Oweh

Donor/Supporter, Entrepreneur

"It’s been a journey for me to become an entrepreneur, and I am happy that Immigrants Rising has always been there to support me along the way."

[Para español, haz clic aquí]

We are currently offering $4.06 million for immigrant entrepreneurs in California through our SEED initiative!

SEED Eligibility

Through the SEED initiative, we are offering funding to California residents who are starting or growing a business/nonprofit in California that addresses a social problem or community need. Read our SEED FAQs to learn more.

SEED applicants must identify with one of the following:

  • Non U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders). This includes individuals who may not be lawfully present in the United States, and individuals who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
  • Limited English proficiency, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

Types of Grants

We offer two different types of one-time, non-renewable grants:

  1. Developing Business/Nonprofit Owner Grants ($5,000): Grants to individuals starting or growing a business/nonprofit with annual gross business revenue/gross receipts less than $100,000 in the 2020 taxable year.
  2. Mature Business/Nonprofit Owner Grants ($10,000): Grants to individuals growing a business/nonprofit with annual gross business revenue/gross receipts more than $100,000 up to $1,000,000 in the 2020 taxable year.

Application Deadlines

SEED grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the end of the grant period on June 30, 2022 or until funds run out. However, the review of the applications will be conducted according to the schedule below. Applications must be submitted by the deadlines listed below to be considered for review in that cycle.

  • SEED Grant Application Review Cycle 3 Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
  • SEED Grant Application Review Cycle 4 Deadline: Friday, June 3, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Steps to Apply for a SEED Grant

IMPORTANT: Please use the same email address for all steps.

  1. Complete the Registration Form (about 5-7 mins to complete)
  2. Complete the entrepreneurship training on Spark and complete the worksheets (about 30mins to 1 hour to complete)
  3. Upon completion of the worksheets, you will get access to the SEED grant application (about 1 hour to complete, including the business plan)

The application asks for the following documents to be attached:

  1. California ID or any other form of identification with a California address
  2. Business plan with a detailed budget. We have a template if you don’t already have one.
  3. Evidence of gross annual business revenue/gross receipts if you are an existing business.

Below is how you can get help:

Please reach out to entrepreneurship@immigrantsrising.org if you have any questions.


Actualmente ofrecemos $4.06 millones para emprendedores inmigrantes en California a través de nuestra iniciativa SEED!

Elegibilidad del solicitante

Los fondos de SEED están abiertos a los residentes de California que están iniciando o desarrollando un negocio o una organización sin ánimo de lucro en California que aborde un problema social o una necesidad comunitaria. Lee las preguntas frecuentes sobre SEED para obtener más información.

Los solicitantes deben identificarse con al menos uno de los siguientes:

  1. No ser ciudadano estadounidense o residente permanente legal. Esto incluye a las personas que no están presentes legalmente en los Estados Unidos y a las personas a las que se les ha otorgado Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) o Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS).
  2. Dominio limitado del inglés, independiente del estado migratorio o ciudadanía.

Tipos de subvenciones

Ofrecemos dos tipos diferentes de subvenciones únicas no renovables:

  1. Subvenciones para propietarios de negocios en desarrollo / organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro ($5,000): subvenciones a personas que inician o desarrollan una empresa / organización sin ánimo de lucro con ingresos comerciales brutos anuales inferiores de $100,000 en el año fiscal 2020.
  2. Subvenciones para propietarios de negocios maduros/ organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro ($10,000): subvenciones a personas que desarrollen un negocio o una organización sin ánimo de lucro con ingresos comerciales brutos anuales de más de $100,000 hasta $1,000,000 en el año fiscal 2020.

Fechas Límites Para la Aplicación

Las solicitudes de subvención de SEED se aceptarán de forma continua hasta el final del período de subvención el 30 de junio de 2022 o hasta que se agoten los fondos. Sin embargo, la revisión de las solicitudes se llevará a cabo de acuerdo con el cronograma a continuación. Las solicitudes deben enviarse antes de las fechas límite que se enumeran a continuación para ser consideradas para su revisión en ese ciclo.

  • Fecha límite del ciclo 3 de revisión de la solicitud de subvención SEED: martes, Marzo 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PT
  • Fecha límite del ciclo 3 de revisión de la solicitud de subvención SEED: viernes, Junio 3, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PT

Pasos Para Solicitar Una Subvención SEED

IMPORTANT: utiliza el mismo correo electrónico para todos los pasos.

  1. Completa el formulario de registro (aproximadamente de 5 a 7 minutos para completarlo)
  2. Completa la capacitación de emprendimiento en Spark/Chispa y completa las hojas de trabajo (aproximadamente de 30 minutos a 1 hora para completar) usando este enlace:
    forms.gle/PgwqUxwtP6uhYuWZ8
  3. Al completar las hojas de trabajo, tendrás acceso a la solicitud de subvención de SEED (aproximadamente 1 hora para completar, incluido el plan de negocios)

La solicitud solicita que se adjunten los siguientes documentos:

  1. Identificación de California o cualquier otra forma de identificación con una dirección de California.
  2. Plan de negocios con presupuesto detallado. Tenemos una plantilla si no tienes un plan de negocios.
  3. Evidencia de ingresos comerciales anuales brutos / recibos brutos si es una empresa existente.

A continuación se muestra cómo puede obtener ayuda:

Mande un correo electrónico a entrepreneurship@immigrantsrising.org si tiene alguna pregunta.

Photo of Denea Joseph
Denea Joseph

Entrepreneur

"It's important that we highlight the intersectionality of being both Black and undocumented because of the way in which Black immigrants are disproportionately impacted by this immigration system."

Cris Mercado, founder and CEO of GrantAnswers
Cris Mercado: Becoming An Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur, Fellow

"Through entrepreneurship, I found that I had more control than I thought."

Iliana G. Perez

Entrepreneur, Staff

"I graduated in 2009 with a degree in math. I chose a subject that I thought would open opportunities here or in another country. Given that this was way before DACA, I definitely thought about leaving the country to pursue different opportunities."

Nancy

Entrepreneur, Fellow

"There's a ceiling with DACA. Yes, you can work, but there is a ceiling. And that ceiling I wanted to shatter."

Denea Joseph

Entrepreneur

"I, for one, stand in my power as a Black, undocumented woman. The epitome and antithesis of what they want us to be in these United States of America."

Amrit

Entrepreneur

"If we’re not all working towards being free and helping our community, who are we really helping?"