WSBA Powerful Communities Projects
The WSBA Powerful Communities Project Initiative is designed to amplify communities who are denied justice due to systemic oppression, advance the WSBA’s mission and purposes outlined in General Rule 12.2, encourage public service by WSBA members, and implement the State Plan for the Coordinated Delivery of Legal Aid to Low-Income People. With funding from the Washington State Bar Foundation, organizations can apply for small grants to help them jumpstart new community-based projects and/or expand existing programs that benefit and provide services to people who denied justice due to systemic oppression.
Our vision of success for the Powerful Communities Projects is that grantee organizations will be able to work with more people who experience systemic oppression, develop or expand meaningful partnerships with community-based organizations serving communities who are harmed by systemic oppression, and to increase pro bono opportunities for WSBA members.
Grant applications are usually open in December and are due in January of the following year. Selected grantees are typically notified in February. Grant funds for a particular fiscal year must be spent between February and September.
2022 Powerful Communities Project Grantees
For 2022, 10 grantees were awarded $5,000 to complete their projects.
A virtual legal clinic for free civil legal aid.
Expand a legal clinic program for BIPOC-led small businesses and nonprofits.
Expand a legal aid program geared towards LGBTQ Latinxs in need of immigration legal services.
A medical legal partnership with Peninsula Community Health Services for low-income clients.
Train re-entry navigators at local community colleges to help students prepare, file, and defend motions for Legal Financial Obligation relief.
A grant program for low-income clients seeking legal services related to immigration law.
A new, community-driven legal clinic that provides civil legal assistance to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.
A clinic for low income and BIPOC clients seeking to reduce outstanding Legal Financial Obligations.
Pop-up legal clinics and targeted outreach to low-income clients needing post-conviction relief.
Develop a mobile legal clinic for rural communities in Lewis County.
Past Communities Project Grantees
Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services
Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
Columbia Legal Services
Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid
Eastside Legal Assistance Program
Family Law CASA of King County
Kinship Navigator Program of Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington
Kitsap Legal Services
Latina/o Bar Association of Washington
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC)
Living With Conviction
The Olympia Free Clinic
Pierce County Minority Bar Association
Northwest Justice Project, Native American Unit and Skokomish Tribe
QLaw Foundation of Washington
Seattle Clemency Project
Snohomish County Legal Services
South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW)
Spokane County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program
The STAR Project
Tacoma Healing Awareness Community
Thurston County Volunteer Services
Trans in Prison Justice Project/
Unemployment Law Project
World Relief Spokane
Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services
The Washington State Bar Association was pleased to partner with the following partner organizations in 2020.
- Catholic Charities, Serving Central Washington, Kinship Navigator Program
- Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services
- Colectiva Legal de Pueblo
- Kitsap Legal Services
- Latina/o Bar Association of Washington
- Living with Conviction
- Olympia Free Clinic
- Pierce County Minority Bar Association & Legal Pathways
- Pierce County Minority Bar Association & Tacoma Pro Bono
- QLaw Foundation
- Spokane County Volunteer Lawyers Program
- Unemployment Law Project
- World Relief Spokane, Immigration Services