NLGF 2020 Guild Grants Program

The deadline to submit applications for the 2020 Guild Grants has closed. 2020 grant recipients are announced here.

The NLGF works to promote human rights and the rights of ecosystems over property interests through public education and grants to legal projects engaged in the defense of political and civil rights. To advance this mission, the NLGF will award one-time grants ranging from $500 – $5,000 to NLG entities for educational campaigns and programs to promote membership, strengthen programmatic work, and enhance coordination among Guild chapters, committees, and the National Office.

Given the extraordinary times we are experiencing and the demands placed on Guild chapters everywhere, special consideration will be given to projects designed to meet the needs of protesters and to integrate new members into Guild chapters.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Financial need and demonstrated capacity to raise matching funds;
  • Adequate administrative oversight and reporting of grant expenditures;
  • Organizational capacity to carry out the proposed project including demonstrated record of success;
  • Ability to obtain media coverage and reach prospective NLG members;
  • Coordination with the NLG National Office to promote the work as part of the Guild’s overall work and provide examples of successful projects to other parts of the NLG; and
  • Applicants must have, or be sponsored by an entity with, a bank account bearing a National Lawyers Guild-related name.

These grants are not intended for general support or for the National Office, National Immigration Project, NPAP, or the Sugar Law Center.

Past grant recipients:





Idaho Chapter

More information:

Check out the Information Session video which gives insight on how to prepare a competitive proposal and answers frequently asked questions.