Civil Legal Assistance Grants
The IEJF makes grants to provide legal assistance to low-income Illinois residents who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
The IEJF Eviction Response grants will focus on two priority areas:
- Eviction Response Legal Services: This includes legal advice, consultations, limited services, and full representation in eviction matters.
- Technological Infrastructure: This includes technological infrastructure investments to enable Illinois residents to receive online legal information and referrals for Eviction Response legal and mediation services and available rental assistance.
Grants will be made to support staff or contract positions at eligible legal services providers, including attorneys, paralegals, program staff, and/or pro bono coordinators. Grant funds can be used to pay for salaries, benefits, and other allowable costs directly related to supporting the positions. For technological infrastructure grants, funds may be used to support the purchase of technology, software, or other costs related to web design and content. Indirect costs are limited to no more than 10%. The applicant must demonstrate how the proposed staff or contract positions will help the organization provide efficient and effective legal assistance to persons in one or both of the priority areas.
In the Civil Legal Assistance category, the IEJF will only consider applications from Illinois-based not-for-profit organizations that:
- Serve persons in one or both of the two priority areas listed above (Eviction Response Legal Services and Technological Infrastructure).
- For eviction response legal services, employ licensed attorneys to provide legal services, who can be supplemented by law students or other non-attorneys acting under the supervision of licensed attorneys.
Grant applications in the Civil Legal Assistance category will be evaluated based on (in addition to criteria listed in Overview Section):
- Organizational capacity and experience in providing legal services in eviction cases.
- Organizational experience in facilitating referrals to non-legal organizations to address the legal crisis, such as housing or financial counselors, other social service providers, and rental assistance programs.
- Demonstrated need for the proposed services, as reflected in the number of eligible clients in the applicant’s service area; current unmet demand; and requests for assistance from other community agencies serving the target populations.