Grant Making: Legal Aid Civil Society Fund (LACSF)
In 2008, LAF with the financial support from the Embassy of the Netherlands in Rwanda , established the Legal Aid Civil Society Fund (LACSF) , a grant making initiative that funds LAF members with innovative and forward looking legal aid projects. Projects funded under LACSF offer a range of legal aid services including legal representation in courts, legal assistance, legal advice, mediation and legal information / education to indigent/poor and vulnerable Rwandans.
LAF launches a call for applications that is exclusively open to LAF members. In order to reinforce the capacities of applicants, LAF organizes a training on proposal writing during the same month of the application. During the session, LAF members benefited from detailed information on guidelines for the call structure of the fund and receive clarification to questions related to the fund and the application process.
The pre-selection process then follows the call for application. The Independent Selection and Monitoring Committee(ISMC) assessed applications and short-listed applicants with full applications. As part of the selection process, an audit firm is hired to conduct a due diligence to assess financial capacities of each applicant and submit it to ISMC. After the assessment of the ISMC and the financial capacity assessment, selected applicants sign Cooperation Agreements to start the implementation of their projects.