The Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) supports programs that provide meaningful access to justice for low-income and vulnerable individuals in Washington. In 2014, we made annual grants of over $6.2 million to 23 organizations throughout the state.
We are proud to be a supporter of the Alliance for Equal Justice, a statewide network of organizations providing legal aid to those with nowhere else to turn. The Alliance for Equal Justice members, together with LFW grantees, help more than 40,000 low-income residents around the state gain access to justice each year. Without this help low-income people around Washington face homelessness, hunger, inadequate medical care or loss of other basic needs. In addition to individual cases, members of the Alliance use impact advocacy to enhance the public safety net and promote the legal needs of low-income communities.
The majority of LFW funds are granted through our Annual Grant process. Currently, Annual Grants range in size from $25,000 to $3 million. Additionally LFW administers Home Justice funds to ten organizations providing legal help to people impacted by foreclosures from a national mortgage class action settlement. LFW also administers Prison & Reentry funds as a result of the settlement of the Judd v. AT&T class action. These funds are allocated to organizations providing social services and legal advocacy for incarcerated people, their families and those recently released from prison.
We also make a limited number of Small Grants throughout the calendar year for one-time projects or purchases to sustain an organization's ability to provide critical legal help to low-income people.
In very rare circumstances, we provide Emergency Grants to programs that face emergencies that threaten their ability to provide urgent legal aid to low-income people.