On September 27, 2023, the Board of Directors unanimously approved 44 grants to 38 non-profit organizations totaling $4,950,000. These grants were made possible by a state appropriation for civil legal aid that passes through the budget of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

With this funding, we support programs that:

  • Help people access basic needs
  • Protect victims of domestic violence
  • Recover funds for seniors victimized by fraud
  • Help people resolve family crises

FY 24 GRANTS TOTAL

$4.95 MILLION

Our Civil Legal Aid grants have helped more than 590,000 Illinoisans resolve life-changing legal problems.

GRANT ELIGIBILITY

Organizations are eligible to apply for a grant from the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation if they:

  • Are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
  • Provide services to Illinois residents in one or more of the five areas set forth in the “Purposes” section. To determine if a particular project qualifies for a grant, see the specific guidelines for each of the five categories noted above.
  • Provide services to low-income people free of charge or on a sliding scale based on income. Low-income is defined as a household income of up to 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.  Applicants who charge fees for their legal services are required to provide the IEJF with a copy of their fee schedule. However, legal information for the public, self-help legal assistance and mediation services must be provided free of charge.

 At its discretion, the IEJF Board may also request proposals from non-profit organizations to conduct research, training and technical assistance regarding legal information for the public, mediation, telephone advice and referral services and/or civil legal assistance.

CIVIL LEGAL AID GRANT FINAL GUIDELINES FOR FY 24 

The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation makes Civil Legal Aid grants in five categories:

KEY DATES

Our Civil Legal Aid Grant Period runs from September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024.

  • June 30, 2023 – Applications are available

  • July 28, 2023 – Completed applications & proposals due

  • August 2023 – Grant review & site visits

  • September 2023 – Board decisions announced

AVAILABLE FUNDING

On September 27, 2023, the Board of Directors unanimously approved 44 grants to 38 non-profit organizations totaling $4,950,000. These grants were made possible by a state appropriation for civil legal aid that passes through the budget of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

HOW TO APPLY

You can apply via the IEJF grantee portal.  The “Apply” button on the top left will allow you to select your funding category and apply.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Tyrina Newkirk, IEJF Program Officer

You can also contact Ms. Newkirk via phone at (312) 546-6086

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Submit your grant reports via your dashboard in our grantee portal.

For FY 24, mid-year reports are due on April 15, 2024 and final reports are due on September 30, 2024.

“Support from the IEJF allows low-income people in some of the most remote counties of Illinois, where there is no public transit and internet access is spotty, to pick up the phone and speak with an attorney about their legal problem and receive advice. The IEJF helps put our justice system in reach of all Illinoisans.”

-Clarissa Gaff, Executive Director, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid