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Funding Opportunities for Legal Aid

LAV Grant Program Pre-Application Conference Call

The LAV Grant Program will be conducting two pre-application conference calls where LAV Program Specialists will be reviewing the LAV Grant Program requirements and grant application process. The call will allow for a brief question and answer session. These conference calls are scheduled for:

January 6, 2010: 2pm-4pm (ET)
January 13, 2010: 2pm - 4pm (ET)

Tapping into TANF and other Stimulus Money: A Program Narrative from Maine

The following narrative has been shared by Nan Heald, Executive Director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland, ME. Read about what Maine is doing and how you might tap into these stimulus funds in your state.


Guidance Memo on Data Collection for HUD's HPRP Funding Requirements

IV Ashton from Legal Server recently shared a guidance memo on data collection for HUD's HPRP Funding Requirements. This memo provides best practices on data collection particularly for legal services providers. Please see attached guidance document.

National Service Agency Solicits Public Feedback on Social Innovation Fund

The Corporation for National and Community Services seeks public feedback on its draft Notice of Funding Availability for its 2010 Social Innovation Fund (SIF). The deadline is submit comment is TODAY, January 15, 2010.

This funding supports organizations that demonstrate impact within low-income communities. Please click on the link provided in this posting to read more about this funding source.

Tracking Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program Funding to Legal Services Programs

The attached information analyzes Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) funding and LAV grants to legal services programs. Throughout the years, NLADA has been tracking LAV grants to legal services programs. The attached chart breaks down these grants to legal services programs by state from fiscal years 2002 through 2009. We do not have LAV grant totals for legal services programs for fiscal years 2002 and 2005, but we were able chart which programs received funding for these fiscal years. Please see attached LAV spreadsheet chart.

Administration on Aging Launches New Web site for the National Legal Resource Center

The Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging recently launched a new Web site for the National Legal Resource Center. This Web site provides support resources for legal and aging service providers. Under the “Resources” tab, the site links to funding information for organizations working in Elder law. To access this Web site, visit

Administration on Aging Solicits Input on Older Americans Act Reauthorization

The Administration on Aging (AoA) will be convening Listening Forums to provide input on the Older Americans Act Reauthorization. These Listening Forums will be held in three cities on the following dates: Dallas, TX (2/18/10); Washington, DC (2/25/10); and San Francisco, CA (3/3/10). The invitation letter provides specific location information as well as other opportunities to submit input via the AoA Web site.

LSC to Hold Webinar on Application Process for 2010 TIG Grants

LSC and the Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (LSNTAP) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, February 2 at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST for all LSC grantees interested in applying for 2010 funding from the Corporation’s Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) Program.

Emergency Shelter Grant Program and Confidentiality

We have recently been hearing from folks in the field about issues they are having around reporting requirements for HUD's Emergency Shelter Grant Program (ESG). The issue has been around compromising attorney/client privilege by being required to report confidential client-level data to their local housing agency. We want to hear from more of you about your experience with ESG reporting requirements. For example, how are you being required to submit data to your local Continuum of Care program or local housing agency?

HHS Seeks Proposals for Expanding Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance

Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging (AoA) seeks proposals to expand Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems. AoA will offer up to seven awards of $100,000 per year for a project period of three years. The proposal deadline is April 21, 2010. The 24 states that had previously received Model Approaches grants are ineligible to apply.

State Campaigns for Legal Aid

Attached please find a memo and chart authored by Dennis Dorgan of legal aid campaign totals from around the country along with reports on how campaigns are doing in the face of the economic downturn. Also attached is A Guide to Organizing a Campaign for Legal Aid.

HHS Awards $1.84 Billion in Grants through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it would award $1.84 billion in grants through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to help expand access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS in underserved rural and urban communities. The Ryan White grant program provides funding for support services which includes legal services. This funding is administered by HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). This funding is distributed to eligible entities under funding categories called Parts. Part A awards fund support services.

Kresge Foundation Awards $197 Million to 404 Nonprofits in 2009; Significant Focus Continues to be Responding to the Economic Crisis

Kresge Foundation awards $197 million in grants to 404 nonprofits in 2009 to respond to the economic crisis.  This award includes $5.25 million to organizations across the United States, including homeless and domestic-violence shelters, safety-net providers, legal aid services, emergency-assistance providers and others.  Read more about the award recipients.

Notices are Out for FY 2010 Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program

A number of legal aid programs who applied for fiscal year (FY) 2010 Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) funding are learning whether or not their application has been approved or denied.

2011 Sorors Justice Fellowships Program: Now Accepting Applications

The 2011 Soros Justice Fellowships Program is now accepting applications. Lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, activist academics, and others with unique perspectives are encouraged to apply.  The fellowship projects must reflect one or more of the criminal justice fund priorities.

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