Special Project Grants

special projects

The CBF makes Special Project grants to support innovative court-based projects that help make the legal system more fair, accessible, and efficient. These projects have a broad impact on the courts and justice system and align with the CBF’s overall priorities, including making the courts more user friendly and accessible to people without lawyers and supporting pro bono. The CBF’s Special Project grants and other support enable thousands of low-income and disadvantaged Chicagoans to get critical legal assistance, information, and advice each year.

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.