United States: Impact Fund Grants Program
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.
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Social Justice: The Impact Fund provides grants and legal support to assist in human and civil right cases.
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.
Economic Justice: The Impact Fund provides financial and other forms of support to cases fighting for economic justice. From workers’ right to consumer protection for vulnerable populations, impact litigation is a powerful tool to hold corporations accountable.
Since being founded in 1992, the Impact Fund has granted more than $7 million in recoverable grants. They award grants four times per year, most within the range of US$10,000 to US$50,000.
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The Impact Fund makes recoverable grants to lawyers, law firms, and nonprofit organizations involved in impact litigation. Most of the grants are for one particular case, but occasionally they fund a series of cases bound by a common strategy.
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.
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/legal-grants/application-requirements