Applications Being Accepted

The DC NLG Litigation Fund now accepts grant applications on a rolling basis.

The DC NLG Litigation Fund is pleased to accept preliminary proposals at anytime. Please submit proposals to

The Fund is a non-profit corporation established to provide financial support for public interest and movement-based litigation that will potentially benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, and/or advances the cause of progressive change.

In assessing proposals, the Litigation Fund Board considers the potential impact of the case, the need for the funding, and its probability of success. Specific priority areas are human rights, civil rights, and civil liberties, and proposals in related subject areas.

Further, the Fund seeks to enable DCNLG members to litigate impact cases that might not otherwise be brought. While a preference is given to DC NLG members, the Board may also consider applications from other NLG chapters.

Typically, grants are in the amounts of $250 -$5,000 and are intended to cover out-of- pocket expenses necessary to pursue litigation including 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 costs and attorney fees are recovered.

Proposals, submitted in the form of a letter, 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.

Submit applications to
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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