Grant Process

2017 Grant Process

  • With limited funds available due to historically low IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts), ACJF is limiting grant applications to only organizations with a high probability of being funded; therefore, LOIs and Applications are only being accepted by invitation.
  • ACJF staff and board will be seeking broad impact initiatives as outlined in our current grant criteria. If any organizations or advocates are aware of potential initiatives that may fit this criteria, we would welcome a call, email or letter to introduce us to the initiative. 
  • Organizations with potential for funding will be asked to submit an LOI through ACJF’s online grant system for review by the Grants Committee. A limited number of organizations that submit LOIs will be invited to move forward in the process. Next steps could involve a presentation, conference call or providing additional information.
  •  Organizations will then be selected to submit a full application that will be developed by the potential grantee in cooperation with ACJF staff and Grants Committee.
  • All applications approved by the Grants Committee will be presented to the full ACJF Board of Directors for approval. The ACJF Board meets in March, May, September and December.
  • ACJF Grant Applications typically request answers in the following categories:  organizational history and services, thorough description of project/initiative, need for the project/initiative, evaluation process, expected results, why the project/initiative meets the impact criteria, project/initiative budget, organizational financial information and board members.