IPC’s One-Immigrant-at-a-Time (OIAT) program provides self-development grants to documented, low-income immigrants, refugees and asylees from around the world who are living in Colorado.
Since its founding in 2009, IPC has made grants to immigrants from more than 28 countries, including Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, India, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, The Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam and others.
Grants are for citizenship and “green card” applications, learning English, professional certifications, GED preparation, tools for work, travel to medical internship interviews, and more.
Referring Professionals submit grant recipients through an on-line portal (click Here to view the application). Current Referring Professionals come from Emily Griffith Technical College, Lutheran Family Services, Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, Spring International Language Center, The Village Institute and Hands to the Future. Grant funding goes to the agency that will help the immigrants reach their dreams.
An example of a young man who received a OIAT grant is Muktar, a refugee from Ethiopia, who graduated as a petroleum engineer at the Colorado School of Mines in 2021.