Other Grants

Occasionally, LFW offers additional grant opportunities targeted to specific legal or geographic areas. Recent examples include:

  • 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. View list of grant recipients.
  • Washington Immigrant Relief Fund: In 2020, LFW partnered with immigrant-led community organizations, the Governor’s office, and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services to administer more than $60 million in economic relief to individuals and families significantly impacted by COVID-19 but ineligible for federal stimulus funds or unemployment benefits because of their immigration status. Learn more.
  • COVID-19 Response Grants: Throughout the pandemic, LFW has worked with the State of Washington’s Office of Civil Legal Aid and King County to provide more than $3 million in emergency funding to civil legal aid programs on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, including grants for unemployment services, eviction defense, domestic violence protection, and legal aid for nonprofits and microenterprises.
  • Cy Pres Awards: LFW occasionally receives undistributed funds from class action lawsuits to award to organizations that specialize in providing civil legal aid to particular communities, such as undocumented people, formerly incarcerated people, and LGBTQ+ people.

Additional 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.

The LFW Board also considers requests for emergency funding on a case-by-case basis.

Questions or feedback? Contact LFW Grants Manager Arielle Handforth by email or find a time to meet by clicking here.