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Community Grants

Do you have a creative classroom project that needs funding?  Are you affiliated with a school or 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 and community organizers 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 nationwide, in the amount of $100 to $500, to fund a limited number of projects that provide education about immigrants and immigration. The American Immigration Council’s Community Education Center seeks to fund activities that are innovative and supportive of The Council’s mission of promoting the benefits of immigrants to our nation. 


The Council is always looking for innovative and creative ideas, this year’s focus will be emphasized on proposals that relate to the following categories:

  • Innovative use of technology and/or service-learning*
  • Professional development and team teaching*
  • Community outreach and partnerships with community based organizations
  • Math, science, and the arts
  • Service-Learning*
  • Grants focused on the teaching and learning of fundamental constitutional rights (due process) and/or border issues

* In this grant cycle, we are seeking to fund projects that incorporate service-learning and/or digital technologies as well professional development and team teaching approaches.

Applications are limited to educators teaching in public or private primary, intermediate and secondary level schools—as well as extension educators and community leaders. Proposals that are classroom-based will receive strong consideration, and the Council encourages projects that can be replicated in other classrooms and communities across the nation. Funds for field-trips will NOT be granted. Grants are non-renewable.


Grants will be awarded bi-annually with submissions deadlines on July 1, 2016 and November 7, 2016. Recipients will be selected by The American Immigration Council’s Curriculum Advisory Board and announced in August 2016 and November 2016. Grants will be paid to the educator/leader submitting the proposal. Funds will be disbursed in September and December 2016.

Read about our previous winners here.     


Participants will have one year to complete their projects after receiving their award. 

A Common-Core aligned lesson plan and sample materials must be submitted in hard copy and electronically to the Council by the designated cycle end date, and become the property of the Council, for use on the website and in print materials. Winners will also be asked to provide reflective summaries of their projects along with relevant materials and photos of their work.  Grantees may be asked to participate in a webinar, tweet chat, video interview or other testimonial to demonstrate and share the impact of their work with others.  Any incidental costs incurred will be financed by the Council.


Application Components (you must include each of these items!)

  1. A completed online application form.
  2. An essay detailing the objectives of the proposed project, a time-line 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 or organizational leader on school/organization letter head.

If you are selected for funding proper tax forms must be completed before funding will be dispersed. This will require a W-9 with a tax ID number.


  • Send completed supporting materials (brief essay, project budget, and recommendation letter) via email or post.
  • Email us at with the subject line "COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATION.”
  • Or send us your materials at:

American Immigration Council 
Attn: Education Dept Community Grants
1331 G Street Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005