Sponsorship Preferences

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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. Sponsors confirmed for 2015 have expressed interest in the following specific substantive issues and geographic areas:

Geographic Areas:  Atlanta, Boston, California (Central Valley, LA, San Diego, Sacramento, and SF Bay Area), Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Florida, Minnesota (Twin Cities), New Jersey (especially Newark), Ohio, Texas, Virginia(Northern)/Washington, DC

 Issue Areas:  Veterans’ rights; immigration; human trafficking (Houston); healthcare and medical-legal partnerships; economic opportunity/job creation (Silicon Valley); issues affecting the elderly, especially neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, MS, and Parkinson's (Boston); children’s rights and education; consumer protection; mortgage fraud; children, education, and community building (Orlando, FL and Bristol, CT); rural populations

In addition, there will almost certainly be funding available for fellowships hosted at the following organizations:

Host Organizations:

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

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Nationwide

National Women’s Law Center(employment discrimination projects), Washington, DC

Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation grantees, Ohio

Texas Access to Justice Foundation grantees, Texas

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.

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.


Please send an email to fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org.

*Updated August 6, 2014

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