CLALS depends on generous support from American University, individual donors, private foundations, and other agencies. The following are agencies that currently fund or have funded Center activities:
American Friends Service Committee
With support from the American Friends Service Committee, CLALS staff prepared a report on the challenges of reconstruction in Haiti.
The Arca Foundation provided support for CLALS Research Fellow Héctor Silva's research on the 1989 Jesuit Massacre and the case's enduring influence on the fortunes of El Salvador's justice system following the 1992 Peace Accords.
Christopher Reynolds Foundation
The Christopher Reynolds Foundation has provided ongoing support for the Center's Cuba Initiative, which focuses on U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations, economic reform, social welfare, and issues in health, agriculture, and the environment.
Department of State
Through CLALS' in-house investigative wing, InSight Crime, the Department of State funded an in-depth study of emerging criminal organizations in Colombia, known by their acronym, BACRIMs.
CLALS was awarded a series of grants by the Ford Foundation to fund an ambitious program of research and dissemination devoted to assessing the role of Central American elites. The Foundation has also awarded funds to CLALS to supply pro bono lawyers and other advocates with the accurate, up-to-date evidence needed to effectively represent unaccompanied minors from Central America as they navigate the U.S. immigration system. Previous support from Ford includes a project on participatory democracy in Latin America, which was carried out through a grant to the University of British Columbia's Andean Democracy Research Network.
The National Institute of Justice has awarded CLALS a $670,000 grant to carry out research aimed at assessing the transnational criminal capacity of the MS-13 gang in the U.S. and El Salvador.
National Science Foundation
CLALS has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to convene a Fall 2016 workshop to discuss how social science research can inform judicial decision-making on asylum cases involving Central American children and families.
Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations have provided support for InSight Crime, the AULA blog, and research conducted by CLALS Research Fellows on corruption and the police in El Salvador.