Our application process is unique. Here's how it works:

  • You may submit a grant application if:

    • You seek funding for a registered 501(c)(3) organization (or for an organization that has applied for such status)

    • Your organization's primary purpose is the provision of legal aid services.

    • One of our Members has agreed to sponsor your application. No organization can apply for a grant from The Associates' Committee unless a member has agreed to sponsor that organization's application. (Some notes regarding sponsorship: (1) If a member's name is hyperlinked on our members page, you may email them directly and ask if they would be willing to sponsor your application. If there is no hyperlink, please do not contact that member. (2) Your member-sponsor need not come from the city where your organization (or the project from which you seek funding) - however, proximity may increase a member's interest in sponsoring your application, so we recommend that you start with those who are closest geographically.  (3) Finally, please note that each organization/applicant is limited to one sponsor only. Therefore, once a member has agreed to sponsor your application, there is no reason to continue contacting other members.)

  • Assuming you meet all of the above conditions, you will be allowed to submit one 60-second video shot on a smart phone. It must be continuous and unedited. In the video, you must tell us what your organization does, how much funding you seek ($25,000, $50,000 or $75,000) and how you will use it. You may also submit three links that will allow viewers to learn more about your organization.

    • In addition, you will be required to submit a one-page budget proposal, the template for which is embedded in the application landing page. 

    • See the winning 2016-2018 applications for guidance in crafting your application. 

  • The 2019 application is now available and will close on July 31, 2019. At that point, the Board of Directors will review all initial applications and select 15-20 finalists. We will contact those  finalists and request additional information. All members will vote to determine who among the finalists will receive grants.