ACJF Grant Criteria
ACJF offers grants of up to $25,000 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:
- Have a tax-exempt status in good standing with the IRS.
- Meet core operating standards.
- Benefit the disadvantaged, disabled or at-risk as a part of their core mission.
- Be able to demonstrate results from previous strategic efforts.
- Be willing to work cooperatively with ACJF during the development of the proposal.
Proposed projects will:
- Have an impact beyond the organization funded.
- Have an impact beyond the grant period and a plan for securing funding if the work will extend beyond the grant period.
- Have a reasonable chance of succeeding with funds available from ACJF and other identified/prospective funders.
- Produce measurable results.
- Demonstrate a collaborative approach at meaningful levels.
- Explore opportunities to leverage ACJF funding to secure additional support.
- Listen to and work with stakeholders and organizations in the field to identify potential initiatives for ACJF funding.
- Work cooperatively with the prospective grantee to develop the proposal.
- Provide technical assistance, if needed, during the grant year.
ACJF will give priority to organizations and programs that:
- Have a history that demonstrates significant or long-term impact.
- Leverage other funds.
- Are based on proven program models.
- Encourage high impact, broad-based collaboration.
- Are well-timed in light of implementation and expected outcome(s).
- Provide a strategy for developing long-term solutions to a significant Alabama problem.
- Impact policy issues.
- Demonstrate a reasonable chance of success with the funding available.