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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits to Provide Support for
Free Legal Information Hotlines for State Residents

Telephone Advice and Referral Services Grant

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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 increase access to justice for residents throughout the state. Funding is intended for regional hotlines that offer free legal advice and information. Eligible uses of funding include operating costs, such as employee salaries and benefits, and other expenses directly related to the provision of advice and referral services to callers. Hotlines must serve either Cook County or have a designated service area of at least 25 Illinois counties.

A regional legal services hotline is an Illinois-based not-for-profit organization that:

  • Provides callers with general information on how to use the legal system;
  • Offers free legal advice and self-help materials to low-income callers;
  • Refers low-income callers to appropriate civil legal services providers; and
  • Provides coordinated intake and referral services.

Grants will be made to support the operating expenses of regional legal services hotlines. These operating expenses include staff salaries and benefits, as well as other costs directly related to providing advice and referral services to callers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144783

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In the Telephone Advice and Referral Services category, the IEJF will only consider applications from Illinois-based not-for-profit organizations that:
- Provide free legal advice and referral services to low-income persons.
- Serve Cook County or have a designated service area of at least 25 Illinois Counties.
- Provide legal advice and referral services on one or more civil legal issues.
- Use licensed attorneys to provide legal services to callers.

The IEJF will not make grants to support the client screening and intake systems of individual legal services programs if they do not provide direct service in the form of legal advice, brief services, and/or referral.

Limitations:
- Funds appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly, including funds distributed by the IEJF, may not be spent on a sectarian purpose.
- Said funds may not be used for the purpose of lobbying; encouraging political activities, labor or anti-labor activities, boycotts, picketing, strikes or demonstrations; or investigative or legal compliance activities related to a pending dispute.
- A recipient may not use funds received under the Illinois Equal Justice Act to file an individual action or class action under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act or other labor laws.
- No more than 10% of grants awarded by the IEJF can be used for overhead costs. Failure to abide by this may jeopardize future funding from the IEJF.

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

Grant payments will be disbursed in December, April, and June. Payments are dependent on receipt of funds from the state.

General 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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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Cook County or a service area of at least 25 Illinois counties.

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