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Seeking Race Equity Grant Advisory Panelists – Volunteer Opportunity with stipend

Bring your expertise and passion for racial justice in civil legal aid to help grant $220,000 in funds to programs across Washington. LFW seeks community members who have worked on race equity issues and/or lived in communities impacted by poverty and racism to join a grant advisory panel.

The advisory panel is a group of community experts working together to guide the funding decisions of LFW’s Race Equity Grant program. We welcome panel members with knowledge of community needs, racial justice and/or civil legal aid programming. Applicants from all regions of Washington are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Duties

The advisory panel is essential to the Race Equity Grant process, providing leadership and insight into the challenges facing low-income communities of color in Washington. Panel members are supported throughout the process by LFW staff and receive an orientation before beginning.

Panel members review electronic grant applications from nonprofits and score them based on funding criteria. As a group, they convene to discuss the proposals and make recommendations (currently all meetings are virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions). Final decisions for all grant awards are made by LFW’s Board of Trustees’ Grants Committee Chair.

We ask advisory panel members to commit to serving for at least two years, which includes two grant cycles annually. LFW provides a stipend of $600 per year ($900 for client-eligible panelists) and also reimburses travel expenses to in-person meetings.

Application Process and Support

Please apply by filling out this Google Form: by February 1st.

We are particularly interested in recruiting panelists who are intimately familiar with the legal aid system, poverty, and racism from lived experience and are willing to share this insight in the grantmaking process.

We are learning as we go and welcome questions, comments and feedback! LFW staff are also available to assist with applications, including the option of a phone interview. Please let us know if you have any questions, need support or an accommodation. We will follow up with you if we have any additional questions. Decisions concerning panel appointments will be made by early February.

Contact LFW’s Grants Coordinator Christal Chiu for more information.