justice is not a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building.
It is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society. It is one of the
ends for which our entire legal system exists
It is fundamental
that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without
regard to economic status."
Justice Lewis Powell, Jr., Former Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
The Independence Foundation is committed to the support of free legal
services for poor and disadvantaged residents of the Philadelphia region.
Agencies funded under the Public Interest Legal Aid Initiative address
civil legal issues confronting individuals from diverse populations who
do not traditionally have adequate access to legal representation, including
the indigent, the elderly, the disabled, and the homeless.
In 2000, Independence Foundation began awarding multi-year general operating
grants to select legal aid organizations. These grants provide core operating
support to strengthen the administrative capacity and the direct service
programs of those agencies that deliver critical legal services.
Each year, a limited number of organizations are invited to apply for
grants under our Public Interest Legal Aid initiative. Requests for proposals
are distributed in the summer, with grant awards announced in the early
fall. As with all of our initiatives, Independence Foundation does not
accept unsolicited proposals.
All organizations not previously funded by the Independence Foundation
should follow the guidelines for submitting Letters of Inquiry outlined
on the Grant Application Procedure page.