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 the 2018 PA is Ready! grants.
Read more about PA is Ready! in the Social Innovations Journal.
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.
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.