Nearly $300,000 in Advocacy Grants Help Projects Assisting Immigrants, Refugees

November 04, 2010

$296K in CORR Action Fund awards will go to churches and community organizations in 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church (GCORR) CORR Action Fund (funded by the Minority Group Self-Determination Fund) has announced grants totaling $296,000 to support nine projects aimed at services that advocate for the rights, human dignity, and inclusion of racial/ethnic groups, immigrants, and refugees.
The awardees were selected after a competitive review of 135 applications received by the CORR Action Fund from organizations across the nation, requesting $4.6 million in funding. The applications were then approved for funding by the GCORR Board of Directors during its fall Board of Directors meeting in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The grants are awarded through the CORR Action Fund's Action & Advocacy funding priority and will assist seven church-based and two community-based organizations from nine different states.
The organizations and projects to be awarded are: Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, Austin, Texas; Justice for Our Neighbors Southeastern Michigan, Ann Arbor District Clinic, Livonia, Mich.; Central Florida Justice for Our Neighbors, Orlando, Fla.; Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Legal Clinics of Northern Illinois Conference, Elgin, Ill.; New York Annual Conference, Justice for Our Neighbors Project, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Rosewood United Methodist Church, Justice for Our Neighbors, Los Angeles, Calif.; Staunton District United Methodist Church, Casa De Amistad, Waynesboro, Va.; Student Action with Farm workers, Into the Fields Program, Durham, N.C.; and Valley Interfaith Project, Action for Immigration Reform:  Defending Children and Families, Phoenix, Ariz.
The one-year grants, ranging from $10,000 to $40,000, will support projects which vary in program designs from immigration legal services, educational seminars, and advocacy on immigration reform to workshops on immigrant rights and ESL classes. These efforts are expected to bring together church, direct service, and community-based organizations working to improve the lives some 12,000 (estimated) constituents who will be directly impacted by these services.
The primary mission of the CORR Action Fund is to invest in and assist churches, community organizations, Conferences, seminaries, and ecumenical bodies which nurture programs focused on dismantling racism. The CORR Action Fund will announce its expected availability of funds for next year's funding priority focus, Pastoral Leaders & Seminarians, in early spring of 2011.
To learn more about the CORR Action Fund and its ongoing philanthropic efforts and upcoming funding opportunities, please visit or contact Mary Phillips, Grants Administrator, CORR Action Fund, at

The General Commission on Religion & Race is one of six general commissions of The United Methodist Church charged with addressing specific, focused areas of concern. GCORR was established in 1968 to challenge and equip the denomination's agencies, institutions, Annual (regional) Conferences, and congregations to achieve full, equal participation of their racial and ethnic minority constituencies in the total life and mission of the denomination. GCORR's office is in The United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.