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.

CARPLS

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 illinoislegalaid.org

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