How does the Innovation Lab work?

Legal Empowerment and Community Lawyering in Latin America

Who can participate?
The Lab is open to not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises, cooperatives and other types of organizations legally registered in Latin American countries. In order to participate, the organization must have a bank account where they can receive funds.

*Those organizations directly working in association with Namati won’t be eligible.
What kind of projects are eligible?
We are looking for legal empowerment projects that aim to experiment and implement small ideas. Previous experience from the organization, as well as the strength and innovation of the presented project will be taken into account.
What will the selected organizations receive?
Each of the 4 selected organizations will receive $5,000 USD, as well as accompaniment and guidance during the implementation of the project, help in connecting with other organizations that can help them design the project, and an increase in the visibility of the organization.

What must the selected organizations do?
Implement the presented project and provide all the complementary information required, complete a small monitoring plan, write a case study regarding their experience, and participate in webinars or dissemination calls regarding their projects.

Are there any costs associated with applying to the Lab?
No, there are no costs or fees associated with the Lab.


Which are the requisites to apply and what is the selection process like?

First Stage: Application
In order to be considered for the Lab, you and your organization must be registered as members of the Grassroots Justice Network. If you are not registered as a member yet, you can do so here. If you have any doubts about registering, please contact us at

Log in, and fill out and submit the online application form before July 1 2020 at 23:59 GMT.

Second Stage: Pre-Selection
The Network team, together with a panel of judges consisting of notable professionals and academics from the legal empowerment field, will select a group of finalists among the most outstanding applications. The Network team will then contact the pre-selected organizations, moment in which additional information may be required.

Third Stage: Results
The panel of judges will select the winning organizations and the Network team will contact them.