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Funding Opportunities for Legal Aid

Summary of Potential Funding Opportunities for Civil Legal Services Organizations Under the Stimulus

DC Access to Justice Commission shares the following chart which summarizes potential funding opportunities for civil legal services under the economic stimulus. The chart lists the agency/organization, funding opportunity, application deadline, description of grant and grant amount.

Obama Announces Chief Performance Officer and Chief Technology Officer

President Barack Obama said on Saturday he would soon announce the elimination of dozens of government programs as part of a broad effort to restore fiscal accountability to the federal budget. To that end, President Obama announced a Chief Performance Officer and a Chief Technology Officer.

District of Columbia Holds Public Hearing on Use of Recovery Act Homelessness Prevention Funds

The District of Columbia will receive approximately $7.5 million in federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The District's Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is planning to hold a public hearing to give residents and others an opportunity to comment on how they think it should use these ARRA funds and the agency's Emergency Shelter Grant. When: Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 6:30 pm

Serve DC Holds Grant Competition for ARRA Funding

Serve DC- The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism has announced a plan to distribute AmeriCorps funds granted to the agency through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA.) The funds, which are available to current AmeriCorps sub-grantees, will assist programs in the process of helping individuals and communities cope with the economic downturn, and provide necessary services that will support the rebuilding process. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009.

Chicago Bar Foundation Report

Recommendations for the Obama Administration on Improving Access to Justice

NFMC Neighborworks Funding


 I am with a legal services program receiving NFMC funding through a state agency, working with their housing counselors. I would like to share experiences with other legal aid groups that are receiving or considering such funding.





Obama Administration's Web Site on Stimulus Funds

The Obama administration is allowing the public to weigh in on the future of,  the Web site that will eventually track spending information on each stimulus-funded project. This online forum is available at and will continue through May 3. 

Administration on Aging Offers New Funding Opportunity

The Administration on Aging (AoA) issued a request for proposals for up to 11 New Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems projects funded at up to $100,000 each.  The grant application deadline is June 30, 2009. Please visit to learn more about this funding opportunity. 

HUD Stimulus funding for homelessness prevention

I have been told that HUD expects all proposals to be submitted for this program by the States by May 17th. HUD has also encouraged states to get their proposals into their system as soon as possible before May 18th -- so in fact, Maine is hoping to complete their proposal by May 1. HUD's response is expected on a 6 week turnaround basis --so c. July 6, but folks do not expect HUD to make any changes in the proposal forwarded by the States. ARRA funding will be available by September.

IOLTA in Arizona

This article focuses on the issue of how much Arizona banks may be profiting off of Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA).  Article suggests that some banks are keeping more interest money than passing onto legal aid.

Map of the Best ARRA Funding Resources By State

The Foundation Center has compiled a list of resources on how nonprofits can access stimulus package funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The map displays state-by-state funding opportunities and other helpful information.  To view the map, please use the following link:  

Tracking Stimulus Spending May Not Be as Easy as Promised

Obama administration's promises to track stimulus funding to the street level but they may have set a high bar.  This Washington Post article discusses the challenges, not to be confused with (a privately run site that also tracks stimulus spending), faces in tracking stimulus-funded projects.  Earl E.

$4 Million Homeless Grants; Honolulu

City and county of Honolulu has awarded $4 million dollars in stimulus funding to eight local organizations serving the homeless or those at risk of homelessness. Two of the eight  organizations awarded money are legal aid programs, including Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (awarded $300,000) and Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii (awarded $100,000).

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Implementation and Accountability Resources

The Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) charts informational resources on the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, state specific data and accountability measures in place.  The listing of resources is organized by the U.S. Senate, White House, federal agency and state sites. 

Sample Talking Points for Byrne Act Discretionary Funds for Legal Aid in Texas (Long Post)



ARTICLE XII     Byrne Act Amendment  -- Legal Aid for Crime Victims


House Increases Legal Aid Funding for Domestic Violence Victims

On June 17, the House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 425-4, an amendment authored by Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) to increase funding for the Violence Against Women Act Legal Assistance Program by $4 million. Fiscal year 2010 funding level will now be $41 million. The roll call vote is available at

Community Planning & Development Office to Implement HUD Homelessness Program

The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) announced that the Community Planning & Development (CPD) office will implement the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).  This formula grant program received $1.5 billion dollars under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that passed earlier this year (PL 111-5).

For more on the program, please visit



Vice President Biden Names Lynn Rosenthal as the First Ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women



Vice President Joseph Biden announced on June 26 that Lynn Rosenthal would serve as the first ever White House advisor on Violence Against Women. Biden, author of the landmark Violence Against Women Act, which will be up for reauthorization in 2010, praised Rosenthal's life-long advocacy in domestic violence policy.