Accelerator Grants

LFW is dedicated to being responsive to the emerging needs of the communities we serve.

Our Accelerator Grants are one-time grants designed to accelerate time-sensitive civil justice work and launch impactful projects. The grants support innovative and responsive initiatives that would benefit from a one-time infusion of funds.

We seek to fund civil justice organizations doing strong anti-racist work, centering historically excluded communities, and impacting long-lasting systemic change. Accelerator Grants prioritize civil justice work for groups that have been disproportionally under-resourced by legal aid, including: 

  • Native and Indigenous peoples,
  • clients without lawful immigration status, and
  • the civil/criminal divide for re-entry and justice-system impacted individuals.

Grants are one year in length (January 1, 2025 – December 31, 2025) and typically range from $20,000-$100,000. Proposals must be focused on civil justice work in Washington State.

Examples of recently funded projects are listed at the bottom of this page. Ineligible projects include: on-going expenses; budget shortfalls; board training; etc.

Who can apply:
 Civil legal aid providers or organizations in partnership with civil legal aid providers are eligible to apply. Proposals must be focused on civil legal aid work in Washington State.

How to apply: A Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first step of the grant application process for Accelerator Grants. An LOI is an overview of your organization and project. LOIs are due on August 15 and you will receive notification in September if your proposal has been selected to move on to a full application. The full applications will be due in October, and includes more detailed questions about the goals and impact of your project. 

Grant amount: Typically range from $20,000 to $100,000

Join us for an informational webinar with Q&A on Monday, July 29 at 1pm by registering here. The webinar will provide information on the grant process with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions about the application, selection criteria, guidelines, or other related questions. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the LFW website for those unable to attend. Participation in the webinar is NOT required, but applicants are strongly encouraged to attend or view the recording.

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

Meet LFW’s 2024 Accelerator Grantees

For the 2024 grant cycle, LFW’s Board awarded Accelerator Grants to eight outstanding projects. We centered race equity in our evaluation process, considering the proposal’s fit within the grant’s criteria and priorities, the organization’s leadership, community involvement and anti-racist practices, and the potential impact the proposal could have on BIPOC communities.

Read more about those projects below.

2024 Accelerator Grantees

Benefits Law Center: $45,000

Reviving their highly effective Justice Bus – a mobile legal unit, to provide free legal services directly to clients in need from the parking lot of any human services provider, homeless encampment, or reservation while developing intentional relationships with local tribes and re-entry organizations.

Civil Survival: $100,000

Re-launching their Leadership Fellowship program, which gives community members legal advocacy training and hands-on experience with the legislative process to expand their policy advocacy efforts focused on re-entry civil legal issues led by individuals directly impacted by the justice system.

Manzanita House: $60,000

Expanding immigration legal services to better meet the needs of the immigrant community in Spokane, with an emphasis on survivor-bases cases, direct representation, community-based clinics, and educational workshops along with their network of regional partners.

Northwest Health Law Advocates: $60,000

Providing policy advocacy and trainings across the state for the new statewide healthcare system for undocumented immigrants launching in 2024 to ensure access and benefits are being implemented as required by law.

Seattle Clemency Project, Washington Defender Association & Living with Conviction: $150,000

Building an infrastructure and pipeline for currently incarcerated individuals to complete motions for relief from legal financial obligations with the help of defenders, now available through legal reforms that took effect on July 1, 2023.

Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid: $100,000

Providing critical civil legal aid representation to Tulalip Tribal members, through direct legal aid, targeted re-entry services, and systemic advocacy, while simultaneously launching an advocacy effort to achieve tribal judicial parity for parents and youth in tribal dependency cases.

Unemployment Law Project: $60,000

Increasing new connections and legal services for Native communities in Eastern Washington by partnering with Spokane’s largest urban Native health clinic and local tribes to offer advice and representation to Native persons who are seeking to secure their unemployment benefits.

The United Farm Workers Foundation: $100,000

Supporting victims of labor exploitation by expanding immigration legal services infrastructure for undocumented farm workers involved in labor disputes who may be eligible for a new path to deferred action announced in 2023, and launching a coordinated communication campaign to farmworkers regarding their rights and direct legal services.

See all grantees from previous cycles here.