Entrepreneurship Fund

Entrepreneurship Fund

“This grant gave me the confidence to take my business to the next level, to create a space to help others and, most importantly, to grow as a social entrepreneur.” — Maria Mendez, Entrepreneurship Fund Grantee

Immigrants Rising’s Entrepreneurship Fund provides grants to undocumented entrepreneurs working to create positive social change.

The Fund showcases the talents of undocumented young people and amplifies the positive impact of their work. In 2018, we will award $250,000 in funding through $5,000 to $50,000 one-year grants. Grantees will also be offered support and guidance from professional advisors as well as opportunities to network with other undocumented entrepreneurs.

Six undocumented entrepreneurs have already received grants and support from the Entrepreneurship Fund, previously called the Fund for Undocumented Social Entrepreneurs (FUSE). Read profiles of our Previous Entrepreneurship Fund Grantees.

We welcome proposals for entrepreneurial projects that address a variety of needs, target diverse populations, and employ different strategies. We are open to supporting projects that serve and advocate for undocumented people as well as ones with broader potential impact. Projects can be non-profit or for-profit initiatives—or hybrid projects that include both nonprofit and for-profit components. Most importantly, projects must create positive social change and must be designed and led by undocumented young people.

Applicants must be born outside of the United States and cannot be U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR). Applicants do not need to be eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to qualify.

The Fund is made possible with generous support from Chavez Family Foundation; The Grove Foundation; James Gutierrez; Elise Haas, Robert and Colleen Haas; Jeff Hawkins; Jorge Ramos; Unbound Philanthropy; and Elisha Wiesel. Read profiles of our Entrepreneurship Fund Supporters.


Preliminary applications are due October 4, 2018.

Those who want to learn more should reach out directly to Jose Diaz, Entrepreneurship Fellow for Immigrants Rising, at jdiaz@immigrantsrising.org

SER National: Job Announcement!

TITLE: Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Health & Nutrition Coordinator
REPORTS TO:  Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Director

TO APPLY, EMAIL: tmorales@ser-national.org
SUMMARY: The Health & Nutrition Coordinator will manage and ensure that SER EHS-CCP provides high-quality health, oral health, mental health, and nutrition services that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and that will support each child’s growth and school readiness. Responsible for establishing and maintaining a Health Services Advisory Committee that includes Head Start parents, professionals, and other volunteers from the community.   Collaborate with parents as partners in the health and well-being of their children and communicate with parents about their child’s health needs and development concerns in a timely and effective manner. Identify children enrolled or children who intend to enroll in the program who may be eligible for services under IDEA. Collaborate with parents of children with disabilities, including but not limited to children eligible for services under IDEA. Assist parents to access services and resources for their family. Coordinate and collaborate with local agencies responsible for implementing IDEA.



  • Oversee and monitor to ensure that each childcare partner is meeting the nutritional needs of each child and accommodates the feeding require­ments of children with special dietary needs and children with disabilities.
  • Ensure family style meals are served §1302.31(e)(2).
  • Monitors classrooms to ensure: that food is an integral part of the total education program; that mealtime atmosphere is conducive to socialization and content area learning; and, that the quality, quantity and size of food served is appropriate to the ages of the children.
  • Provide information, referral, and coordinating efforts to link staff and families to appropriate community resources.
  • Ensure that meals are planned in advanced to reduce the need for food substitution, when substitutions are necessary recommends foods of equivalent nutritional value.
  • Develops and monitors the provision of special diets for children with documented food allergies or other feeding problems or special nutritional needs, consulting with children’s doctor as necessary.
  • Provides technical assistance to staff on maintaining records of the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP), as needed.
  • Determines the training needs of staff, parents and children and develops and/or delivers nutrition education including development of appropriate resources.


  • Will ensure that within 30 calendar days after a child first attends the program, that each child has ongoing sources of continuous, accessible health care and health insurance coverage.
  • Will ensure that within 45 calendar days after a child first attends the program, the child is screened for vision and hearing.
  • Will ensure that within 90 calendar days after a child first attends the program, a determination is obtained as to whether or not the child is up-to-date on a schedule for preventive and primary medical and oral health care.
  • Provide guidance to Site Managers regarding the assessment and follow-up of safety concerns and hazards.
  • Provide clarification and technical support to all staff in implementing all Health and Safety policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate training for parents and volunteers in these specific areas:
    • CPR/First Aid certification
    •  Hearing and Vision screening
    •  OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standards
    •  USDA/CACFP training
    •  Occupational Health and Safety
    •  Child Safety
    •  Emergency Preparedness
  • Maintain relationships and collaborate with the medical and dental communities and other community health agencies and partners.
  • Participate in community health related events, work groups, and initiatives.
  • Serves as a member of the program’s Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, Social Services, Health and or Nutrition focus preferred.
  • At least one year of related experience, with emphasis on training and knowledge of community health/nutrition resources.
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Valid Driver’s License, reliable transportation.
  • Minimum two years’ experience working with children birth to 3 years old
  • Ability to communicate effectively – verbally and in writing
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience working with diverse groups and populations
  • Knowledgeable of community resources
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred


  1. Drug screen
  2. Background Check
  3. Driver’s Record
  4. Fingerprinting
  5. Health Check

SER National is an equal opportunity employer