Special Project Grants

special projects

The CBF provides Special Project grants to innovative projects that make the justice system more user-friendly and accessible for people in need. These projects fall into two categories:

  1. court-based projects/help desks
  2. pro bono projects

These grants allow thousands of low-income and disadvantaged people to get the critical legal assistance they need each year. In FY 2016 alone, the court-based projects and help desks the CBF supports in state and federal court collectively served over 33,000 people and helped the courts run more smoothly.

The Special Project grants primarily are made possible by the Investing in Justice Campaign. These contributions also help leverage significantly more funding for the CBF’s Special Projects from a special grant the CBF receives from The Chicago Community Trust’s Chicago Area Fund for Legal Assistance; funds from Cook County, the U.S. District Court, and the City of Chicago to support court-based advice desks and pro bono projects; and other funding partners.