Current Grants

For calendar year 2020, the Lawyers Trust Fund has awarded $1,025,000 in project grants to 23 organizations providing civil legal aid. LTF also has awarded $9,998,730 in Legal Services Support grants to 16 legal aid organizations through the end of the current fiscal year (June 30, 2020).

Approximately 48% of LTF grants support programs based in Cook County and 44% support downstate programs. Statewide initiatives are supported by the remaining 8%. The recipient, amount, and purpose of each current-year grant are listed below.

 Legal Services Support Grants (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

Ascend Justice (formerly Domestic Violence Legal Clinic) (Chicago)
To help victims of domestic violence secure civil orders of protection through a court-based clinic.
$205,200
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Chicago)
For legal representation of low-income Chicago residents in matters related to housing, family law, employment, and the sealing of criminal records.
$161,200
CARPLS Legal Aid (Chicago)
To support the legal aid hotline program serving Cook County, which provides brief legal assistance and referrals to thousands of callers and self-represented litigants at the Daley Center each year.
$768,650
Chicago Legal Clinic (Chicago)
To support legal services to low-income Chicagoans through offices in South Chicago, Pilsen, Austin, and the Loop.
$286,000
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (Chicago)
To support the work of Illinois’ oldest and largest pro bono program.
$837,600
DuPage Legal Aid  (Wheaton)
To support the pro bono efforts of attorneys in DuPage County, with services focused on family law matters.
$96,720
Illinois Legal Aid Online (Chicago)
To provide comprehensive Internet-based information and resources to legal aid advocates, pro bono attorneys, and members of the public seeking legal assistance.
$806,920
Immigration Project (Bloomington)
For immigration-related legal assistance to residents of Central and Southern Illinois.
$184,600
Land of Lincoln Legal Aid (East St. Louis)
For legal services to low-income residents of 65 counties in Southern and Central Illinois.
$1,979,900
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (Chicago)
To provide advice and representation to tenants facing housing–related legal problems
$204,800
Legal Aid Chicago (Chicago)
To provide legal services to low-income residents of Chicago and suburban Cook County.
$673,040
Legal Aid Society (Chicago)
To support the oldest legal aid program in Illinois, which has been in continuous operation since 1886.
$354,600
Legal Council for Health Justice (Chicago)
To provide legal assistance to help secure health care and stability for people with HIV, individuals facing homelessness, and children with chronic illnesses.
$285,800
Life Span Center for Legal Services & Advocacy (Chicago)
To provide legal assistance and representation to victims of domestic violence.
$375,700
National Immigrant Justice Center (Chicago)
To support comprehensive legal services for immigrants
$726,000
Prairie State Legal Services (Rockford)
For legal services to low-income residents of 36 counties in Northern Illinois through a network of ten branch offices.
$2,052,000
Total Legal Services Support Grants $9,998,730

 

Project & New Applicant Grants (January 1 – December 31, 2020)

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago (Chicago)
To provide legal assistance to individuals with disabilities facing illegal housing discrimination or seeking reasonable accommodations to housing.
  $15,000
Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (Chicago)
To provide legal assistance in family, consumer, immigration, public benefits, and employment law matters to those living in poverty in the Chicago area.
  $20,000
Center for Disability & Elder Law (Chicago)
To support the operation of CDEL’s Senior Legal Assistance Clinics and provision of housing-related legal services in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
  $40,000
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (Chicago)
To help victims of sexual assault pursue civil legal protections related to safety in rental housing, educational settings, and the workplace.
  $15,000
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (Chicago)
To support the Law Project, which helps homeless and at-risk youth obtain access to educational, medical care and other services.
  $70,000
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights  (Chicago)
For legal assistance to non-profit organizations serving low-income Chicago neighborhoods.
  $80,000
Chicago Lighthouse Kane Legal Clinic (Chicago)
To provide legal assistance and referrals to blind and visually impaired individuals.
  $10,000
DePaul University Asylum & Immigration Clinic (Chicago)
To support the Legal Resource Project for Immigration Service Providers, which offers technical and back-up assistance to community based organizations providing legal assistance to immigrants and refugees.
  $100,000
Eldercare Options (Decatur)
To provide evaluations and legal assistance to people who may need a guardian to help manage their affairs
  $10,000
Equip for Equality (Carbondale & Springfield)
Support for staff attorneys based in Springfield and Carbondale who serve people with disabilities in Central and Southern Illinois.
  $260,000
Erie Neighborhood House (Chicago)
To provide immigration legal assistance to residents of Chicago.
  $20,000
Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project (Chicago)
To provide low-income migrant and seasonal workers with legal information regarding issues including wages and working conditions.
  $10,000
Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (Chicago)
To support the not-for-profit entity that advocates for and distributes legal aid funding appropriated by the state legislature.
  $45,000
Ladder Up (Chicago)
To support the Tax Clinic, which assists taxpayers regarding disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.
  $20,000
North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (Highland Park)
To support legal assistance to low-income individuals in matters involving domestic violence, immigration, and housing.
  $25,000
Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors (Chicago)
To provide immigration-related legal assistance through clinics in Aurora, Rockford, and Chicago.
  $30,000
Open Communities (Evanston)
To support legal help for low-income tenants in Northern Cook County.
  $25,000
Public Interest Law Initiative (Chicago)
To provide support and technical assistance to judicial circuit-based pro bono coordinating committees outside of Cook County.
  $90,000
Shriver Center on Poverty Law (Chicago)
To provide legal counsel to tenants of public and subsidized housing complexes statewide.
  $20,000
Southern Illinois University Legal Clinic (Carbondale)
To support the work of law students and faculty serving clients age 60 and older in 13 counties in Southern Illinois.
  $40,000
Uptown People’s Law Center (Chicago)
To support the Tenants’ Rights Project, which works to ensure tenants are not unlawfully evicted
  $20,000
World Relief DuPage/Aurora (Wheaton & Aurora)
To provide immigration legal assistance to individuals who have been victims of domestic violence or other violent crimes.
  $30,000
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (Chicago)
To provide independent advocate services for unaccompanied immigrant children. 
  $30,000
Total Project & New Applicant Grants   $1,025,000

 

 

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