Access to Justice Grants Grantees

In fiscal year 2021, the Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors approved the distribution of $235,000 in Access to Justice Grants around the State in support of the below organizations.

Ascend Justice

Cook County, Chicago | $10,000

Fund the legal services of the Emergency Services Division assisting victims of domestic violence every day.

Beyond Legal Aid

Statewide | $5,000

Support for Community-located, Community-operated, Community-directed Legal Workshops and know-your-rights presentations.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Statewide | $10,000

Eliminating the barriers created by criminal records through the expungement and sealing process.


Cook County/Chicago | $10,000

Funding for brief legal services, advice and referrals through the CARPLS Main Hotline

Center for Disability & Elder Law

Cook County/Chicago | $5,000

Support for Senior Legal Assistance Clinics throughout Cook County

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

Cook County/Chicago | $5,000

CAASE Legal Services supporting victims of sexual exploitation

Chicago Law and Education Foundation

Cook County/Chicago | $5,000

Legal advice in schools through the Chicago Public Schools Legal Clinics Project

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Cook County/Chicago | $10,000

Providing GAL services for adults with disabilities

Children’s Legal Center

Children’s Legal Center | $5,000

Immigration Legal Services and Wrap Around Services for migrant children.

Equip for Equality

Statewide | $5,000

Legal advice through the hotline and Special Education Clinic

Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project

Statewide | $5,000

Educate very low-income Latinx workers about their Rights and Responsibilities Under the Law

Greenlight Family Services

Statewide | $5,000

Legal representation for non-traditional families through the Adoption Aid Program

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Statewide |$5,000

Know Your Rights Education for Immigrants and Refugees throughout Illinois.

Illinois Equal Justice Foundation

Statewide |$5,000

Support the expansion of legal aid in Illinois through the Equal Justice Illinois Campaign

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Statewide | $15,000

Support the increase in access to justice for all through the use of technology and online tools at

Immigration Project

Southern/Central Illinois | $5,000

Regional Immigration clinics in southern and central Illinois.

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Cook County/Chicago | $5,000

Driving Equity Through Education Advocacy and School-Based Legal Services

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid 

Southern/Central Illinois | $17,500

General Operating support to provide low-income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois with high-quality civil legal services in order to maintain their basic human needs

Lawyers Committee for Better Housing

Cook County/Chicago | $7,500

The Tenant Advocacy Program providing a spectrum of legal services to tenants in crisis

Legal Council for Health Justice

Cook County/Chicago | $5,000

Helping address health problems related to homelessness including substance abuse and physical or mental health problems through the Homeless Project and medical-legal partnerships

Life Span

Cook County/Chicago | $5,000

Provide full legal services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims of north and northwest Cook County

Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project

Southern Illinois |$5,000

Immigration legal services for Illinois residents in southern Illinois

National Immigrant Justice Center

Statewide | $7,500

Know-your-rights presentations and legal advice for detained immigrants

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic

Northern Illinois | $5,000

Comprehensive Domestic Violence, Immigration, and Housing Legal Aid

Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors

Northern Illinois | $5,000

Regional immigration and citizenship clinics and workshops

Prairie State Legal Services

Northern/Central Illinois | $17,500

Brief legal advice and referrals through the Telephone Counseling Services

Pro Bono Network

Statewide | $5,000

Racial Equity Programming Implementation

Public Interest Law Initiative

Statewide | $15,000

Increasing and enhancing the pro bono capacity of law firms, corporations, law schools, and legal service agencies to better meet the legal needs of low-income individuals and families through the Pro Bono Program

Riverview Center

Northern Illinois | $5,000

Legal Representation for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Turning Point, Inc.

Northern Illinois | $5,000

Legal representation for survivors of domestic violence seeking more advanced protective orders through the Legal Access Program

Uptown People’s Law Center

Statewide | $5,000

Protecting the civil rights of Illinois prisoners through the Prisoner’s Rights Program

World Relief Chicagoland

Northern Illinois | $5,000

Support for the Immigration Legal Services Program

YMCA of the University of Illinois

Central Illinois |$5,000

Support of Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinics at the New American Welcome Center

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We are proud to have served approximately 52,000 individuals throughout Illinois this year through our access to justice and lawyers care programs and hope to serve many more with your continued support. Donate today to help your neighbors throughout Illinois receive assistance for basic needs such as housing, safety, education and accessibility to legal resources this holiday season.

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Your gift helps provide funding for organizations across the state working with vulnerable populations, to ensure they receive the legal support and resources they so desperately need, and to support attorneys and their families during times of crisis.