Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

PA is Ready!

 PICC is proud to coordinate PA is Ready!, an innovative, community-led, capacity building initiative and grants program. PA is Ready! encourages collaboration between community-based organizations and service providers to build the capacity of local community organizations to provide Pennsylvania immigrant communities with the information, services, and legal assistance they need. Now in its third year, PA is Ready! uses a grantmaking process that puts decision-making in the hands of organizers and service providers who collectively determine funding priorities, selection criteria, and grant decisions.  PA is Ready! is coordinated by the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and The Philadelphia Foundation hosts the pooled fund and provides technical assistance, fundraising support, and coordination around donor education.

Read more about PA is Ready! in the Social Innovations Journal.

2018 PA is Ready! Grants

Following an evaluation and reflection process with current and past grantees, PA is Ready! created a funding framework for 2018 that reflects the changing needs of immigrant and refugee communities in Pennsylvania. Organizations applied for Community Safety Grants, Strategic Legal Partner Grants, or Collaborative Project-based Grants.

Community Safety Grant recipients will implement a coordinated, community-based response to heightened immigration enforcement that aims to educate community members and allies about immigrant rights, support for immigrant neighbors, and building immigrant leadership and organizing strength. Funded organizations serving a wide range of communities will form a learning cohort that will convene regularly throughout the year. Recipients and their service areas are:

  • Asian Americans United (AAU), Philadelphia County
  • Casa San Jose, Pittsburgh and surrounding counties
  • Church World Service-Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
  • Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA), Chester County
  • Movement of Immigrant Leaders of Pennsylvania (MILPA), Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin and York Counties
  • VietLead, Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

The following Strategic Legal Partners will work with the above organizations to identify and provide legal support for public campaigns centered on individual immigration cases.

  • Free Migration Project
  • HIAS Pennsylvania
  • Justice at Work (formerly Friends of Farmworkers, Incs.)
  • Nationalities Service Center
  • Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

Finally, legal services and community-based organizations will partner on Collaborative Projects to increase access to legal information and services in their communities. Grant recipients and their service areas are:

  • Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh and Jewish Family & Community Services, Allegheny County
  • Ceiba and Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, Philadelphia County
  • Coalition of African and Caribbean Communities (AFRICOM) and Nationalities Service Center, Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Chester Counties
  • Immigrant Rights Action Group of Doylestown and HIAS PA, Bucks, Montgomery Counties
  • International Service Center and Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, Dauphin and York Counties
  • Juntos and Nationalities Service Center, Philadelphia County
  • Project Libertad and HIAS PA, Chester and Montgomery Counties

PA is Ready! would not be possible without the support of our local and national donors:  Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation, Claneil Foundation, JPB Foundation, Lancaster County Community Foundation, Patricia Kind Family Foundation, S. Albert Fund, Samuel S. Fels Fund, The Philadelphia Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Open Society Foundations.

In addition to its grant program, PA is Ready! will continue to develop community education materials and coordinate regional and statewide trainings to help build the capacity of community-led grassroots organizations.

PA is Ready! Grantee Portal: This portal contains training resources, educational materials, and other materials for current grantees.

For more information, please contact Sundrop Carter, Executive Director.

October 2017: PA is Ready! grantees meet with donors from the Philadelphia area at a gathering hosted by The Philadephia Foundation.

PA is Ready! Background

In September 2014, PICC began convening member and partner organizations in anticipation of then President Obama enacting an Executive Order creating new forms of administrative relief for undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. which was expected to protect almost 5 million undocumented immigrants. These organizations came together and created PA is Ready! as a vehicle for providing quality, high-volume services across Pennsylvania. Members developed a service model that would ensure that Pennsylvania immigrant community members had access to the information and assistance they needed to apply for both existing and anticipated forms of relief, and began raising funds to support collaborative projects utilizing the service model. Despite the Supreme Court’s tie vote in June 2016 that halted the implementation of new forms of administrative relief, the PA is Ready! coalition pressed forward in recognition of the many already unmet needs of immigrant communities across the Commonwealth.