How to Apply for a Pro Bono Innovation Fund

The Pro Bono Innovation Fund (PBIF) provides grants to civil legal aid projects that support new, robust pro bono partnerships through collaboration, innovation, and replication of effective practices.

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Current Funding Cycle Announcements

May 24, 2021 - Decisions for the Pre-Application stage of the FY21 Pro Bono Innovation Fund (PBIF) Funding cycle were announced on May 20, 2021. Invited pre-applicants now have access to the Full PBIF Application in GrantEase. The deadline to submit the Full Application is July 1, 2021 at 11:59p.m.EDT.

Full Application Resource Guides for each of the four grant categories are available below under the section titled "Training and Resources for the FY21 Funding Cycle. The PBIF will additionally hold two informational workshops as well as opportunities for one-on-one Full Application technical assistance with PBIF Program Counsel. Further details and dates can be found below.

2021 Application Timeline

Event Date
Grant Program Announcement Date First Week of Feb
Announcement of Invitations to Submit Full Applications Mid - May
Full Application Introduction and Budget, Staffing & Leadership Plan Webinar 05/19/21
Full Application Introduction Objectives and Milestones Webinar 06/02/21
Legal Management System Discussion 06/11/21
Technical Assistance Calls 07/01/21
Full Application Due Date 07/01/21
Grant Start Date 10/01/21

*(please email to coordinate)

Trainings, Webinars, and Guidance

05.26 Full Application Webinar

06.08 Full Application Webinar

Learning Management Systems
Recommendations and Guidance



Download Files

Title of File or Publication Size Format
2021 Project Direct Full Application Resource Guide.pdf 2.13mb PDF Download
2021 Project Non Direct Full Application Resource Guide.pdf 2.12mb PDF Download
2021 Sustainability Full Application Resource Guide.pdf 1.97mb PDF Download
2021 Transformation Full Application Resource Guide.pdf 1.97mb PDF Download

PBIF Contact List Update Form


If you are an LSC grantee and would like to be invited to PBIF programming and events, please enter your contact information into our Contact List. You can also confirm your organization's current contacts through this link.

Contact the PBIF Team

Reach out if you have questions about our current funding cycle or past awards.

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