LEARN MORE ABOUT the types of cases we fund

The Impact Fund awards grants to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and/or small law firms who seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law. 

Pie Chart Breakdown of Impact Fund Grant Commitments by Case Type

In 2015, the Impact Fund hit the $5.7 million mark in general and donor-advised grants since the organization's inception. We award grants four times per year, most within the range of $5,000 to $25,000. 

New Grants 2014-2015 by State

Cases Recently Funded

Social Justice

The cases we are funding allege that:

  • In California, police used excessive force against #BlackLivesMatter protesters.
  • In Colorado, female police officers face losing their careers because they can’t do enough push-ups and sit-ups.
  • In Ohio and New York, a gun manufacturer knowingly sells to dealers that arm criminals.
  • In Massachusetts, prisoners with Hepatitis C are going untreated.
  • In North Dakota, Native Americans can’t vote because of a recent voter suppression law.
  • In Florida, prisoners who request mental health services are abused and, when they complain, the abuse gets worse.

ENVironmental Justice

The cases we are funding are to stop:

  • Proposed mining in the Superior National Forest that would contaminate groundwater, damage wetlands, and destroy the local Native American wild-rice economy.
  • Unwanted development, after a community garden in New York was bulldozed in the middle of the night.
  • Pollution from a lighter fluid factory in New Jersey that is causing illness to residents in a low-income neighborhood.
  • Clear-cut logging that is threatening the health and livelihood of the local indigenous community in Ontario.
  • Spraying pesticides at will in California.
  • A new highway bridge that is the latest in a long history of environmental hazards heaped upon an African American and Latino neighborhood in Corpus Christi, severing it from the rest of the city.

Economic JUSTICE

The cases we are funding allege that:

  • In Texas, people with unpaid tickets are sent to “debtors’ prison.”
  • In California, landlords lose their insurance when they accept Section 8 vouchers from low-income tenants.
  • In Idaho, homeless people are jailed for sleeping outdoors, even when there are no shelters to take them in.

Legal practitioners, ready to take the next step?  If you have a case that meets our grant criteria and advances economic, environmental and social justice then apply for a grant online now.