FL Dream is awarding DACA mini grants to cover the expense of the DACA fee ($465). In Florida, there are many eligible students for DACA that are in urgent need of this mini grant. Therefore, FLDream has created a mini grant to help these individuals. In order to be considered for this mini grant, individuals will have to meet a certain criteria. Not all applicants will receive a grant.
To be considered for the FL DREAM DACA Mini Grant, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
1. Demonstrate her/his financial need for supplementary income in the absence of support from family and/or other outside resources. Please note that there is no particular threshold of financial need we are considering. It is up to the applicant to decide if she/he would be a competitive applicant given her/his particular circumstances.
2. Show history of living in the South Florida community (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier and Monroe Counties).
3. Be eligible to receive DACA and have completed DACA request through one of the FL DREAM CLINICs.
4. Be in enrolled in school, have graduated from HS/GED, and/or is currently in college.
5. The $465 funds awarded to the individual can only be used to pay for the DACA request application $380 and the biometric fee of $85.
You will be evaluated based on:
• Your ability to serve as a role model to other undocumented students
• The impact of your proposed grant on your stated career, educational, and/or advocacy goal
• The clarity and cohesiveness of your grant application
• Demonstration of your financial need
It will take about 7-10 days to hear a response from the FL DREAM DACA Mini grant committee.
If chosen, you will receive an email with details on next steps.
Entire process can take up-to 30 days
Grant recipients will be required to:
• Provide their DACA receipt number
• Fill out the entire application form
• Meet criteria
FL Dream will submit the DACA request and mail it out for individuals who are awarded the FL DREAM DACA Mini grant, a Money order or cashiers check of $465 will be made to the Department of Homeland Security in the name of the DACA mini grant recipient.
There are four application sections:
1. Personal Background
2. Questions about DACA
3. Grant description
5. Media Release
We recommend that you read through the entire application, prepare your responses to the three required essays offline, fill out the short application questions online, and then paste your essays into the online application. Check for grammar and spelling.
For your convenience, the two required essay prompts are copied here. Please be descriptive and use supplemental documents such as taxes, current monthly bills, doctor's letter, as necessary (each essay is 500 words or LESS):
• How can DACA change your life?
• What challenges do you currently face that prevent you from requesting DACA?