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Columbus, OH 43215


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Columbus City Council established the Columbus Families Together Fund (CFTF) in 2017, to protect immigrant and refugee families in Central Ohio from the financial and emotional devastation that results from aggressive immigration enforcement. The CFTF will provide $275,000 total over three years to organizations that meet specified legal services needs within the immigrant community, with $175,000 allocated by the City of Columbus and an additional $100,000 in private philanthropic dollars pledged by the Vera Institute of Justice.

The CFTF is a critical need in Central Ohio. The wellbeing of our immigrant communities is intertwined with the city’s overall wellbeing. Ultimately, Columbus is a safer, more just, and more economically vibrant city for everyone when we address the needs of all our residents.

Columbus City Council is soliciting proposals from nonprofit legal service providers (LSPs) in the Central Ohio area to receive a grant of $157,500 to provide a Legal Orientation Program (LOP) to educate detained persons on their rights under immigration law and also to provide direct legal representation to detained immigrants in removal proceedings in the Cleveland Immigration Court in Cleveland, Ohio, for those persons who meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

Because an intact family is one determining factor in economic self-sufficiency and long-term child success, the CFTF also will allocate $17,500 towards additional legal services that help keep families together in the Central Ohio immigrant and refugee communities. Those services may include but are not limited to: family reunification assistance applications; applications for visas, political asylum, and U visas; and Know-Your-Rights (KYR) training sessions.

Full Request for Proposal RFP (PDF)

The deadline for submission of grant proposals is Friday, August 18, 2017, at 5:00pm EDT

Pre-Bidders’ Conferences

Organizations that are interested in submitting grant applications for CFTF grants are encouraged to attend one of two Pre-Bidders’ Conferences for an overview of the Request for Proposals and the opportunity to ask questions. All questions asked during the conferences and the answers to the questions will be posted on the Columbus City Council website and e-mailed to all organizations and individuals who RSVP to attend within 48 hours after the conclusion of the conferences. 

These will be held:

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:30pm 
  • Monday, August 7, 2017 from 9:00 - 10:30am

Columbus City Hall
90 West Broad Street, Room 225
Columbus, OH 43215


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