Foundation / Corporation
Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW)
08/31/18 - New applicants only; Returning grantees may apply by 09/14/2018
Grants to Washington legal aid organizations for services and programs that assist low-income individuals and families throughout the state. The purpose of this program is to foster the growth of the state’s legal aid network and to help low-income and vulnerable individuals overcome barriers to justice. Priority is also given to services that provide specialized focus in areas where other legal aid providers are unable to meet the existing need.
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 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 encourages the development of new and innovative programs that are consistent with Guidelines and will have a broad impact on the legal problems of low-income people.
GrantWatch ID#: 145448
2018 grants ranged from $24,000 to $3.4 million.
Civil legal aid organizations serving low-income people in Washington may apply.
- 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 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 will not fund individuals, political campaigns, religious organizations for the purpose of furthering their religion, or constitutionally mandated legal services.
Deadline for applications:
- New Applicants: August 31st
- Returning Grantees: September 14th
For organizations seeking new Annual Grant funding: 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 31. After review by the LFW Board of Trustees, applicants may be invited to submit a full application, which is due mid-October.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Emily Van Yuga, Grants Coordinator