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ACCESS TO JUSTICE GRANTS

 

 

 

  • 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 $87 million has been awarded via ATJ grants to provide critical legal assistance to DC’s underserved residents.

 

APPLICANTS

The application for the 2024 Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program is expected to open on August 1, 2023. The Foundation hosted a grants information session on July 26, 2023, and provided 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. Supplemental Information can be found below.

 

Awards will be announced mid-December 2023, with the grant year running from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024.

Links to the sample application materials are provided below.

 

EXAMPLES OF APPLICATION MATERIALS

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, 2024 – December 31, 2024. 

FY23 GRANTEES

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, 2023, to December 31, 2023) 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 grants@dcbarfoundation.org if you would like to discuss your project deliverables, budgets, or reporting deadlines.

  1. Due April 28, 2023 by 5:00 pm: Required Signatures and Quarterly Financial Report

  2. Due July 28, 2023 by 5:00 pm: Required Signatures, Quarterly Financial Report, and Semiannual Programmatic Report

  3. Due October 27, 2023 by 11:59 pm: Quarterly Financial Report

  4. Due January 26, 2024 by 5:00 pm: Quarterly Financial Report, Client Story, and Final Programmatic Report

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