Immigration Litigation Fund


The Immigration Litigation Fund (ILF) is a national fund whose goal is to ensure that the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. ILF believes that litigation is an essential tool in achieving public policy and social change on immigration issues. The Fund’s grantmaking prioritizes litigation efforts that are connected to, and coordinated with, immigrant communities and organizations.

The fund supports litigation focused on ensuring that the rights of immigrants are protected and promoting greater fairness and accountability in the nation’s immigration enforcement systems. ILF supports litigation that addresses discriminatory, unlawful and overly punitive practices at any stage of the enforcement trajectory, from identification and apprehension to detention, removal or exclusion of immigrants.

In 2017, ILF’s funding will prioritize litigation that focuses on immigrants who will likely be targeted, especially those who are labeled “criminals” and others who will be considered top priorities in removal efforts.

Grantmaking Model

The ILF provides funding in three areas: 1) Litigation support; 2) Travel; and 3) Convenings.

Generally, grants to cover these costs should be unanticipated and related to an urgent need

Both public interest legal groups and community-based organizations are encouraged to apply if they are engaged in current or proposed litigation efforts. While the fund encourages joint funding requests from litigators and organizers, public interest legal groups and community organizations can apply separately.

The goal of ILF is to provide support for unanticipated, but urgent needs related to immigration litigation. With that in mind, we anticipate making grants in the range of up to $5,000 for travel related expenses and $15,000 – $50,000 for convening and litigation support related costs.

Funding Priorities

For more information on the focus of the ILF’s grantmaking, please  download the ILF funding priorities.

How to Apply

ILF ended its first round of grantmaking on August 15, 2017. ILF will begin accepting applications for its second round of grantmaking on Friday, September 15, 2017.

There will also be changes to ILF’s grantmaking priorities and guidelines.  Before applying to fund, please review the new funding priorities and ILF FAQ’s that will be posted on September 15th.

Funding requests will be reviewed starting September 15th. Requests will be reviewed and processed as they are received. Once approved, Borealis processes grants electronically and grantees can opt to have funds directly deposited.

Borealis anticipates that the entire grant process will take 30 days or less from the time of submission of the brief application form.

Organizations interested in applying for an ILF grant can submit an application through our grant portal.

Please carefully review the ILF funding priorities and ILF FAQs before submitting an application. 

Frequently Asked Questions

For more details on the ILF grantmaking process and eligibility, please  download the ILF FAQs.

Supporting the Immigration Litigation Fund

If you are a foundation or a donor interested in learning about how you can make a contribution to the ILF or become a partner in the fund, please fill out this contact form and our team will get back to you.