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

Thinking About Applying for an IEJF Civil Legal Aid grant?  Learn more about the programs we fund.

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.
  • Have submitted an up-to-date version of the FY25 Organizational Assurance (OA) application available through the IEJF’s grantmaking software Foundant.

CIVIL LEGAL AID GRANT DRAFT GUIDELINES FOR FY 25 

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

An organization may apply for funds in more than one category.  Organizations seeking support for more than one of the five purposes must submit a separate application for each category.

At its discretion, the 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.

KEY DATES

The grant period will be September 1, 2024 – August 31, 2025, and the application and review process will follow this schedule:

  • June 28, 2024 – Applications are available

  • July 26, 2024 – Completed applications & proposals due

  • September 2024 – Grant review & site visits

  • October 2024 – Board decisions announced

AVAILABLE FUNDING

Attorney General Raoul received $5,000,000 for the state appropriation for civil legal aid this year.   The budget for FY 25 grants will be approximately $4.8 million

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) 481-6053

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Grant reports are also submitted via the grantee portal.

All grantees must submit a brief mid-term report on their activities on or by April 15, 2025.  Grantees must state whether or not they can spend the grant funds in the time and manner allocated in this report.  Payments for April and June are contingent on receipt and acceptance of the mid-term report.  All funds must be expended by August 31, 2025. The IEJF reserves the right to re-grant funds if deemed necessary.

A detailed final report will be due on or by September 30, 2025. Failure to submit reports in a timely manner may jeopardize future IEJF funding.

PUBLIC POSTING PERIOD:  April 19– May 13, 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