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 immediate 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 July 2012 and will end January 31, 2014. IDRI is a special project of The Chicago Community Trust, which serves as its fiscal sponsor.

Grant Making Partners
  • Alphawood Foundation Chicago
  • Chicago Bar Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Wieboldt Foundation
  • Woods Fund of Chicago

Contact Us

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


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IDRI Grants List

In December 2012, the initiative announced $276,700 in grant support to 22 nonprofits providing legal services and public education to youth and young adult immigrants.

In May 2013, the initiative awarded an additional $197,200 in grants to 14 immigrant-serving nonprofits for legal services to young immigrants and for early planning and coordination related to immigration reform policy proposals.

See the complete grants list online