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The purpose of this resource page is to identify open grants, training and technical assistance that may be of particular interest to defender agencies, courts, state, local and tribal jurisdictions, research and academic institutions, and non-profit organizations that are working to enhance legal assistance and related services for historically underserved populations. Please contact the issuing entity for more information about listed grants, training and technical assistance. 

Criminal - Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
Juvenile - Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
Civil - Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
Violence Against Women - Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
Victims of Crime - Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
Tribal Justice- Grants | Training & Technical Assistance
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Overview of resources for courts and indigent defense providers (PDF)


**NEW** Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The purpose of this program is to provide supportive services grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives, who will coordinate or provide supportive services to very low income Veteran families who: 1) are residing in permanent housing; 2) are homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within a specified time period; or 3) after exiting permanent housing within the specified time period, are seeking other housing that is responsive to such very low-income Veteran family’s needs and preferences. Grantees are encouraged to provide, or assist participants in obtaining, legal services relevant to issues that interfere with the participants’ ability to obtain and retain permanent housing.  (Note: Legal services provided may be protected from release or review by the grantee or VA under attorney-client privilege.) Support for legal services can include paying for court filing fees to assist a participant with issues that interfere with the participant’s ability to obtain or retain permanent housing or supportive services including issues that affect the participant’s employability and financial security.
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Eligible Grantees: Private nonprofit organizations (Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt status is required) or a consumer cooperative as has the meaning given such term in Section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.S. 1701q). In addition, tribally designated housing entities (as defined in Section 4 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4104)) are eligible.
Deadline: 12/5/2014

**NEW** AmeriCorps State and National Grants – Corporation for National and Community Service
AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities.  An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position.  CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas in 2015: 1) disaster services – improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation; 2) economic opportunity – increasing economic opportunities for communities, specifically opportunity for  youth, both as the population served and as AmeriCorps members;  3) education – improving student academic performance including STEM; 4) environment – 21st Century Service Corps; 5) veterans and military families – positively impacting the quality of veterans and improving military family strength; 6) governor and mayor initiatives; 7) programming that supports My Brother’s Keeper; and 8) multi-focus intermediaries that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure such as rural and other underserved communities.
Funding Source: Corporation for National and Community Service
Eligible Grantees: Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties), labor organizations, partnerships and consortia, and Indian tribes.
Deadline: 1/22/2015

*On occasion, this section will feature relevant cross-cutting DOJ and other federal agency grants. For a comprehensive listing of all federal grants, please visit

Criminal Grants

NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program in social and behavioral sciences provides awards for research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics to accredited universities that offer research-based doctoral degrees. NIJ invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to successfully complete doctoral degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of NIJ and who are in the final stages of graduate study. The ultimate goal of this solicitation is to increase the pool of researchers in the social and behavioral sciences that are involved in research relevant to prevention and control of crime and help ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.
Funding Source: National Institute of Justice
Eligible Grantees: Limited to degree-granting educational institutions in the United States. To be eligible, the institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Under this solicitation, the applicant institution must apply as the sponsoring institution for the doctoral candidate who will be conducting criminal justice-related research in a discipline relevant to NIJ's mission.
Deadline: 12/24/2014

Criminal Training and Technical Assistance


Juvenile Grants


Juvenile Training & Technical Assistance


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Grants - Civil

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Civil Training and Technical Assistance

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OVW Grants


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OVW Training & Technical Assistance

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OVC Grants


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OVCSTraining & Technical Assistance

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OTJ Grants

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OTJ Training & Technical Assistance

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Helpful Links

Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant Writing and Management Academy

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

OJP Grants 101

Tribal Justice and Safety Resource Page

Updated: October 2014
General Information: The Access to Justice Initiative
Lisa Foster
Access to Justice Initiative
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