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Grants to Washington Civil Justice Organizations
for Assistance to Low-Income Individuals

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW)

Deadline Date:

08/15/21

Description:

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Grants to Washington civil legal aid organizations for services and programs that assist low-income individuals and families throughout the state. Grant funds may be used for general operating support. Priority is given to programs and services that aid vulnerable individuals, families and groups who experience multiple barriers to accessing the justice system and who require specialized focus in areas where other legal aid providers are unable to meet the existing need.

Guidelines:

  • LFW gives greater weight to applicants with a prior history of high-quality service delivery.
  • LFW gives greater weight to applicants who work to develop cooperative efforts between Foundation grantees within a service area.
  • LFW prefers to fund applicants who can demonstrate community support for their projects.
  • LFW funds programs that promote equity, through client service advocacy and within their organizational practices. 
  • LFW funds applicants to achieve broad geographic and demographic distribution of funds throughout the state.
  • LFW favors leveraging funds by using volunteers and by seeking diverse funding sources (such as attorney fees, city and county funding and other grants) to the extent those efforts do not conflict with participation in the unified state fundraising Campaign for Equal Justice. 
  • LFW seeks to fund a mix of applicants that provide individual representation and applicants that engage in systemic advocacy on behalf of low-income communities.
  • LFW encourages the development of new and innovative programs that will have a broad impact on the legal problems of low-income people.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145448

Estimated Size of Grant:

2020 grants ranged from $55,000 to $3.6 million.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Civil legal aid organizations serving low-income people in Washington may apply.

Clients must be low-income in order to receive services funded by LFW. Low-income is defined to be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Exceptions must be authorized by LFW.

LFW will not fund individuals, political campaigns, religious organizations for the purpose of furthering their religion, or constitutionally mandated legal services.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines: Letters of Intent are due by August 15 each year.

If an applicant is seeking an Annual Grant for the first time, LFW has a two-step process. New applicants submit a Letter of Inquiry via the LFW Grant Portal, due August 15. After review by the LFW Board of Trustees, applicants may be invited to submit a full application, which is due mid-October. LFW will review your application and reach out if additional information is needed. After careful consideration by LFW’s staff and Board of Trustees, you will be notified if your proposal is approved or denied.

- Application Assistance: https://legalfoundation.org/grants-toolkit/
- Application Information: https://legalfoundation.org/current-opportunities/
- Eligibility: https://legalfoundation.org/who-we-fund/

Contact Information:

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

Online application: https://www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=lfw

Questions?
Contact LFW Grants Coordinator Arielle Handforth
arielle@legalfoundation.org

Legal Foundation of Washington
1325 4th Avenue, Suite 1335
Seattle, WA 98101-2509

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