Request for Proposals: More than $5 Million Available for Civil Legal Aid in the District of Columbi

The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations, located in the District, requesting funding for civil legal aid projects and general support. There is more than $4.5 million available for project-based funding through the Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program, and $600,000 available for general support funding through the Private Grants Program.

Funded by a grant from the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services Justice Grants, the ATJ Grants Program funds projects in three categories: (a) underserved areas; (b) housing-related matters; and (c) a shared legal interpreter bank. The Private Grants Program is funded by the support of firms and individuals, as well as the interest accrued on eligible client funds held in trust by attorneys in DC as part of the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts program.

The instructions, guidelines, and applications for the 2018 grant programs are available online, under the respective subpage here: DCBF will hold an information session for all interested applicants from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Please email to RSVP for the information session.

Applications are due online by 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Decisions will be announced mid-December 2017, and the grant year will begin January 1, 2018 and end December 31, 2018.

Contact Director of Programs Imoni Washington at or 202-853-9023 for more information.

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