How to Apply for a Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grant

The Pro Bono Innovation Fund (PBIF) provides grants to 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

October 14, 2021 - Decisions for the Pre-Application stage of the FY21 Pro Bono Innovation Fund (PBIF) Funding cycle were announced on October 14, 2021. Please see the Press Release detailing the grant recipients.

2022 Application Timeline

Event Date
Grant Program Announcement Date 12/3/2021
Pre-Application Webinar 12/8/2021
Technical Assistance Calls

December 12-23, 2021      January 3-14, 2022

Pre-Application Office Hours 1/12/2022
Pre-Application Due Date 1/21/2022
Invitations to Submit Full Applications 3/7/2022
Full Application Instructions Issued 3/7/2022
Grant Start Date 10/01/21
Full Application Webinar 3/16/2022
Technical Assistance Calls March 17-31, 2022
Full Application Office Hours 5/4/2022
Full Application Due 5/9/2022
Grant Awards Announced 7/8/2022
Grant Start Date 10/1/2022

*(please email probonoinnovation@lsc.gov to coordinate)

Application Overview

The PBIF FY2022 Funding Cycle opens the first week of December 2021 in GrantEase, LSC's unified grants management system. All applicants are required to submit a Pre-Application to be considered for a grant. After review by LSC staff, LSC's President decides which applicants will be asked to submit a full application. Applicants will be notified of approval to submit a full application by March 2022. Full applications are due to LSC in the GrantEase system by May 9, 2022. Once reviewed, full applications undergo a rigorous review by LSC staff and other subject matter experts. LSC's President makes the final decision on funding for the Pro Bono Innovation Fund.

Please see below for detailed steps on how to complete a Pre-Application and Full Application (if invited).

Pre-Application Instructions
Step 1: Register for the Pre-Application Webinar

LSC is planning to host an informational webinar on December 8, 2021, from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST. This webinar will introduce applicants to the Pro Bono Innovation Fund program, highlight the application process, and answer participant questions.

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Step 2: Register for Pre-Application Office Hours

LSC is planning to hold office hours on January 12, 2022, from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST to give applicants an opportunity to ask questions.

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Step 3: Sign Up for a Technical Assistance Call

The regional PBIF Program Counsel are available for training and technical assistance during the application process. We encourage applicants to schedule calls to discuss their ideas, thoughts, and questions on the process and their proposals. Calls will be held between December 13-23, 2022, and January 3-14, 2022. Please email the PBIF Team to schedule a call.

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Step 4: Submit a Pre-Application

The Pre-Application will be available on or around December 3, 2022, in GrantEase. The Pre-Application requires:

  • Response to narrative questions for the category in which you are interested: Project, Sustainability, or Transformation. Guidance to be provided.
  • Full budget detailing expenses. Guidance to be provided.

The Pre-Application is due January 21, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Full Application Instructions (by Invitation Only)
Step 1: Register for the Full Application Webinars

LSC is planning to host an informational webinar on March 16, 2022, from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST to give applicants an opportunity to ask questions. This webinar will focus on an application introduction, budgeting, objectives, and milestones.

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Step 2: Register for Full Application Office Hours

LSC is planning to hold office hours on May 4, 2022, from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST to give applicants an opportunity to ask questions.

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Step 3: Sign Up for a Technical Assistance Call

The regional PBIF Program Counsel are available for training and technical assistance during the application process. We encourage applicants to schedule calls to discuss their ideas, thoughts, and questions on the process and their proposals. Calls will be held between March 17-31, 2022. Please email the PBIF Team to schedule a call.

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Step 4: Prepare Documents for Upload

All invited applicants may upload up to 30 total pages of documentation to support the project proposal in GrantEase. Supporting documentation can include:

  • Letters of commitment to the project form from all key partners whose participation is necessary for project completion;
  • Maps of office locations and counties discussed in the proposal, relevant data, and statistical information;
  • Letters of support from other justice community stakeholders;
  • Information on past proposals; and
  • Credentials of partners and other entities involved in the project.
Step 5: Complete the Full Application

The Full Application will be available on or around March 7, 2022, in GrantEase. The Full Application requires:

  • Response to narrative questions for the category in which you are interested: Project, Sustainability, or Transformation. Guidance to be provided.
  • Full budget detailing expenses. Guidance to be provided.

The Full Application is due May 9, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Trainings, Webinars, and Guidance
FY2021 Full Application Webinar

LSC hosted an information webinar on May 26, 2021, regarding the PBIF Full Application. The webinar provided a review of the Pre-Application Phase, a Full Application orientation, and general tips. See the webinar recording and presentation slides.

FY2021 Full Application Workshop

LSC hosted a workshop on June 2, 2021. The workshop provided additional technical assistance and an overview of navigating GrantEase. See the presentation slides.

2021 Project (Direct) Full Application Resource Guide

This Application Guide provides invited applicants important information about the Pro Bono Innovation Fund 2021 Funding Cycle and detailed guidance on preparing and drafting your Full Application outside the GrantEase system.

2021 Project (Non-Direct) Full Application Resource Guide

This Application Guide provides invited applicants important information about the Pro Bono Innovation Fund 2021 Funding Cycle and detailed guidance on preparing and drafting your Full Application outside the GrantEase system.

2021 Sustainability Full Application Resource Guide

This Application Guide provides invited applicants important information about the Pro Bono Innovation Fund 2021 Funding Cycle and detailed information on preparing and drafting your Full Application outside the GrantEase system.

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2021 Transformational Full Application Resource Guide

This Application Guide provides invited applicants important information about the Pro Bono Innovation Fund 2021 Funding Cycle and detailed guidance on preparing and drafting your Full Application outside the GrantEase system.

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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.

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

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