Grant Opportunities

Grants to Advance Justice in Areas of Civil and Human Rights, Environmental Justice, and/or Poverty law in the US

Grants to Advance Justice in Areas of Civil and Human Rights, Environmental Justice, and/or Poverty law in the US


Deadline: 05-Oct-21

The Impact Fund awards recoverable grants to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and/or small law firms who seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law.

This US-based Foundation will fund small organizations that provide social assistance all around the world. Deadline to apply: 30 Sep 2021

NGO Grants to promote and protect Child Rights. Deadline to apply: 15 Aug 2021

Funding for Projects promoting Youth Mental Health & Wellness (Select Countries). Deadline to apply: 11 Aug 2021

Support for Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Projects (Europe). Deadline to apply: 30 Nov 2021

Grants for Latin America in the areas of Education, Business, Tourism and Culture. Deadline to apply: 10 Sep 2021

3-year Pilot Grant-making Program to assist Small and New NGOs. Deadline to apply: 15 August 2021

An Opportunity for NGOs engaged in eradicating Child Labour, Forced Labour, and Human Trafficking. Deadline to apply: 15 August 2021

Grants for Researchers working in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences + Fully-funded to the US. Deadline to apply: 1 October 2021

Open Call for Young Leaders advancing SRHR. Deadline to apply: 15 July 2021

Human Rights Initiative for supporting Women ($20,000 Grants). Deadline to apply: 1 September 2021

Top Dutch Donors that fund internationally to improve livelihoods in communities

One-time Microgrant for NGO Projects that generate Social Impact. Deadline to apply: 30 June 2021

$15,000-$25,000 Funding for Women and Children living in Extreme Poverty. Deadline to apply: 31 July 2021

Seed Grant for Grassroots Organizations and Women-led Initiatives. Deadline to apply: 31 July 2021

Grants to support NGOs working to end the HIV Epidemic. Deadline to apply: 30 June 2021

Funding Sectors
Social Justice: The Impact Fund provides grant and legal support to assist in human and civil rights cases. They have helped to change dozens of laws and win cases to improve the rights of thousands. The cases they are funding allege that:
In California, police used excessive force against #BlackLivesMatter protesters.
In Colorado, female police officers face losing their careers because they can’t do enough push-ups and sit-ups.
In Ohio and New York, a gun manufacturer knowingly sells to dealers that arm criminals.
In Massachusetts, prisoners with Hepatitis C are going untreated.
In North Dakota, Native Americans can’t vote because of a recent voter suppression law.
In Florida, prisoners who request mental health services are abused and, when they complain, the abuse gets worse.
Environmental Justice: The Impact Fund provides grants to support impact litigation for environmental justice, with a focus on marginalized communities. These are often cases no one else will support. The cases they are funding are to stop:
Proposed mining in the Superior National Forest that would contaminate groundwater, damage wetlands, and destroy the local Native American wild-rice economy.
Unwanted development, after a community garden in New York was bulldozed in the middle of the night.
Pollution from a lighter fluid factory in New Jersey that is causing illness to residents in a low-income neighborhood.
Clear-cut logging that is threatening the health and livelihood of the local indigenous community in Ontario.
Spraying pesticides at will in California.
A new highway bridge that is the latest in a long history of environmental hazards heaped upon an African American and Latino neighborhood in Corpus Christi, severing it from the rest of the city.
Economic Justice: The Impact Fund provides financial and other forms of support to cases fighting for Economic Justice. From workers’ rights to consumer protection for vulnerable populations, impact litigation is a powerful tool to hold corporations accountable. The cases they are funding allege that:
In Texas, people with unpaid tickets are sent to “debtors’ prison.”
In California, landlords lose their insurance when they accept Section 8 vouchers from low-income tenants.
In Idaho, homeless people are jailed for sleeping outdoors, even when there are no shelters to take them in.
Funding Information

Since being founded in 1992, the Impact Fund has made more than 700 recoverable grants totaling nearly $8 million for impact litigation. They award grants four times per year, most within the range of US$10,000 to US$50,000.
Eligibility Criteria
The Impact Fund makes recoverable grants to lawyers, small law firms, and nonprofit organizations involved in impact litigation. They fund civil rights, human rights, anti-poverty, and environmental justice cases that will affect a marginalized group.
Most of the grants are for class actions, but they also fund multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases that aim to significantly affect a larger system or lead to significant law reform.
Impact Fund grants may be used for out-of-pocket litigation expenses such as expert fees and discovery costs, but not for attorney’s fees, staff, or other overhead.
For more information, visit https://www.impactfund.org/about-legal-case-grants/

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