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, 2023- December 31, 2023) and typically range from $20,000-$100,000. Proposals must be focused on civil justice work in Washington State.

Examples of eligible projects include: legal advocacy for establishing a statewide healthcare system for residents without lawful immigration status; or launching a new app that helps clear Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs). Ineligible projects include: on-going expenses; budget shortfalls; board training; etc.

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. You can view the LOI here. You will receive notification by September 23 if LFW’s board has selected your proposal to move on to a full application. The full applications will be due October 7 and includes more detailed questions about the goals and impact of your project.  

Who can apply:
 Civil legal aid providers or organizations in partnership with civil legal aid providers are eligible to apply.

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

Deadline for LOI: August 22. You will receive notification by September 23 if your organization is selected to move on to a full application.

Deadline for full applications: October 7

You can watch a recording of the informational webinar below and view the slides here.

Video recording of the 2023 Accelerator Grant informational webinar on August 8.