Updated: Feb. 3, 2020

2020 | Powerful Communities Projects

The WSBA invites you to partner on the Powerful Communities Projects, an initiative designed to amplify communities who experience poverty and marginalization, work with members of WSBA, and advance the implementation of the State Plan for the Coordinated Delivery of Legal Aid to Low-Income People. Applicants are invited to apply for up to $3,000 to help fund their project.

Our vision of success for the Powerful Communities Project is that organizations will be able to work with more people who experience poverty, develop or expand meaningful partnerships with community-based organizations serving underrepresented communities, and increase pro bono opportunities for WSBA members. Criteria, expectations, and more. Learn more here.

We encourage organizations to collaborate with each other to develop innovative projects.  We invite Qualified Legal Service Providers, Minority Bar Associations, and nonprofit organizations working with nonprofit legal organizations to apply!

Apply online! Grading criteria and rubric used can be accessed here.


Applications open Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.

Applicants submit proposals by 5 p.m. (PST), Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Partners notified by email by Monday, March 2, 2020.

Partners expend funds by Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.

Partners submit invoices and W-9s by Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.

Partners complete and submit reports by Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

Contact Us

Paige HardyPaigeH@wsba.org

2019 Projects

The Washington State Bar Association was pleased to partner with the following 14 partner organizations in 2019 for the inaugural launch of  Powerful Communities Projects.

Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program

Colectiva Legal de Pueblo

Columbia Legal Services

Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid

Eastside Legal Assistance Project

Family Law CASA

Northwest Justice Project’s Native American Unit

QLaw Foundation

Seattle Clemency Project

Snohomish County Legal Services

The STAR Project (serving Walla Walla and Columbia counties)

TeamChild and Tacoma Healing Awareness Community

Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services (serving Pacific County)

Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services