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California group provides $10,000 grant to Doylestown nonprofit’s emergency assistance program


Doylestown nonprofit Immigrant Rights Action recently received a $10,000 grant from a national foundation to further its emergency cash assistance program for people excluded from federal and state COVID-19 aid due to immigration status.

In May, Immigrant Rights Action was one of 30 community-based groups statewide to participate in the PA Immigrant Relief Fund, identifying 19 area households in urgent need of assistance and overseeing the distribution of one-time cash grants of $800 to help with food and rent. An additional $3,000 for emergency financial assistance was awarded to the volunteer-based group by the PHL-COVID19 Fund, a joint venture between the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way.

This successful track record helped the three-year-old non-profit secure further support from the California-based Hispanics in Philanthropy, whose Essential Fund application process prioritized "organizations with deep and trusted ties to the communities in which they operate and who have the ability to support–in the form of cash assistance–individuals and families most in need, with the goal of continually building power in our communities."