Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors (UUM) Legal Services Grant
The funding for legal services is for the purpose of providing legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant youth and UUMs in the filing of, preparation for, and representation in administrative and/or judicial proceedings for the following immigration statuses: Asylum, T-Visa, U-Visa, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), or other immigration remedies available to these populations.
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) sections 13300-13307 authorize the CDSS to provide grants to qualified nonprofit legal services organizations to provide legal services to eligible UUMs, as defined in Section 279(g)(2) of Title 6 of the United States Code, and other unaccompanied immigrant youth. CDSS will award funding under WIC section 13300 to qualified nonprofits to assist UUMs in the physical custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in California or who are residing with a family member or other sponsor in the state after release from ORR custody. Beginning in FY 2022-23, CDSS will award funding under WIC section 13303 to provide removal defense services to unaccompanied immigrant youth who have not been processed by or held in the custody of the ORR.
The CDSS is conducting an open, competitive RFA process to award a five-year grant for UUM Legal Services that will begin July 1, 2022 and end December 31, 2027 with five one-year budget cycles. For the duration of the grant term the program will remain closed to the public. New organizations wishing to participate, will have an opportunity to apply during the next open grant cycle in FY 2027-28.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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