Support for Litigation to Advance Social Justice

Posted by Impact Fund on July 4, 2016

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 is given to civil/human rights, anti-poverty, and environmental justice cases involving a marginalized group. Most grants are for class actions, but the fund also supports multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases aimed at affecting a larger system.

Grants will be awarded to private attorneys, small legal firms, and nonprofit legal entities that do not have sufficient access to funding sources. Grants are intended to support cases that could not be effectively prosecuted and/or in which the applicant would experience financial hardship 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 but not attorney’s fees, staff, or other overhead costs.

The deadline for Letters of Interest for the 2016 fall grant cycle is July 19, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by August 16, 2016.

See the Impact Fund website for complete program guidelines.


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