Eviction Help Illinois is a state-funded partnership between the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation and the IL Department of Human Services comprised of 16 non-profit organizations throughout the state tasked with providing legal services, mediation services and other resources including referrals to rental assistance in response to the eviction crisis. The first round of grants was awarded in March 2021.
Funds ($3M) for Eviction Help Illinois have been included in IDHS and Governor Pritzker's budget requests for FY 22. Though this must make its way through the legislative budget process, the IEJF has been encouraged to begin the grants process in anticipation of approval so that the work is uninterrupted by the close of Round 1 on June 30 and the beginning of Round 2 on July 1.
Therefore, guidelines and applications for Round 2 are now available at https://iejf.org/eviction-response-grants/. Applications are due via the grant portal on May 7, 2021. Site visits are slated for May 13 - 19. Grants will be awarded in mid-June but are dependent on the passage of the state budget and inclusion of said funds. The grant period will be July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022.
The IEJF welcomes applications from current grantees as well as other 501 c 3, GATA-certified organizations providing legal aid and mediation services on eviction and housing issues. Organizations serving immigrant populations are encouraged to apply.
The IEJF acknowledges that timing of two grant cycles on the same topic within three months plus the added billing and reporting requirements are a heavy lift for applicants and awardees. That said, the IEJF has attempted to adapt the application so that is more intuitive and streamlined.
To address questions, we have scheduled an optional Q & A session for current grantees and new applicants for Friday, April 23 at 2 pm via Zoom. A FAQ will be drafted from that session and posted to the website. The Zoom info is listed below.
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