Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund

The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund (DILSF) is a special project fund at The Denver Foundation. DILSF was developed following an executive order signed by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock in August 2017, pledging support for immigrants and refugees, including an estimated 55,000 unauthorized immigrants who live in Denver. Many of these immigrants work and are connected to family members with varying types of legal status. Legal status is the primary barrier to successful integration into the U.S. for immigrants, yet access to and affordability of legal representation create significant challenges.

DILSF funds qualified organizations that provide direct legal representation to low-income, unauthorized individuals who are current residents of Denver and are subject to potential deportation. Resources can also be used to help nonprofits expand the pool of pro bono or low-bono attorneys to provide assistance.

More than $755,000 has been distributed to local nonprofit organizations since the inception of the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund in 2018. As a result of funding from DILSF, these organizations have provided direct legal representation to hundreds of immigrants in detention, provided affirmative relief services, and expanded the capacity of immigration attorneys in the Denver Metro region. 

Read A Brief Report on the DISLF 

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Grants Process

The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund is currently accepting applications for the 2020 grant cycle. The Request for Proposals includes detailed information about eligibility requirements and further information about what DILSF prioritizes in its funding. Applications to this fund are currently closed.

Eligible nonprofit organizations can apply through The Denver Foundation’s online grant application portal. There is detailed information included on this page about how to register and apply.


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