Updated: May 25, 2023

WSBA Powerful Communities Grant

The WSBA Powerful Communities Grant aims 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 are denied justice due to systemic oppression.

Vision for success

Our vision of success for the Powerful Communities Grant 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 increase pro bono opportunities for WSBA members.


Our grant application is currently closed. The 2024 grant application will open in November or December of 2023. Please email PublicService@wsba.org to be notified when the application opens.

    2023 Grantees

    For general questions about the Powerful Communities Project, please email publicservice@wsba.org. For donation inquiries, please email Laura Sanford at the Washington State Bar Foundation. 

    Previous Grantees

    2022 Grantees: 

    Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services

    Communities Rise

    Entre Hermanos

    Kitsap Legal Services

    Living with Conviction (fiscal sponsor CENTER)

    Manzanita House

    Skagit Legal Aid

    Tacomaprobono Community Lawyers

    The Way To Justice (with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center

    Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services

    All Previous 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
    LAW Advocates
    Legal Voice
    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 Servicesi/p>