The Welfare and Institutions Code(WIC) sections 13300-13302 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, who are transferred to the care and custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement(ORR)& are present in California in ORR custody or residing with a family member or other sponsor.
The funding for legal services provided pursuant to this Agreement is for the purpose of providing legal representation for 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 UUMs. Legal services include culturally and linguistically appropriate services provided by attorneys, paralegals, interpreters and other support staff for state court proceedings, federal immigration proceedings, and any appeals arising from those proceedings.
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is accepting applications for Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors (UUM) Legal Services Funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020- 21 and 2021-22. The CDSS grants selected qualified nonprofit legal services organizations to provide legal representation for 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 (OIR) available to unaccompanied undocumented minors.
Qualified applicants can apply for the UUM Legal Services Funding by completing and submitting an application for funding. Please review the information below to determine if your nonprofit organization meets the qualification standards. Funding determinations will be based on an applicant’s ability to provide all the required services set forth in this Request for Application (RFA). There is no guarantee all services an applicant applies for will be funded. The final award1 will be detailed in the final grant for services (Agreement).
Pursuant to the RFA process, the CDSS will select nonprofit legal services organizations that meet the qualifications and document the ability to provide all of the required services set forth in this RFA by organizational competence, as assessed from this RFA and past performance on UUM and Immigration Services Funding contracts or grants with CDSS, credibility, and capacity to reach and assist eligible UUMs.
The RFA process is open to all California-based nonprofit legal service organizations with 501(c)(3) status that propose to provide legal services to UUMs in California as defined in this RFA. To be eligible for UUM Legal Services Funding, an applicant shall meet the minimum eligibility criteria in the link below. https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/unaccompanied-undocumented-minors
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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