Applying for a PILA Grant:
What are PILA grants and who can apply?PILA grants are intended to fund projects that serve the public interest and provide a tangible benefit to the community. Each year, PILA awards both full grants ($5,000) and partial grants ($2,500) to successful applicants. The number of grants awarded and the amount of each grant are determined by the success of PILA's fundraising efforts each year.
The PILA Grant Selection Committee looks for projects that embody PILA's mission and that advance the concepts of justice, equity, and the public good on behalf underrepresented people and causes. Any University of Washington law student who has a job offer from a qualifying organization (see below) and who will have completed at least one year of law school by the time the proposed project begins is eligible to apply for a PILA grant. Students who are members of the Grant Selection Committee are ineligible.
Externship credit policy: Students who will receive academic credit for their project may not apply for a PILA Grant.
Which employers are considered "qualifying organizations?"The types of sponsoring organizations that will generally qualify for PILA funding include legal services offices, public interest organizations, social service agencies, public defender offices, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and tribal entities. Because of PILA's federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status, work on behalf of any political campaign or lobbying effort will not qualify for PILA funding. This no-lobbying/no-campaigning rule is strictly enforced.
How do I apply for a PILA grant?
1. Volunteer requirement. To become eligible for a PILA grant, interested students must volunteer five hours of volunteer work for PILA.
Download and fill out a Volunteer Hours Form. The form must be signed by a PILA board member in order for it to be complete.
2. Complete an application. Download the 2015 Grant Application here. Applications are due to Academic Services (Room 361) by 4:30 PM on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
There is a binder of past PILA grant applications in the Career Services Office (Room 346) that applicants may look at for guidance and inspiration.
If I receive a grant, what will be expected of me?Full grants require 350 hours of work for the host organization and partial grants require 175 hours. Grant recipients will also be required to complete reporting and volunteering requirements after completion of their public interest work.