Occasionally, LFW offers additional grant opportunities targeted to specific legal or geographic areas. Recent examples include:
Special Grants also support summer internships for law students at the Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project, helping to expand the delivery of civil legal aid to marginalized communities in rural areas, and enhance the advocacy and intake operations of the Northwest Justice Project, Washington’s largest publicly funded legal aid program and centralized point of access for clients seeking free legal help.
LFW partnered with King County to allocate up to $2 million in 2022 for the civil legal aid response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Thanks to the advocacy of local legal aid providers through the Equal Justice Coalition, the King County Executive’s eighth supplemental COVID response budget included the funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, approved by the King County Council. Equity of access to civil justice is central to King County’s recovery from COVID-19, as the populations already disproportionately harmed by civil legal issues have been the hardest hit by the pandemic.
Providing legal services to King County Renters for housing issues that are not currently funded by Right to Counsel funding, with a focus on immigrant and BIPOC communities, through a partnership with Catholic Immigration Legal Services.
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo: $80,000
Continuing direct legal representation for immigrant communities through their legal team, including legal counsel, community advocate services, and direct financial assistance through their office.
Communities Rise: $150,000
Providing legal assistance for nonprofits and small businesses affected by COVID-19 through full representation, clinic consultations, legal trainings, and legal tools including toolkits and template documents.
Disability Rights Washington: $80,000
Providing individual legal representation and education assistance for disabled King County students most impacted during COVID, excluded from online learning and special education services and subject to isolation and restraint.
Eastside Legal Assistance Program: $125,000
Providing pro bono services through contract attorneys to low-income residents of King County adversely effected by COVID, with an emphasis being on underserved populations in rural King County.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): $80,000
Providing integrated legal and social services that stabilize and protect unaccompanied immigrant children and their families.
King County Bar Association: $360,000
Providing legal advice, support, and representation with civil legal issues to people most impacted by COVID-19 in King County, through programs including the Neighborhood Legal Clinics (NLC), the Self-Help Plus Program (SHP), Kinship Care Solutions Project, the Records Project and Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project (DV LEAD).
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children: $35,000
Supporting youth that have been impacted by COVID-19 in King County, focusing on supervision for dependency cases and Native American community engagement.
Living with Conviction: $100,000
Bringing their Justice in Motion web app to homeless and home insecure people of color to help them claim their rights to relief from burdensome court-imposed Legal Final Obligations (LFO) debt in King County Courts.
Northwest Consumer Law Center: $60,000
Providing low-income Washington residents with legal representation and consumer education for the areas of need demonstrated by the pandemic, including debt collection defense, automobile fraud, bankruptcy, and student loans.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: $530,000
Providing legal services to immigrant community members residing in King County, and to advocate for equitable systems on behalf of immigrant communities as part of a coordinated community response to COVID-19.
Sexual Violence Law Center: $80,000
Providing civil legal services to low-income King County survivors of sexual and gender-based violence experiencing intersecting legal needs or unsafe technology access due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Solid Ground: $60,000
Providing direct legal assistance and policy advocacy to ensure that clients have access to, and can maintain, their state benefits.
LFW awarded $195,000 in One-Year Special Grants for 2022:
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
Empowering migrant communities through advocacy, trainings, and education, including leadership development and legal defense, by and for undocumented immigrants.
Fair Work Center
Advancing the rights of low-wage, essential, and immigrant workers experiencing workplace abuses and hazards during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lavender Rights Project
Providing pro bono legal services by and for LGBTQ+ people and preparing low-income queer and trans people to establish reliable, community-led systems of peer-to-peer legal advocacy.
Living with Conviction
Working to bring an end to legal financial obligations (LFOs), which disproportionately impact communities of color.
QLaw Foundation of Washington
Promoting the dignity and respect of LGBTQ+ Washingtonians within the legal system through advocacy, education, and legal assistance.