Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities

2023 Race Equity Grant

Our Race Equity Grants provide multiyear funding to advance racial justice in civil legal aid and build power in communities most impacted by structural racism and oppression. We use a participatory grantmaking model designed to center the voices of communities most impacted by grantmaking decisions. An advisory panel of community leaders who have lived experience with the legal aid system, poverty, and racism review grant applications and prioritize the projects that will be most impactful.

The goals of the Race Equity Grant Fund are to:

  • invest in communities most impacted by structural racism and oppression;
  • support community- and client-centered approaches to civil legal aid;
  • increase civil justice for communities of color;
  • build and support anti-racist organizations and leadership; and
  • center those most impacted in the decision making process.

Eligible civil justice projects include direct civil legal aid services, systemic advocacy, policy reform, and tribal issues. You can read about recently funded projects below and view all previous Race Equity Grantees here.

Who can apply: Civil legal aid providers or organizations in partnership with civil legal aid providers are eligible to apply. Grant proposals can be for new or existing projects, including operational expenses, and must be focused on civil legal aid work in Washington State. Eligible civil justice projects include direct civil legal aid services, systemic advocacy, policy reform, and tribal issues. If you have an open Race Equity Grant and have not submitted your final report, you will not be eligible to apply until the funds have been spent and the final report is submitted.

Grant details: Ten $40,000 grants will be awarded in 2023, each with two-year terms.

Deadline for applications: April 15, 2023. View the application here and register for our informational webinar on March 9 at 11am here!

How to Apply

LFW Grant Portal makes it easy for you to apply for a Partnership Grant, Race Equity Grant, Accelerator Grants, or Special Grant online. We are committed to supporting programs through every step of their work, and offer grant application assistance and ongoing technical support to grantees. 

Please read the instructions below before beginning an application:

1. Review Eligibility and Guidelines

Please review a grant’s specific eligibility criteria and guidelines before beginning an online application.

2. Create an Account

All applicants are required to create an account in LFW’s Grant Portal. Use the “Log In” button at the top of this page to begin. We suggest creating your account well in advance of the grant deadline to avoid any last minute issues.

3. Complete the Online Grant Application

Once in the Grant Portal, click “Apply” on the top menu to see a list of open grant opportunities. You may preview a grant’s application questions by clicking on the “Preview” button. To start an application, click on the blue “Apply” button within a grant’s description. Complete the questions provided and either save or submit your application.

4. Application Review and Final Grant Decisions

LFW will review your application and reach out if additional information is needed. After careful consideration by LFW’s staff and Board of Trustees, you will be notified if your proposal is approved or denied.

Helpful Tips

Questions or feedback? Contact LFW Grants Coordinator, Arielle Handforth, by email or find a time to schedule a meeting using Calendly.