Organizational Support Grants

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The CBF is committed to providing consistent general operating support grants to effective, well-managed pro bono and legal aid organizations in the Chicago area. Last year, the CBF awarded more than $1.2 million in Organizational Support grants to 33 pro bono and legal organizations. Each year, these grants are funded entirely by money raised from the legal community through the Investing in Justice Campaign.

The grantees provide a wide range of services—from grassroots organizations that focus on a particular legal issue or client population, to sizable organizations that provide legal assistance on a wide range of issues, to organizations that address larger systemic issues through impact litigation or policy reform. Each day, CBF-funded organizations help thousands of low-income people resolve serious legal issues, like special education, immigration, mortgage foreclosure, and obtaining child support and other benefits wrongfully denied. Brief descriptions of the CBF’s current grantee organizations can be found in the 2017 Grants List.

The CBF carefully vets pro bono and legal aid organizations and strategically allocates funds to make the biggest difference for people in need. Read more about the CBF’s grants process.

Evaluation Factors for Organizational Support Grants

Organizational Support Grantees