How to Apply for a PBIF Grant

The Pro Bono Innovation Fund (PBIF) provides grants to LSC grantees for civil legal aid projects that support new, robust pro bono partnerships through collaboration, innovation, and replication of effective practices.

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Current Funding Cycle Announcements

The PBIF FY2024 Funding Cycle opened in mid-November 2023. Resource Guides for each grant category were sent to executive directors of LSC grantees on November 20, 2023. The deadline to submit a PBIF Pre-Application is January 16, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ESTThose invited to submit Full Applications will have a deadline of May 6, 2024, to submit. All FY24 grantees will be subject to the 2024 Special Grant Terms and Conditions.

Questions about the FY2024 Funding Cycle can be directed to probonoinnovation@lsc.gov

2024 Application Timeline

Date Event

11/20/2023

Grant Program Announcement Date

12/4/2023 - 12/15/2023

1/8/2024-1/12/2024

Technical Assistance Calls with PBIF Team

1/16/2024

Pre-Application Due Date

3/11/2024

Invitations to Submit Full Applications

3/11/2024

Full Application Instructions Issued

5/6/2024

Full Application Due Date

Application Overview

 

The PBIF Funding Cycle is a two-phase process. Applicants must first submit a Pre-Application to LSC by mid-January to be considered for a PBIF Grant. After a review by LSC staff, LSC's President makes the final decision to invite select applicants to submit a Full Application. Applicants will be notified of invitations to submit a Full Application by early- to mid-March, and Full Applications are due to LSC in the GrantEase system by May. Each Full Application will undergo a rigorous review by LSC staff and subject matter experts. LSC's President makes the final decision on Pro Bono Innovation Fund awards.

Please see below for detailed steps on how to complete a 2024 PBIF Pre-Application.

Pre-Application Instructions
Step 1: Access to GrantEase System

Please email probonoinnovation@lsc.gov if your GrantEase user doesn’t have access to a submit a Pre-Application in GrantEase by Wednesday, December 20, 2023.

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Step 2: Review the Pre-Application Drafting Guides
Step 3: Sign Up for a Technical Assistance Call

We want to provide you with substantive feedback on important areas to develop your proposal before submitting your Pre-Application. We strongly encourage your entire project team to participate in the call. Please contact probonoinnovation@lsc.gov to schedule a time for this call.

Step 4: Submit a Pre-Application with GrantEase

The Pre-Application will be live in GrantEase in early December 2023. Each grant category requires responses to narrative questions as well as a line-item category-level budget. Please see the GrantEase Guidance in the relevant resource folder for instructions on submitting. 

Please use the Resource Guides (link in Step 2) to assist in developing your Application offline and entering information into GrantEase. All Pre-Applications must be submitted by January 16, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Join the PBIF Contact List

If you are an LSC grantee and would like to be invited to PBIF programming and events, please enter your contact information into our Contact List. You can also confirm your organization's current contacts through this link.

Can't find what you are looking for?

Should you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to the PBIF Team.