In response to the housing crisis fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the IEJF provides grants to nonprofit organizations delivering free legal help and information to people facing eviction and housing stability.  These services are provided through Eviction Help Illinois, a statewide network people can access via phone, text or web chat.

For FY 23, the IEJF is focused on funding organizations that provide services in suburban Cook County and/or downstate counties.

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Since its launch in 2020, Eviction Help Illinois has provided services to more than 290,000 Illinoisans.

GRANT ELIGIBILITY

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

  • Are certified and in compliance with the Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) requirements;
  • Have a demonstrated track record in providing legal assistance or mediation services to individuals impacted by housing insecurity;
  • Are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
  • Provide services to Illinois residents set forth in the “Purposes” section.  To determine if a particular project qualifies for a grant, see the specific guidelines for the categories noted above.
  • Provide services to low-income people free of charge. Low-income is defined as a household income of up to 80% Area Median Income (AMI) in Chicago for Cook County grantees and 80% Area Median Income (AMI) in Illinois for all other counties. Current AMI can be found here.
  • Provide services in downstate counties and/or suburban Cook County. Any funding directed toward Chicago is subject to availability. Grants will not duplicate services funded under Cook County Legal Aid for Housing & Debt or the Chicago Right to Counsel Pilot.

AVAILABLE FUNDING

State funding for Eviction Help Illinois grants comes from the Illinois Department of Human Services.  The budget for FY 23 grants is approximately $3,000,000.

EVICTION HELP ILLINOIS GRANT GUIDELINES FOR FY 23

The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation will make Eviction Help Illinois grants in the following two categories:

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KEY DATES

The grant period will be July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023, and the application and review process will follow this schedule:

  • May 24, 2022 – Applications are available at www.iejf.org.

  • June 14, 2022– Completed applications & proposals due

  • June 17 – June 24, 2022 – Grant review & virtual site visits

  • June 30, 2022 – Board decisions announced

LIMITATIONS

  • Funds provided by the State of Illinois, including funds distributed by the IEJF, may not be spent on a sectarian purpose.
  • Said funds may not be used for the purpose of lobbying; encouraging political activities, labor or anti-labor activities, boycotts, picketing, strikes or demonstrations; or investigative or legal compliance activities related to a pending dispute.
  • No more than 10% of grants awarded by the IEJF can be used for indirect costs unless the applicant has a higher state/federal negotiated reimbursement rate.  Failure to abide by this may jeopardize future funding from the IEJF.

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?

More information on Eviction Help Illinois can be found at evictionhelpillinois.org

For more information about the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation’s grant guidelines and procedures, contact Tyrina Newkirk, Program Officer.

tnewkirk@iejf.org

GRANT DISBURSEMENT

Grant payments will be disbursed monthly following receipt of program service and financial reports for actual costs incurred during that preceding month. Payments are dependent on receipt of funds from the State of Illinois. Grantees may request an advance payment for Eviction Help Illinois. The process and approval for advance funds will be determined by IEJF. Subsequent monthly payments will be based on monthly financial invoices to reconcile payments previously advanced.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Grant reports must be submitted via the IEJF grantee portal

All grantees must submit monthly program service reports and financial invoices by the following dates for services provided and actual costs incurred in the preceding month.

  • August 15, 2022 (for July 2022 services and expenditures)
  • September 14, 2022 (for August 2022 services and expenditures)
  • October 14, 2022 (for September 2021 services and expenditures)
  • November 14, 2022 (for October 2022 services and expenditures)
  • December 14, 2022 (for November 2022 services and expenditures)
  • January 13, 2023 (for December 2022 services and expenditures)
  • February 10, 2023 (for January 2023 services and expenditures)
  • March 14, 2023 (for February 2023 services and expenditures)
  • April 14, 2023 (for March 2023 services and expenditures)
  • May 15, 2023 (for April 2023 services and expenditures)
  • June 13, 2023 (for May 2023 services and expenditures)
  • July 14, 2023 (for June 2023 services and expenditures)

Failure to submit reports in a timely manner may jeopardize distribution of grant funds, as well as future IEJF funding.

detailed final report (including outcomes and demographic information) will be due on or by July 21, 2023.

VIEW CURRENT & PAST GRANT RECIPIENTS

FY 23 Grant Recipients
FY 22 Grant Recipients
FY 21 Grant Recipients