ATJ Grants

  • Formal name: Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program
  • Awarded annually since 2007
  • Source of funding: public funding from a grant from the District
  • Grant year: January 1 to December 31

In 2007, DCBF began awarding grants under the Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program when the Council of the District of Columbia designated DCBF as administrator of these funds. ATJ grants support organizations that provide legal assistance in three areas: (a) underserved areas in DC; (b) housing-related matters; and (c) to support a shared legal services interpreter bank. Since 2007, close to $30 million has been awarded to provide critical legal assistance to DC’s poor and underserved.


The applications for the 2020 Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program under the categories of Underserved Areas, Housing-Related Matters, and Shared Legal Services Interpreter Bank are now available and will be due August 23, 2019 at 12 p.m. ET. The grant year will run from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Current Grantees

Organizations that receive funding through the publicly-funded ATJ Grants Program are required to provide quarterly financial reports and semi-annual programmatic reports. The reporting schedule for FY19 ATJ Grants (January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019) is below, along with the outline for programmatic reporting and the Grant Adjustment Request Form and its attachments. All reports will be completed online through our online grants management system. Grant managers will receive an email notification when these reporting forms are ready to be completed.

  1. Due Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by 5:00 pm: Required Signatures and Quarterly Financial Report
  2. Due Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by 5:00 pm: Required Signatures, Quarterly Financial Report, and Semiannual Programmatic Report
  3. Due Thursday, October 31, 2019 by 5:00 pm: Required Signatures and Quarterly Financial Report
  4. Due Friday, January 31, 2020 by 5:00 pm: Quarterly Financial Report (template) and Client Story and Final Programmatic Report (completed in the system).