DACA Scholarship Assistance

Through a partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs (OIRA) and Facebook, El Centro de la Raza will administer DACA scholarship funds on a first-come first-serve basis until funds run out. Successful DACA scholarship grantees will receive a check made out to the Department of Homeland Security to submit with their DACA renewal application. View our flier here.

Scholarship funds are available to individuals who:

  • Have or previously had DACA status AND
  • Have a completed DACA renewal application AND
  • Who reside in Seattle or work in Seattle or go to school in Seattle.
  • There is no minimum or maximum income requirement.

While USCIS recommends filing for renewal between 150 and 120 days from when your DACA expires, requests received earlier than 150 days and up to 365 days in advance are currently being accepted. However, this could result in an overlap between your current DACA and your renewal.

Schedule a Phone Appointment Only (no walk-ins):

DACA Scholarship Application:

  • You must have completed this scholarship application before your phone appointment: Download in Word here or PDF here.
  • You must have completed your DACA renewal application and have a copy of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) available during your appointment.
  • The address on your scholarship application must be the same as the address on your DACA renewal application.

DACA Renewal Resources:

“The Seattle community has long led the way on supporting immigrants and immigrant communities,” says El Centro executive director Estela Ortega. “From the 1970s when my late husband and Seattle ‘Amigo’ Roberto Maestas led the occupation of the old Beacon Hill School to today with El Centro now providing affordable housing and community services, immigrants have always been what makes America great.”

To learn more, applicants can contact Dulce Gutierrez Vasquez at dgvasquez@elcentrodelaraza.org or (206) 957-4605.

Human & Emergency Services

Delivering services to meet immediate needs of hunger, homelessness and healthcare coverage. The Frances Martinez Community Service Center provides basic and emergency services to families.

Emergency Resources

-King County Emergency Food Access Resources https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/emergency-food.aspx or https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/protection/spanish.aspx
-Office of the Mayor Information & Resources http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19
-Seattle City Council Information & Resources http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/coronavirus-/-covid-19-information-and-resources
-Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19 https://dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus/financial-resources
-Pacific Northwest Covid-19 Resource List https://www.enterprisecommunity.org/blog/pacific-northwest-covid-19-resource-list

-Employment Security Department https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

Relief Funds:
-DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/emergency-assistance-programs/disaster-cash-assistance-program
-Relief fund for undocumented communities and rent assistance https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIwahDKWA76bzM2uhOP4BsNO41CvWKq2sdUBy0C5AK1Qjc4g/viewform
-Relief fund for undocumented families in WA https://www.scholarshipjunkies.org/relief#aid
-Emergency Funds from Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfs3vK0E-xPqYUG3P_vRtZbCfzE8-J9GmEfunanb0bX76uSmg/viewform
-Relief fund for students http://myscholly.com/relief/

Rent, Housing & Eviction Information:
-Tenant Law Center https://ccsww.org/get-help/specialized-services/tenant-law-center/
Letter to Landlord Template
-Rent Assistance via United Way of King County* https://www.uwkc.org/renthelp/ (*the application period has ended, but more funding may become available so please visit their website for how to receive updates on the process)

Legal Assistance:
LBAW Immigration Attorney Referral List
-Dispute Resolution Center of King County (mediation services only, no legal advice). Contact Teresita Zamora (206) 443-9603 x 103 or teresitaz@kcdrc.org.

Tax Preparation:
-Self-filing Online for Free www.MyFreeTaxes.com or call United Way of King County’s toll-free hotline at 1-833-540-0800 for assistance navigating MyFreeTaxes.com
-Virtual Tax Preparation Service via United Way of King County www.FreeTaxExperts.org
-Neither of the listed options above support ITIN filers. United Way of King County is working on a solution and we will share it as soon as there is a plan in place.
-IRS Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15th https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020

Medical & Healthcare:
-Alien Emergency Medical COVID-19 Coverage Expansion https://welcoming.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/alien-emergency-medical-COVID19-policy-3-18-2020.pdf
-Washington Healthplan Finder https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/_content/Homepage.html

School Related:
-List of schools providing free meals www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources/student_meals
-Comcast Internet Essentials Program https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

Utility Assistance:
-Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) & Seattle City Light (SCL) deferred payment program http://www.seattle.gov/utilities/about-us/email-question
-Utility Discount Program http://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program

Restaurant Workers:
-The Plate Fund https://www.theplatefund.com/apply

Small Business Support:
-City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund http://www.seattle.gov/office-of-economic-development/small-business/small-business-programs-/stabilization-fund-
-Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form–paycheck-protection-program-ppp-sample-application-form-0
-SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
-HomeSight Small Business Support Grant Program https://homesightwa.org/community-development/small-business-support-grant
-Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/covid-grants/
-Small Business Resiliency Assistance http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/small-business-resiliency-assistance/
-FaceBook Small Business Grant and Ad Credits https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grant