1. Application Submission | 4 weeks
FurtherJustice will review each organization’s responses to our application and select applicants that we believe may be a good fit for the FurtherJustice Legal Accelerator Grant program to move to a first interview. The application period closed on September 6, 2022 at 5 PM EST. Those not invited to a first round interview will receive a notification email.
2. First Interviews for Vetted Applicants | 2-3 weeks
1-hour virtual interviews will be scheduled with applicants to learn more about the organization and the organization’s plan for its civil legal service program, and to discuss the ways that the FurtherJustice Legal Accelerator Grant program can support the growth of the legal program. Within a week of the interview, FurtherJustice will notify applicants whether they are eligible to move on to the due diligence phase.
3. Due Diligence | 4-6 weeks
This will be an information and document exchange period between FurtherJustice and the applicant to enable FurtherJustice to learn more about the applicant’s legal program goals, budget, staffing, existing network, and initial plans for sustainability beyond the grant period, and to enable to the applicant to ask questions of FurtherJustice to determine whether the applicant thinks FurtherJustice is the right partner for it in building a legal services program.
It is expected that due diligence will include one or more remote meetings and may also include a site visit. This due diligence period will also enable the parties to discuss the categories of individualized programmatic assistance that FurtherJustice might provide.
4. Grant Awarded
At the conclusion of the due diligence period, FurtherJustice will let each applicant know whether they have been selected to receive a Legal Accelerator Grant. Those selected will then work with FurtherJustice to determine the start of the grant period as well as the individualized programmatic assistance that FurtherJustice will provide in the first year of the grant.
Applicants not selected to receive a Legal Accelerator Grant following due diligence will be notified and will receive a $5,000 grant intended to compensate the organization for its time. These funds may be used in whatever way the organization determines is best.