The DC NLG Litigation Fund is a non-profit corporation established to provide grants to support public interest litigation that will potentially benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, or raise the public consciousness. Our specific priority areas are human rights, civil rights, and civil liberties, but we will consider proposals in other subject areas. The Fund intends to provide financial support to allow DC NLG members and their colleagues to litigate impact cases that might not otherwise be brought. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $250 – $5,000.
The Board of Directors meets twice a year to review preliminary proposals for funding. Before each meeting, the Board will announce a deadline and procedure for submitting preliminary funding proposals. After meeting and discussing the preliminary funding proposals, the Board will select the proposals, if any, that it will further consider and will request more detailed information from the applicant.
The Fund seeks to provide financial assistance to cover out-of-pocket expenses necessary to pursue litigation such as filing fees, depositions, transcripts, and expert fees. In rare cases, the Fund will provide assistance for overhead expenses. Grant recipients will be required to repay the Fund if the litigation is successful and the costs and attorney fees are recovered.
In assessing proposals, the Board will consider the potential impact of the case, the need for the funding, and the probability of success.
Preliminary proposals must be submitted by the announced deadline, should be no more than two pages, and should include the following information:
- A brief description of the organization or firm;
- Attorneys who will be working on the case, contact name, phone number, address and email;
- Brief summary of the case and how it may have a substantial impact; and
- Amount of request and for what it would be used.
Upon the Board’s review of the preliminary proposals, all applicants will receive notification either accepting the proposal, inviting the submission of a full application, or declining further to consider the proposal. Full applications may include:
- A copy of the complaint or other initiating case document if already drafted and/or filed;
- A statement detailing your organization or firm’s financial resources;
- A copy of your most recent status or case management statement; and
- A detailed case summary, litigation plan, and proposed litigation budget.
All questions regarding grants and all preliminary proposals should be emailed to: DCNLGLitigationFund@gmail.com