About Our Grants

Alabama Civil Justice Foundation is committed to investing its resources toward finding solutions to pressing state problems that impact Alabama’s disadvantaged children, families and seniors.

 

We welcome all nonprofits working to make a positive impact in our community by providing vital programs and services.  We value your partnership and your work as we strive to improve the quality of life for all Alabamians at the local, regional, and statewide levels.  We believe it is important to work alongside prospective grantees to accomplish goals of mutual interest.  We are very interested in reviewing programs and services that assist children, families and seniors by providing access to justice and social services to those in need and by supporting other social justice-related initiatives.


Since 1993, ACJF has awarded more than $15 million to nonprofit organizations across Alabama in a wide range of program areas.  We remain committed to seeking the most innovative and effective opportunities possible to assist those in need.

Beginning in 2023, ACJF will split our grantmaking into two cycles:

 

Cycle 1:  Access to Justice

Cycle 2:  Focus Areas are Children / Family / Seniors and Responsibility / Accountability

Funding Cycle Timelines

Our funding cycle timelines are as follows:

CYCLE 1
Access to Justice
2024 CYCLE 2
Children / Family / Seniors and Responsibility / Accountability
Application Portal Opens
10/1/23
12/20/23
Application Deadline
10/31/23
1/31/24
Site Visits
11/1-17/23
2/1 - 3/8/24
Board Decision
11/29/23
3/13/24
Decisions Conveyed
12/8/23
4/3/24

Funding Categories

JANUARY 2024

Children, Families & Seniors

Efforts that build stronger families; nurture children and youth; offer children and youth exemplary learning opportunities; and enhance the lives of seniors or persons with mental and/or physical challenges.

 

Responsibility & Accountability

Efforts to enhance the accountability, transparency and ethics of government/ corporations/other entities or efforts that compel accountability and responsibility by engaging in advocacy, research, monitoring, public awareness and training.

 

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OCTOBER 2023

Access to Justice
Efforts to provide basic access to the justice system for indigent people residing in any county in Alabama – including direct representation of eligible clients and client groups or related training and technical assistance.

Guidelines

In our January 2024 cycle, ACJF is offering grants of up to $20,000 for organizational or programmatic support.  Priority is given to organizations that:  have at least one full-time employee, have cultivated a broad base of support, and have been in operation for a minimum of two years.

After two consecutive years of funding, organizations (other than those providing Access to Justice services) must take a one-year break before re-applying.  Organizations may only submit one application for funding consideration each calendar year.

Nonprofit organizations submitting a proposal will:

  1. Have a tax-exempt status in good standing with the IRS.
  2. Meet core operating standards.
  3. Benefit the disadvantaged, disabled or at-risk as a part of their core mission.
  4. Be able to demonstrate results from previous strategic efforts.
  5. Be willing to work cooperatively with ACJF during the development of the proposal.

Proposed projects will:

  1. Have an impact beyond the organization funded.
  2. Have an impact beyond the grant period and a plan for securing funding if the work will extend beyond the grant period.
  3. Have a reasonable chance of succeeding with funds available from ACJF and other identified/prospective funders.
  4. Produce measurable results.
  5. Demonstrate a collaborative approach at meaningful levels.
  6. Explore opportunities to leverage ACJF funding to secure additional support.

ACJF will:

  1. Listen to and work with stakeholders and organizations in the field to identify potential initiatives for ACJF funding.
  2. Work cooperatively with the prospective grantee to develop the proposal.
  3. Provide technical assistance, if needed, during the grant year.

ACJF will give priority to organizations and programs that:

  1. Have a history that demonstrates significant or long-term impact.
  2. Leverage other funds.
  3. Are based on proven program models.
  4. Encourage high impact, broad-based collaboration.
  5. Are well-timed in light of implementation and expected outcome(s).
  6. Provide a strategy for developing long-term solutions to a significant Alabama problem.
  7. Impact policy issues.
  8. Demonstrate a reasonable chance of success with the funding available.

ACJF does not fund:

 

  • Individuals
  • Sponsorships for organizations or fundraising events
  • Scholarships
  • Mission trips or ambassador programs