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Member Benefits

NYIC Member organizations have access to a wealth of benefits. Click on the hyperlinks below or scroll down the page to learn about current, upcoming and recent benefits for Member organizations. 

NYIC membership confers many benefits and advantages. Click here for a comprehensive list of the recent benefits and the organizational beneficiaries.

  1. Hosting an NYIC VISTA
  2. Funding Opportunities 
  3. Immigrant Concerns Training Institute
  4. Leadership/Organizational Development
  5. Hosting a Social Work Intern



During the beginning of the calendar year, the NYIC provides its Members with an opportunity to apply to be a host site for a NYIC VISTA. NYIC VISTAs are AmeriCorps VISTAs who - through the NYIC - engage in full-time paraprofessional service for 12 months at a host organization, where they work on capacity-building projects in support of the host organization's immigrant-focused anti-poverty programs/services. The capacity-building projects that NYIC VISTAs can work on include coalition-building, communications, community outreach, fundraising, program development and volunteer management. 



During the course of each year, the NYIC provides its Member organizations with several opportunities to apply for grants/regrants. See below for current Requests for Interest (RFI) and Requests for Proposals (RFP) open to Member organizations. 

Current Opportunities 
Click on the hyperlinked titles to learn more information and apply.

  • RFI: Rapid Response Funding, This is Our New York Campaign
    Grant to support organizations participating in the This is Our New York campaign, which is coordinating response efforts around protecting and promoting the interests of immigrants in wake of the 2016 presidential election. 
         -  Awards are anticipated to range from $5,000 to $50,000
         -  The deadline for 
    proposals is currently open-ended.
  • Black Immigrant Engagement Initiative 2018-2019
    Grant to support community-based organizations and legal service providers working with New York's African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx immigrant communities.
          - Application form available soon! 
  • Free Cybersecurity Training for Member Organizations
    Online course to help organizations build a solid foundation for those looking to significantly improve their literacy around digital security. 
    Access the course via Whole Whale University. Contact membership@nyic.org to get the 100% discount code.

Select Past Opportunities from the Last 12-Month Period
Click on the hyperlinked titles to learn more. 



The NYIC's Immigrant Concerns Training Institute (ICTI) provides trainings to attorneys and organizations in support of effective immigration legal services. The institute offers both Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and non-CLE trainings, in addition to trainings related to obtaining Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accreditation. To view the ICTI training calendar, please click here.

NYIC Member organizations can enjoy the following benefits related to the ICTI:  

  • Training Discount

    * ONA - New York State Office for New Americans

  • Technical Assistance
    Member organization staff are welcome to contact the ICTI for advice on how to resolve immigration legal questions. Member organizations seeking technical assistance should contact Immigrant Services Support Training Associate Erica Watson at




The NYIC provides its Members with opportunities to participate in leadership development and networking programs and events during the course of the year. See below for upcoming opportunities:

  • Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP) 
    ICLP is a leadership development program run by CORO in partnership with the NYIC. It works to train emerging leaders in their development as advocates for immigrant communities. Member organizations will be prioritized for many of the program's spots.

  • Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI)
    SEI is an organizational development programs that trains and mentors organizations in learning how to integrate volunteers into all areas of their organization and develop effective volunteer management practices. SEI is a program of Points of Light, and is being offered to NYIC Members for free due to a partnership between NYC Service and the NYIC. 




The NYIC supports its Member organizations in being able to apply to host student social work interns for free from the Columbia University School of Social Work and the New York University Silver School of Social Work. The social work interns provide 600 hours to their host sites during the course of academic year and can work on projects related to advocacy, case management, community outreach, counseling, direct service, fundraising, policy analysis, program development, and research/data collection. 


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