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SEIRN has created the Cultivating Resistance Fund to support groups and organizations seeking to strengthen and amplify their community organizing efforts; and/or build solidarity with other immigrant, refugee, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities.


In order to apply for a mini-grant groups and organizations must:

  • Be an active SEIRN member for at least 3 months by the time of applying for a mini-grant. For joint proposals, the organization requesting and receiving the funds should be a SEIRN member. 

  • Be a grassroots group or a non-profit organization with a budget not exceeding $500,000. 

  • Request funds to support community organizing efforts or efforts to build solidarity with other immigrant/refugee/Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities. 

  • Guarantee that NONE of the funds will be used for any partisan purposes.


  • Third mini-grant cycle:

    • The applications will open on April 15th and close on May 30th at 5:00 pm ET

    • Award notifications will go out the first week of July.

    • Processing of awards is expected to be completed by mid-July, contingent upon the prompt submission of required paperwork by organizations/ groups. 

  • Fourth mini-grant cycle: 

    • ​The applications for the fourth mini-grant cycle will open on August 7th and close on September 6th at 5:00 pm ET.

    • Award notifications for the 4th cycle will go out by mid October.

    • Processing of awards is expected to be completed by early November, contingent upon the prompt submission of required paperwork by organizations/ groups.

Interested groups will need to fill out the application form detailing the purpose of the project, goals, and a simple budget.

Groups and organizations outside North Carolina can apply for a maximum of $2,000, and groups in North Carolina can apply for a maximum of $5,000. Joint proposals of 2 or more groups will be prioritized and considered for higher mini-grant amounts. 

Not every group that applies will receive a mini-grant and not every group will receive the amount they are requesting.

The Cultivating Resistance Fund Selection Committee will evaluate the applications and approve or deny the mini-grant request.

Groups that have received a grant can reapply the following cycle; however, priority will be given to groups that have not yet received a grant. 

Each group that receives a mini-grant will need to sign a grant agreement letter listing how the funds will be used and guaranteeing that the funds will not be used for partisan purposes. 


The date to submit the report will be listed on the agreement letter. Groups will receive a form to complete as a report a month before the reports are due. 


Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition, AL • *Asheboro Latinxs Services, NC • Buford Highway People's Hub, GA • Comité de Acción Popular, NC • Comunidad Vida Nueva, NC • Dreamers Mothers in Action, VA • Familias Unidas en Acción, LA • Fuerza Latina Unida para Triunfar, NC • Home is Here NOLA, LA • Justicia y Esperanza, NC • Mä hñäkihu Language Preservation, NC • *Mujerxs Organizando Oportunidades Notables, NC • People's Power Lab, NC • Somos South Georgia, GA • The Living Hope Wheelchair Association, TX • Unidxs Western North Carolina, NC • Valores, NC • Watauga County Immigrant Justice Coalition, NC • *Women Working Together, FL​

*Received a mini-grant in the 1st and 2nd cycle


Cat Bao Le, SEAC Village and SEIRN Board Member, NC • Dulce Morales, Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción, NC • Kosar Kosar, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and SEIRN Board Member, TN •

Leticia Casildo, Familias Unidas en Acción, LA • Maria Jimenez, Comité de Acción Popular, NC •  Nayely Pérez-Huerta, SEIRN, NC • 

Veronica Zavaleta, Unidas Sin Fronteras, TN


Nayely Pérez-Huerta: • 919-341-9796

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