How to Apply

Questions and proposals should be submitted to

The DC NLG Litigation Fund accepts applications on a rolling basis. Our volunteer board will do our best to respond to your request within two – four weeks.

Typically, grants are in the amounts of $250 -$5,000 and is 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.

Our goal is to make the application process simple.

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.

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.

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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