Impact Fund Offers Support for Litigation to Advance Social Justice

The Impact Fund provides grants to nonprofit legal firms, private attorneys, and/or small law firms working to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and poverty law.

Through the fund's litigation program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of public interest litigation that has the potential to benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, and raise public consciousness of social justice issues. Preference will be given to civil rights, human rights, anti-poverty, and environmental justice cases that affect a marginalized group. Most grants will be awarded for class actions, but the fund also also will support multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases focused on significantly affecting a larger system. 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 adequate 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. 

The Impact Fund reviews grant requests four times per year. For the fall 2017 grant cycle, the deadline for Letters of Interest is July 18, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by August 15, 2017.

See the fund's website for complete program guidelines.

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