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Unsolicited Grant Program

Grants to USA Law Schools, Nonprofits, and
Public Agencies to Improve Legal Education

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Grants starting at $10,000 to USA funding source member law schools, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations to address critical issues in the field of legal education. LOIs are due by July 31. Consideration will be given to proposals that directly improve, or, for research-oriented proposals, develop data, facts, or conclusions that further the understanding of:

-Improving access to legal education for students from diverse backgrounds;
-Increasing the affordability and financing options for students pursuing legal education; and,
-Enhancing the value and relevance of legal education.

Proposed projects must address these issues at the national level, or encompass more localized efforts that might be efficiently scaled across institutions and regions for greater impact.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157991

Estimated Size of Grant:

To be considered, an application must request funding of no less than $10,000 and no more than $125,000.

Term of Contract:

The proposed project must be expected to be completed within 18 months from the inception of any grant by AccessLex Institute.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AccessLex Institute will review grant proposals from its member law schools and other nonprofit and public organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) and as “public” charities under § 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code or to public organizations that are designated under § 170(c) of the Code.

A list of member law schools may be found here:

Faculty, practitioners and researchers are eligible for grants through their affiliated organization provided that it maintains a qualified tax-exempt status as described above.

Please note: Applicants that propose funding for diversity pipeline programs should apply for a grant through AccessLex Institute’s diversity pipeline grant program.

Pre-Application Information:

AccessLex Institute will accept LOIs from eligible organizations seeking funds for work that fits within AccessLex Institute's funding priorities. If an LOI is selected, AccessLex Institute will invite the applicant to submit a full proposal.

Unsolicited Letters of Inquiry and invited full proposals will be accepted and reviewed according to the following schedule:

Round One:
-Letters of Inquiry Accepted: January 1 through January 31
-Proposal Invitation Notification: On or before March 31
-Full Proposal Deadline: April 30
-Funding Decisions Announced: On or before July 31

Round Two:
-Letters of Inquiry Accepted: July 1 through July 31
-Proposal Invitation Notification: On or before September 30
-Full Proposal Deadline: October 30
-Funding Decisions Announced: On or before January 31

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

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming