DC Bar Foundation Now Accepting Applications for FY15 Access to Justice Grant Program

[District of Columbia, Jan. 16, 2015] — The DC Bar Foundation released the FY15 Access to Justice Grant application for DC civil legal services providers seeking project funding. The application is due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015, with awards announced mid-March 2015.

The DC Bar Foundation will award grants to nonprofit legal services providers located in the District of Columbia to fund direct civil legal services to low-income DC residents in the following three areas: (a) underserved areas of the District of Columbia; (b) housing-related matters; and (c) to support a shared legal services interpreter bank.

Applications may be submitted for new projects and renewal of previously funded projects. The grant funds are available to the DC Bar Foundation through a public grant from the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services (OVS). At least $3,865,000 will be available to eligible nonprofits located in the District of Columbia that provide direct civil legal services to low-income or underserved DC residents. The FY15 public grant funding period covers May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016.

The FY15 Access to Justice Grant application is posted on the Foundation’s application page. The entire application must be submitted in PDF format, including Excel sheets and scanned copies of any documents that are not available electronically, to grants@dcbarfoundation.org.

The DC Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1977, is the largest funder of civil legal services in the District. The Bar Foundation’s mission is to fund, support, and improve legal representation of the poor, vulnerable, and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia, and it is committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. The Foundation provides grants and training and technical assistance to local non-profit legal services organizations and awards loans to D.C. poverty lawyers to help with their educational debt.

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