The Impact Fund will provide grants of up to $25,000 to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and/or small law firms that seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law. Grants are usually awarded for one particular case, but occasionally the fund will support a series of cases bound by a common strategy. Most grants are for class actions, but multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases that aim to significantly affect a larger system are encouraged.
Impact Fund grants may be used for out-of-pocket litigation expenses such as expert fees and discovery costs, but not for attorney's fees, staff, or other overhead.
Grants will be awarded to private attorneys, small legal firms, and nonprofit legal entities that do not have sufficient access to funding sources. Specifically, grants are intended to support cases that could not be effectively prosecuted and/or in which financial hardship would occur to the applicant if supplementary funding were not available. Grants may cover reasonable costs and out-of-pocket expenses (including non-recoverable costs) such as deposition expenses, expert fees, and investigation expenses.
For the 2017 summer grant cycle, Letters of Interest must be received no later than April 11, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by May 9, 2017.
see the fund's website for complete program guidelines.