The Impact Fund provides grants to nonprofit legal services, private attorneys, and small law firms who seek to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law.
The Fund's areas of interest include the following:
- Social Justice
The Fund offers grants and legal support to assist in human and civil rights cases in the United States. The Fund has helped to change dozens of laws and win cases to improve the rights of thousands.
- Environmental Justice
The Fund offers grants to support impact litigation for environmental justice, with a focus on marginalized communities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
- Economic Justice
The Fund offers grants and other forms of support to cases fighting for economic justice, from worker's rights to consumer protection for vulnerable populations, impact litigation is a powerful tool to hold corporations accountable. Support is provided in the United States.
The majority of grants are for one particular case, but occasionally a series of cases bound by a common strategy are funded.
Most grants are for class actions, but funding is also available for multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases that aim to significantly affect a larger system.
Impact Fund grants may be used for out-of-pocket litigation expenses such as expert fees and discovery costs, but not for attorney's fees, staff, or other overhead.
Note: In addition to grants, the Fund offers training for public interest law practitioners on a wide range of issues relating to public interest litigation.
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