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Impact Fund Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Law Firms, and Attorneys
to Promote Human Rights and Economic Justice

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to USA small law firms, private attorneys, and nonprofits providing legal services to strengthen justice in the areas of poverty law, environmental justice, and civil and human rights. LOIs are due by July 10, 2018.

Areas of focus for this program include the following:

Social Justice - The Impact Fund provides grants and legal support to assist in social justice cases.

Environmental Justice - The Impact Fund provides grants to support impact litigation for environmental justice, with a focus on marginalized communities. These are often cases no one else will support.

Economic Justice - The Impact Fund provides financial and other forms of support to cases fighting for economic justice. From workers' rights to consumer protection for vulnerable populations, impact litigation is a powerful tool to hold corporations accountable.

Most grants are for class actions, but the Fund also supports multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases that aim to significantly affect a larger system.

Impact Fund grants may be used for out-of-pocket litigation expenses such as expert fees and discovery costs.

Grantees will be able to access the other services offered by Impact Fund: pro-bono consulting and referral services, promotional support via social media, class action training, annual class action conference, webinars, online support network, and amicus brief support.

Focus Litigation Areas:
Human Rights, Civil Rights, Prisoners’ Rights, Voting Rights, Children’s Rights, Juvenile Justice Reform, Gun Control, Gender Equity, Disability Rights, Immigrants’ Rights, LGBT Rights, Combatting Racism, Fair Housing, Renters’ Rights, Workers’ Rights, Debt Fairness, Wage Theft, Homeless Advocacy, Clean Water, Clean Air, Clean Soil, Environmental Racism, Community Green Space, Food Policy, Water Conservation, Environmental Impact, Transportation Justice, Energy Justice

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175576

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grants are within the range of $5,000 to $25,000; the maximum amount granted is $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Impact Fund makes grants to lawyers, law firms, and nonprofit organizations involved in impact litigation.

Impact Fund grants may not be used for attorney's fees, staff, or other overhead.

Pre-Application Information:

Register as an applicant at the Grant Portal. Complete the eligibility questionnaire to ensure a fit with the grant criteria. Allow two business days for your registration to be activated.

Once registered, submit the LOI for consideration in quarterly review cycles. If invited, complete a full application through the Grant Portal.

The Impact Fund reviews grant requests four times per year. You may start the process and submit an LOI at any time.

LOIs due April 10, 2018
Applications due May 8, 2018
Notifications mid-June

FALL 2018
LOIs due July 10, 2018
Applications due August 7, 2018
Notifications mid-September

LOIs due October 9, 2018
Applications due November 6, 2018
Notifications mid-December

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

All questions regarding grants should be emailed to the Impact Fund's Grant Program Administrator, Amy Daniewicz. Amy can also be reached at (510) 845-3473 x310.

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Impact Fund
125 University Ave, Ste. 102
Berkeley, CA 94710

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Geographic Focus:

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