The CBF has two grants cycles: the Organizational Support grant cycle and the Special Project grant cycle.
Organizational Support Grants
Each year, the CBF accepts applications for Organizational Support grants. The CBF’s Organizational Support grants provide consistent general operating support grants for effective, well-managed organizations in the Chicago area that are working to improve access to justice. Priority among the CBF’s Organizational Support grants is given to organizations that provide legal services to a substantial number of low-income and disadvantaged residents in an area(s) of law where there is significant unmet need in Cook County.
Special Project Grants
The CBF makes Special Project grants to support innovative projects that make the justice system more user-friendly and accessible for those in need, including court-based advice or help desks, pro bono projects, and systemic initiatives.
The CBF currently is not accepting applications for new Special Project grants.