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Legal Assistance to State Residents

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Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF)

Deadline Date:

08/15/22

Description:

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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations to provide information about the legal system to residents throughout the state. Priority will be given to certain activities, including those designated to help vulnerable populations. Funding is intended for the operation of legal information centers and for legal information projects.

The IEJF will make grants to support:

  • Operating costs for legal information centers and legal information projects, including personnel costs.
  • The creation and distribution of legal information and self-help materials.

The IEJF will consider support for two types of projects:

  • Legal Information Centers: Legal information centers are designed to operate as a “starting point” for people who are considering the use of the legal system to resolve a problem. A legal information center will offer printed, video and/or Internet-based materials on topics such as the operation of the court system; how to obtain legal representation; legal rights and responsibilities in various substantive areas of the law; and alternatives to litigation. Legal information centers should be located in libraries, courthouses, or other locations that are accessible to the public. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, virtual information centers and projects under this category will be considered.
  • Legal Information Projects: Legal Information projects are efforts that complement legal information centers by helping Illinois residents who are unable to obtain or do not have legal representation to understand and resolve their legal problems in accordance with applicable law and court procedures.  Legal information projects can include:  the preparation and distribution of self-help packets that include legal information, forms and instructions; pro se classes taught by attorneys; and/or other creative efforts to help give Illinois residents the information and resources to resolve their legal problems on their own when appropriate. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, virtual information projects and projects under this category will be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144780

Term of Contract:

The grant period will be September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In the Legal Information for the Public category, the IEJF will only consider applications from Illinois-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations that:
- Are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Provide services to Illinois residents in one or more of the five areas set forth in the “Purposes” section. To determine if a particular project qualifies for a grant, see the specific guidelines for each of the five categories noted above.
- Provide services to low-income people free of charge or on a sliding scale based on income. Low-income is defined as a household income of up to 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. Applicants who charge fees for their legal services are required to provide the IEJF with a copy of their fee schedule. However, legal information for the public, self-help legal assistance and mediation services must be provided free of charge.

In the Legal Information for the Public category, the IEJF will not consider proposals for:
- Telephone-based services;
- Civil legal services programs’ efforts to provide legal information and self-help assistance as part of their screening and intake systems;
- General efforts to inform the public about the law, such as Law Day activities; the development and dissemination of law-related curricula to schools; essay contests; or other community legal education initiatives that are not designed to help people address specific legal problems;
- Legal information and self-help projects involving issues of criminal law.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- July 8, 2022: Applications are available at www.iejf.org.
- August 15, 2022: Completed applications & proposals due
- September/October 2022: Grant review & site visits
- December 2022: Board decisions announced

Guidelines: https://iejf.org/grants/guidelines/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=IEJF

If you have any questions, please direct them to Program Officer Tyrina Newkirk at tnewkirk@iejf.org.

Illinois Equal Justice Foundation
180 North Stetson, Suite 820
Chicago, Illinois 60601

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