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  • Formal name: Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program

  • Awarded annually since 2007

  • Source of funding: public funding from a grant from the District

  • Grant year: January 1 to December 31

In 2007, DCBF began awarding grants under the Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program when the Council of the District of Columbia designated DCBF as the administrator of these funds. ATJ grants support organizations that provide legal assistance in three areas: (a) underserved areas in DC; (b) housing-related matters; and (c) to support a shared legal services interpreter bank. Since 2007, more than $95 million has been awarded via ATJ grants to provide critical legal assistance to DC’s underserved residents.



The application for the 2025 Access To Justice Grants Program will open in July 2024. Awards will be announced in mid-December 2024, with the grant year running from January 1, 2025 to December 31, 2025.

The Foundation will host a grants information session on July 17, 2024, to provide an overview of the grant programs, funding for the FY24 grant cycle, the grants timeline, and the application process.  Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation. 

Links to the sample application materials are provided below.



FY24 ATJ Application Sample  (PDF) | (Word)

FY24 ATJ Interpreter Bank Application Sample  (PDF) | (Word)

FY24 Application Organization Profile Sample  (PDF) | (Word)

FY24 Access to Justice Grants Program Overview and Instructions

FY24 Demographic Data (Word) | (Excel)

FY24 Client Eligibility Guidelines on Residency and Income

FY24 Data Packet Sample  (Budget Narrative Explanation and Notes)

Statutory Language, Access to Justice Initiative

Awards will be announced mid-December, with the grant year running from January 1, 2025 – December 31, 2025. 


Organizations that receive funding through the publicly-funded ATJ Grants Program are required to provide quarterly financial reports and semi-annual programmatic reports. The reporting schedule for FY23 ATJ Grants (January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024) is below, along with the outline for programmatic reporting and the Grant Adjustment Request Form and its attachments. Grant managers will receive an email notification when these reporting forms are ready to be completed.

At any time, please contact us at if you would like to discuss your project deliverables, budgets, or reporting deadlines.

  1. Due April 26, 2024 by 5:00 pm: Required Signatures and Quarterly Financial Report

  2. Due July 26, 2024 by 5:00 pm: Required Signatures, Quarterly Financial Report, and Semiannual Programmatic Report

  3. Due October 25, 2024 by 5:00 pm: Quarterly Financial Report

  4. Due January 31, 2025 by 5:00 pm: Quarterly Financial Report, Client Story, and Final Programmatic Report

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