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Elder Justice Program


Equal Justice Works invites eligible organizations to competitively apply to participate in the Elder Justice Program, a two-year Fellowship program that mobilizes 22 lawyers across the country to address the gap in civil legal services for victims of elder abuse and exploitation.

Fellows provide direct legal services, outreach and education, working with victims of elder abuse and exploitation to enforce their rights and address wide-ranging civil legal issues, such as financial exploitation, housing, protection orders, guardianship, and public benefits.


The Elder Justice Program is open to any legal services organization that meets the following criteria:

  • An established organizational status as defined and described in section 501(c) of Title 26 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under 501(a) of that title, including tribal nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
  • Currently registered in the U.S. Federal government System for Award Management ( with no restrictions and be in good standing with applicable state statutes for the organization’s business registration and classification.
  • Excluded from the U.S. government ‘Specialty Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDNL).
  • Organizations must demonstrate experience and expertise in providing legal services to older victims of crime, and have capacity to provide adequate supervision, mentoring, and training for Fellows.

Recognizing the particular challenge to accessing legal assistance by older victims in rural communities, priority will be given to organizations that serve rural communities including rural tribal communities, through their offices and/or use of innovation to facilitate remote access.

  • January 15, 2020: Solicitation Released
  • January 24, 2020: Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline
  • February 7, 2020, 5 p.m. EST: Questions Period Ends
  • February 14, 2020: Application Deadline
  • March 31, 2020: Applicants Notified
  • April–May 2020: Recruitment by Host Organizations
  • June 1, 2020: Fellowship Begins
Questions Period

If you have questions about the solicitation or the application process, please contact Equal Justice Works at [email protected] by February 7, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Equal Justice Works will review all submitted questions regarding the Elder Justice Program RFP and publish our responses on this page by the end of each week.

View the RFP Questions and Answers

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The Elder Justice Program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Award Number 2019-V3-GX-K033. This federal funding is supplemented by funds from private donors.