The Illinois Funders DACA Relief Initiative

The Illinois Funders DACA Relief Initiative (IDRI) is a short-term collaborative fund. It is designed to respond to the need for action by and capacity-building for nonprofits that seek to assist youth and young adults eligible for relief under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA allows some immigrants to apply for a temporary shield from deportation, enabling them to live and work legally in the United States. IDRI began in 2012 and will extend through July 2015. IDRI is a special project of The Chicago Community Trust, which serves as its fiscal sponsor.

Grant Making Partners
  • Chicago Bar Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Fund for New Citizens of the New York Community Trust
  • The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
  • Roy G. Kerr Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Wieboldt Foundation
  • Woods Fund of Chicago

Two foundations that prefer to remain anonymous also partner with IDRI.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Alice Cottingham, IDRI project manager, at or 708.609.9981.


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IDRI Grants, Convenings and Upcoming RFP

IDRI released a Request for Proposals on July 1, 2014, with new grants to be awarded in September 2014. Grants will support community education campaigns about DACA, DACA legal services, and technical assistance and training for legal service providers to strengthen their DACA work. Qualified Illinois nonprofit organizations should complete the IDRI application form and email it, with required attachments, to by 5:00 p.m. (Central) on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Since late 2012, twenty-four nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Chicago have received more than $800,000 from IDRI. See the complete grants list online

From time to time, IDRI also convenes meetings of stakeholders. In March 2014, it hosted presentations by Roberto Gonzales, Ph.D. about early findings from his longitudinal research about DACA's impact in the lives of beneficiaries. In June 2014, IDRI hosted a meeting of Asian American organizations about strengthening DACA outreach in API communities.