The Access to Justice Grants application process is administered through our online grant lifecycle manager. All interested organizations must register and submit their application through the portal here.
Once logged on, you will find the “Apply” button at the top of the dashboard.
Access to Justice Grants are awarded on a yearly basis. Board decisions are made in the Spring for a yearly grant cycle of July 1-June 30.Apply Now
The Illinois Bar Foundation awards grants only to 501(c)(3) organizations that serve the State of Illinois and conduct work within IBF’s grant program objectives.
The Illinois Bar Foundation utilizes a two-step grant process that includes a letter of inquiry followed by an invitation to submit a full grant application.
Interested organizations must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through the online portal. The purpose of this step is to provide an opportunity for the applicant to briefly introduce the organization and project to the Illinois Bar Foundation, and for the Grants Committee to evaluate whether or not the project fits squarely within the organization’s funding objectives and priorities. Only one LOI per organization will be accepted per funding cycle.
After evaluating the LOI, the Illinois Bar Foundation will invite selected organizations to submit a full grant application online. Only those organizations selected will have access to the online application. An invitation to submit a full application should not be interpreted as a guarantee of funding. Rather, the Illinois Bar Foundation will identify those organizations that the Foundation determines are eligible for funding and/or those which require further evaluation.
Grants awarded by the Illinois Bar Foundation will support one of three organizational objectives:
The Illinois Bar Foundation funds organizations or projects with a statewide, regional or local impact. All organizations must show evidence of the need and impact of their program. The Illinois Bar Foundation will entertain projects with a new or innovative approach that require seed money to launch as well as programs that result from collaboration among multiple organizations. New projects must demonstrate their viability by identifying support (financial or other) from the communities they are intended to serve. The Foundation will fund general operating expenses only when the organization’s mission fits squarely within the Illinois Bar Foundation’s grant program objectives. Otherwise, IBF grants will be restricted to specific programmatic support.
For those organizations, projects or programs that do fall within the grant program objectives identified above, the Illinois Bar Foundation will not fund:
Proposals submitted to the Illinois Bar Foundation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
The FY22 Grants Cycle has the following deadlines:
Fall 2021 – Letter of Inquiry application due to the online portal
December 2021 – Select organizations will be invited to submit a full application through the online portal
January/February 2022 – Full Grant Applications must be submitted through the online portal
April/May 2022 – Board decisions will be announced
For more information about the Illinois Bar Foundation’s grant guidelines and procedures, contact Stacey Jonas Weiler at 312-920-4693 or email@example.com.