Welcoming America is expanding its reach in rural communities. Through a competitive initiative, we will engage nine new rural communities in strengthening welcoming. Through technical assistance and coaching; free Welcoming America membership; and access to ongoing learning opportunities, participating communities will build inclusion and become part of the Welcoming movement.
Applications Are Due November 29th at 5pm ET
How do you define “Welcoming”?
Welcoming communities connect new residents to their neighbors and to local government, creating a climate where immigrants and refugees become deeply involved in their community and invest their time, money, and hopes.
Being a welcoming community is about inviting new Americans to join in building strong and prosperous communities and resisting fear and division.
Rural Welcoming Initiative Benefits and Commitments
Information on benefits and commitments can be found on Welcoming America's blog.
In order to be eligible for the Rural Welcoming Initiative, organizations must be:
A nonprofit or government entity working at the local, community-based level.
Population less than 50,000 in a city that is not considered a suburb of a metropolitan area.
Commitment to engaging immigrant and/or refugee populations in your work. Intentionally using welcoming approaches to build community connections or understanding, including bridging divides between immigrants, refugees, and longer-term residents. Learn more about the commitments and selection criteria on Welcoming America’s blog
Forms must be completed by end of day Friday, November, 29th.
Award recipients will be notified by Friday, December 20th
More information on Welcoming America and its programs can be found at welcomingamerica.org. Questions can be directed to Molly Hilligoss (firstname.lastname@example.org).