Jorge Ramos partners on fund for undocumented entrepreneurs

A new project to help encourage social endeavors led by undocumented men and women was announced this week by a consortium of partners including Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos. The project is designed to support the entrepreneurial pursuits of the nearly 4.5 million young people without legal status in the United States.

The fund—titled FUSE (Fund for Undocumented Social Entrepreneurs)—will extend grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 for a total of up to $250,000 this year to applicants who were born outside the United States or are not a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident. The grants will be issued to applicants regardless of their DACA status.

The aim of the project, organizers say, is to showcase the creativity and contributions of the growing number of young people who are often otherwise ineligible for such support given their legal status. The project is an extension of Educators for Fair Consideration, a San Francisco-based nonprofit group dedicated to empowering “young people to pursue their dreams of college, career, and citizenship in the United States.” Ramos was a supporter of the program and decided to extend further support to expand the reach of the group’s mission.

“In this political climate nothing is more important than telling the truth about the enormous contributions of undocumented immigrants to our country,” Ramos said in a statement. “FUSE will serve as a tool for them to show their creativity and their commitment to this nation.”

Grant money from the fund can be directed to either non-or for-profit initiatives, so long as they “strengthen families and build community,” “advance educational achievement,” “broaden economic opportunities,” or “improve public health or the environment.” The most important condition is that the projects create positive social change and are designed by undocumented young people, FUSE says. Applications to the grant are being received through August 5 at the initiative’s website.