Sponsorship Preferences


We have sponsors who will consider top-quality projects in locations all across the country addressing the full range of civil legal issues and some criminal justice issues faced by low-income and other vulnerable populations. 

This list is intended to provide a snapshot of likely sponsor interest and does not represent the only areas that will be considered for funding. 

Every year, high-quality projects are funded by sponsors who have not expressed a particular geographic or issue area interest. Equal Justice Works always welcomes applications from all parts of the country and all qualified host organizations.

Sponsors confirmed for 2017 have expressed interest in the following specific geographic areas, substantive issues and host organizations:

Geographic Areas:  Atlanta, California (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Silicon Valley), Chicago, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Pittsburgh, Quad Cities, Seattle, Tennessee, Texas, Washington DC. 

Issue Areas:

  • Access to food and homelessness projects (particularly in Worchester, MA)
  • Children and youth issues (particularly in Alameda County, CA)
  • Community economic development
  • Consumer rights
  • Education and job training (particularly in Framingham, MA)
  • Education and special education
  • Foster children or foster care system projects
  • Human trafficking (particularly in DC, New York, California, Houston, and Virginia)
  • Immigration projects (particularly in Karnes City or Dilley, TX)
  • LGBTQ issues (particularly in New York City, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley)
  • Maternal health projects in New Jersey or surrounding East Coast states
  • Medical-legal partnerships (particularly in Boston, Los Angeles, and Minnesota)
  • Rural issues
  • School-based immigration projects (particularly in California and Texas)
  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • Transactional projects (particularly in Silicon Valley)
  • Veterans' rights (particularly in DC, New York, California, Houston, and Virginia)
  • Women veterans' rights

Host Organizations:

D.C. Access to Justice Commission organizations (Raise the Bar), Washington, DC

Florida Bar Foundation grantees, Florida

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Nationwide

Texas Access to Justice Foundation grantees, Texas

We will update the sponsor preferences list as more information becomes available from our sponsors.  Check our website periodically for updates. Click here to read more about sponsor preferences.




The following substantive issue preferences are areas that we traditionally see funded:

  • Access to courts
  • Affordable housing/microfinance
  • Aid to disadvantaged children and youth
  • Animal rights
  • Civil rights
  • Community economic development/ sustainable development/ microfinance and related transactional legal projects
  • Consumer rights
  • Corporate and government accountability
  • Disability issues
  • Discrimination
  • Domestic violence
  • Access to education/ STEM
  • Elder law
  • Disaster relief
  • Environmental justice
  • Farmworkers’/migrant workers’ rights
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender rights
  • Healthcare
  • Human rights
  • Immigration/ Asylum
  • Medical-legal partnerships
  • Poverty/ economic justice/ economic opportunity
  • Public benefits

  • Reproductive rights/health
  • Special education
  • Trafficking
  • Veterans issues
  • Voting rights/electoral participation
  • Women's empowerment; economic development for women and families; young women's education
  • Workers' rights




Download our application guide for more details about the process.


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