• 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 $55 million has been awarded to provide critical legal assistance to DC’s poor and underserved.



The application for the 2023 Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program will open in August 2022. The Foundation is hosting a grants information session on August 10 from 1 PM - 3 PM. During the session, we will provide an overview of the grant programs, funding for the FY23 grant cycle (Jan 2023-Dec 2023),  the grants timeline, and the application process. Register here by August 6 to attend.


Awards will be announced mid-December, with the grant year running from January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023. 


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 FY22 ATJ Grants (January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022) 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 29, 2022 by 5:00 pm: Required Signatures and Quarterly Financial Report

  2. Due July 29, 2022 by 5:00 pm: Required Signatures, Quarterly Financial Report, and Semiannual Programmatic Report

    1. Submit Access to Justice via JotForm​

    2. Submit Access to Justice Interpreter Bank via JotForm

  3. Due October 30, 2022 by 11:59 pm: Quarterly Financial Report (template)

  4. Due January 27, 2023 by 5:00 pm: Quarterly Financial Report (template), Client Story, and Final Programmatic Report (completed in the system).

  • Definitions of Terms for reference

  • Grant Adjustment Request Form

    • Attachment A: Revised Performance Measure Form

    • Attachment B: Revised Budget Form