PBIF Program Description

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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The Pro Bono Innovation Fund (PBIF) offers grants to collaboratively engage more lawyers and other professionals in pro bono service, address gaps in legal services and persistent challenges in the pro bono delivery system. Since 2014, Pro Bono Innovation Fund has invested $28,000,000 to 94 projects in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

The PBIF program offers three categories of grants: Project, Sustainability, and Transformation. 


PBIF only accepts Project and Transformation grant applications from legal aid organizations already receiving an LSC Basic Field Grant. PBIF Sustainability grants are only open to former PBIF Project grantees that were awarded a grant within two years prior to the current funding cycle.

If you are an LSC-funded organization interested in applying, we encourage you to consider developing project models that offer impactful and replicable solutions to persistent challenges in your current pro bono delivery system.

How To Apply

Prior to submitting an application, organizations must submit a Pre-Application for Funding. The Pre-Application allows PBIF staff to quickly assess proposals that are most viable for funding and a strong match for the Pro Bono Innovation Fund. An organization may submit more than one Pre-Application for different project ideas or for different grant types (project, sustainability, transformation).

Proposals for funding will not be accepted if applicants have not submitted a Pre-Application. All Pre-Applications must be submitted through GrantEase by 11:59 pm EST on the designated deadline of March 15. In May, PBIF will invite select applicants to submit a full proposal for funding.

Reviewers will assess applications according to the selection criteria. Please visit the PBIF “How to Apply” page for detailed information on the current funding cycle, selection criteria, and reporting requirements.

Grant Terms and Conditions

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Grantee Guidance

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