How to Apply

Organizations that are not current recipients of an LTF grant are required to apply in the Project & New Applicant grant cycle. Grant applications for this cycle are available in July and due in September. Awards are made near the end of the year and grants are paid out over the following calendar year.

LTF’s spring grant cycle is for current recipients of LTF Legal Services Support Grants only. These applications are available in December and due in February. Awards are made in May or June, and grants are paid out over the following fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

All organizations must complete an application form provided by LTF. To receive a copy of the application, please contact Executive Director Mark Marquardt at 312-938-2133.

Fall Cycle Grant Applications
This grant cycle is open to organizations currently funded in the “Project Grants” category, as well as legal aid programs that do not receive support from the Lawyers Trust Fund. For more information read our Project Grant Guidelines and Guiding Principles for 2017.[PDF] Please note that the application window for 2017 is now closed.

Mortgage Foreclosure and Community Economic Development Legal Assistance
LTF expects to make grants to Illinois legal aid organizations for projects related to mortgage foreclosure legal assistance and community economic redevelopment legal assistance Initial two-year grants will be awarded for January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018. The descriptions and guidelines for these grant categories are below. Please note, however, that the application window for the initial grant period is now closed.

Mortgage Foreclosure Legal Assistance Grants
Grants in this category are to be used to provide legal advice and representation regarding legal issues related to the housing and financial consequences of mortgage foreclosure actions.

Community Economic Redevelopment Legal Assistance/Ready to Work Initiative Grants
The focus of grants in this category is on a new project, the Ready to Work Initiative, that will focus on addressing legal barriers to employment. Grants under this initiative are to be used to help individuals overcome legal obstacles to getting and/or keeping a job.

For more information about LTF grants, please contact LTF Executive Director Mark Marquardt at 312-938-2133 or Associate Director/General Counsel David Holtermann at 312-938-3076.

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