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WES Mariam Assefa Fund: Employer Practices

Deadline: July 7, 2021

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund seeks proposals to identify new ideas that can drive more inclusive employer practices in the U.S. and improve economic mobility for immigrants and refugees.

The Fund’s Employer Practices opportunity will provide grants to organizations to directly engage employers to:

* Shift internal talent practices to reduce bias in recruitment and hiring, build more inclusive workplaces, and invest in the advancement of incumbent immigrant and refugee talent.
* Pilot demand-driven training and education programs that connect immigrant and refugee job seekers to quality jobs, particularly in high-growth sectors.
* Build coalitions within or across sectors to advance commitments and facilitate knowledge sharing and collective action among employers.
* Assess the impact of existing employer initiatives focused on immigrant and refugee workers to identify the path forward for those solutions.

The Fund is looking for organizations that approach their work with:

* A systems change mindset. You consider how your work can lead to structural changes in the way employers are engaged in supporting economic mobility and quality jobs for immigrants and refugees.
* A learning orientation. You consider how the lessons from your work can be shared more broadly and impact the policies and/or practices of other service providers, training institutions, employers and policymakers.
* Innovation. You think about how to test new solutions or pivot existing solutions to improve employer practices, drive better employer engagement, and build more meaningful demand-led partnerships with employers.
* An intersectional lens. The way you design, implement, and evaluate your efforts seeks to meet the needs of workers facing multiple barriers to economic mobility, including racism, ableism, sexism, and other biases.
* Centering workers’ voices. Your work is designed, implemented, and evaluated in partnership with workers and you actively seek to center their perspectives and priorities in your approach. You work with employers to ensure the voices of jobseekers and employ.

Amount: Two to four grants ranging up to $150,000 each will be awarded. The award period is up to two years.

Eligibility: Organizations must be:

* Mission-driven organizations (for-profit, non-profit 501(c)3, 4, or 6, or fiscally sponsored organization), whose work is aligned with at least one of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund’s four impact goals: 1) Build the case for solutions that advance equitable economic mobility for immigrants and refugees; 2) Deepen the bench of leaders from immigrant communities and communities of color; 3) Accelerate the uptake of worker-centered innovations; and 4) Grow the movement to foster welcoming, inclusive, and equitable workplaces and communities
* Registered and doing work in the U.S. or based outside of the U.S. but leading work in the U.S.
* Committed to ensuring immigrant and refugee workers can access good jobs, achieve their career goals, and participate in inclusive, equitable economies.
* An organization whose leadership team and staff reflect the communities you serve and bring lived experience from immigrant and refugee communities and communities of color.
* Not currently receiving funding from the WES Mariam Assefa Fund.

Link: https://www.wes.org/fund/us-funding-opportunity-employer-practices/

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