Race Equity Grants

LFW is proud to launch the Race Equity Grant program, a $75,000 fund based on the principle that creating fair access to civil justice means undoing systemic racial oppression. The grants center racial equity because of the historical impact of racism in our country and the disparate outcomes it has created and continues to create for communities of color, especially in the justice system.

We aim to invest in the leadership of those closest to social justice challenges, working together to create a stronger and more equitable legal aid network. Our goals are to:

  • invest in communities most impacted by structural racism and oppression;
  • support community- and client-centered approaches to legal aid;
  • increase civil legal aid awareness and opportunities for communities of color; and
  • build race-conscious organizations and leadership.

The Race Equity Grant program is built on a participatory grantmaking model. An advisory panel of community experts who have worked on race equity issues and/or lived in communities impacted by poverty and racism review grant applications and make recommendations for funding. The panel provides insight into the challenges facing Washington’s communities of color and ensures that LFW grants connect to their concerns.

Congratulations to our 2019 Race Equity Grant awardees:

Center for Justice

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid

Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties

Disability Rights Washington

Entre Hermanos/QLaw

Seattle Clemency Project

Tenants Union of Washington State

Washington Parole Coalition

West African Community Council

What’s Next Washington/Freedom Project

Who can apply: Civil legal aid providers or organizations in partnership with civil legal aid providers

Grant amount: Up to $7,500

Deadline for applications: All funds have been awarded for 2019. We anticipate the next funding cycle will occur in early 2020.

Apply for a Race Equity Grant

Questions? Contact the LFW Grants Manager by phone (206) 957-6290 or email.