In Latin America, many organizations work alongside communities and marginalized groups to help them know, use, and shape the law to overcome injustices. However, too often these organizations do not have the necessary support.
Today we are launching the Legal Empowerment and Community Lawyering Innovation Lab for Latin America, which aims to support and strengthen grassroots justice organizations in the region, providing them with small grants (5,000 USD) and technical support to implement innovative ideas, experiment with new approaches, or undertake small projects that can be implemented in a maximum of 8 months.
The eligible projects can, for example, be focused on work with community paralegals or advocates, developing community capacity-building materials (texts, videos, audios, etc.), strategic litigation, social auditing, or the use of new technologies, among many other activities. The key is for projects to use legal empowerment to help people, groups and/or communities to overcome injustice in any of its diverse forms.
COVID-19: Those initiatives aiming to adapt their work to support communities in overcoming the challenges posed by the context generated by the pandemic will also be eligible.
The Lab is open to not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises, cooperatives and other types of organizations legally registered in Latin American countries. In order to participate, the organization must have a bank account where they can receive funds.
The deadline to apply is July 1 at 23:59 GMT.