San Diego County Indigent Criminal Defense Grant Fund

Do you have an idea that could help indigent criminal defendants or the attorneys who represent them? A program that might help reduce recidivism? A project that would help families cope financially or emotionally with the absence of a loved one who is incarcerated? Something else? If so, The Fund is eager to hear more about your idea.

The Fund is a new California not-for-profit corporation based in and serving San Diego County. IRS and California approval of tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status has been obtained and we have received our initial funding. We will begin issuing grants to support creative indigent criminal defense-oriented work in San Diego County beginning immediately.

The Fund invites your letter, (1.5 pages or less), expressing your interest in a grant. You don't have to be a lawyer, and you don't have to have a project already up and running to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI), although both of those things are fine! The letter must express an idea and a plan for how you would spend money to further the interests of people with limited resources, accused or convicted of crimes.

We review the Letters of Interest and, if selected, notify you and then request a full grant application.
The applicants (potential grant recipient) must be an exempt 501(c)(3)organization or be sponsored by one. Your LOI should be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (with the subject line of The Fund, Letter of Interest). We can accept postal mailed correspondence which may result in delayed replies at The Fund at 1350 Columbia Street #700, San Diego 92101.

Please feel free to assist The Fund by disseminating our website link as far and wide within San Diego County as possible.

In Summary,

  • We are actively seeking grant recepients
  • Send us your Letter of Interest (LOI)
  • If approved, send us a full grant application




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