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