Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) Grants

Grants to Washington Nonprofits for Legal
Assistance to Low-Income Communities

GrantWatch ID#: 145448
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW)

09/15/17 Deadline for Annual Grants; Small Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis

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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations that provide legal services and assistance to low-income communities 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 individuals overcome barriers to justice.

Applications will be considered for the following types of grants:

1) Annual Grants:

LFW makes recurring operating grants to organizations working together to form Washington’s legal aid network. Grantees provide legal help to people facing urgent problems and also advocate for systemic solutions to ensure fair outcomes.

The Foundation gives priority 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.

Grant applicants must:
-Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and integrity
-Agree to sign and follow Foundation grant assurances
-Open their financial records to review, upon request of the Foundation, during the application process and thereafter if a grant is awarded
-Agree that their applications become the property of the Foundation and that the Foundation reserves the right to use any or all ideas presented whether or not an application is accepted for funding.

The Foundation gives greater weight to applicants with a prior history of high-quality service delivery.

The Foundation gives greater weight to applicants who work to develop cooperative efforts between Foundation grantees within a service area.

The Foundation prefers to fund applicants who can demonstrate community support for their projects.

The Foundation funds programs that practice and reflect inclusion, diversity and multicultural competence.

The Foundation funds applicants to achieve broad geographic and demographic distribution of funds throughout the state.

In reviewing grants for renewal, the Foundation gives greater weight to previous Foundation recipients who have successfully used grant funds.

The Foundation encourages the development of new and innovative programs that are consistent with the 2006 State Plan for the Delivery of Civil Legal Aid and will have a broad impact on the legal problems of low-income people.

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

2) Small Grants:

LFW also supports new projects via small grants designed to encourage innovative approaches to client services. The Small Grants program supports innovative ideas or new collaborations that overcome barriers to justice for low-income people.

Applications are also accepted for unanticipated expenses, such as the replacement of technical equipment or a unique training opportunity for staff or board members.

-Small Grants: Up to $7,500
-Annual Grants: 2017 grants range from $23,000 to $3.3 million

Annual Grants Eligibility: Grants are made to nonprofit organizations serving the civil legal needs of low-income people in Washington.

Annual Grants Restrictions: The Foundation will not fund individuals, political campaigns, religious organizations for the purpose of furthering their religion, or constitutionally mandated legal services.

Small Grants Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations helping low-income people overcome barriers to justice in Washington.

Annual Grants: The Foundation favors leveraging the use of 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

The deadline for Annual Grants is September 15. Current grantees will automatically receive a renewal application. New applicants should contact LFW’s Director of Grant Programs to discuss their interest.

There is no deadline for Small Grants applications. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and awarded throughout the year.

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Annual Grants Information:

Small Grants Information:

How to Apply:

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

Emily Van Yuga, LFW Grants Coordinator
(206) 957-6290

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