The United States Department of Justice Department of Justice SealF The United States Department of Justice
Search The Site
 
Select Federal Agency Resources

This resource page identifies examples of grants, training and technical assistance, and other Federal resources of particular interest to non-profit organizations and government agencies working to enhance civil legal aid for underserved populations. Please contact the issuing entity for more information about all resources. This page includes grants that legal aid programs can apply for directly, or indirectly as a sub-grantee partner to local and State governments or other social services providers and universities. The list is not intended to be comprehensive of all Federal resources that can be used to support or engage civil legal aid. Suggestions for additions can be sent to: LAIR@usdoj.gov

To read about currently open Department of Justice grants, and training and technical assistance, of particular interest to entities working to enhance both civil legal aid and indigent defense, please visit the Access to Justice Initiative’s Grant Information page. This page occasionally also features relevant grants from other federal agencies. For a comprehensive listing of all federal grants, please visit www.grants.gov.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Department of Homeland Security
Corporation for National and Community Service Department of Housing & Urban Development
Federal Trade Commission Department of the Interior – Bureau of Indian Affairs
Social Security Administration Department of Justice
National Science Foundation Department of Labor
Department of Agriculture Department of the Treasury
Department of Education Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Health & Human Services

Tips on Finding and Applying for Federal Grants

Information Resource = Federal Agency information/resource relevant to civil legal aid providers
Grant = Federal grant that expressly includes or allows for civil legal aid
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Back to Top

Information ResourceWebinar

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rich Cordray introduced a March 5, 2013 webinar developed to make sure legal aid lawyers – often the front lines of defense for victims of consumer scammers – know what federal tools are available to better protect people from abusive practices.

Information ResourceToolkit

CFPB is developing for a summer 2014 rollout Your Money, Your Goals: A Financial Empowerment Toolkit for Social Services Programs, a 10-module toolkit containing information and hands-on tools for front-line staff to help clients identify financial challenges and goals, and access consumer protections. A customized legal aid version of the toolkit will be piloted in summer 2014 in 5-8 legal aid sites.

Corporation for National and Community Service
Back to Top

Information ResourceGuide to the AmeriCorps VISTA Program for Legal Services Organizations

The U.S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative and the Corporation for National and Community Service, published a Guide to the AmeriCorps VISTA Program for Legal Services Organizations. The Guide is designed to introduce the VISTA program to legal services organizations that are not familiar with it program; demonstrate how the VISTA program can work effectively in the context of legal services; and provide additional resources for organizations that are interested in sponsoring a VISTA project at their site. Thanks to contributions by 10 current or recent VISTA legal services program sponsors, the Appendix contains more than two dozen sample project descriptions to illustrate the range of ways VISTA members can benefit a legal aid program.

GrantAmeriCorps State and National Grants

In the FY 2014 AmeriCorps competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services, and the Governor and Mayor Initiative. CNCS will continue to focus on national service programs that seek to improve academic outcomes for children, youth, and young adults. CNCS will also focus investment in programs that increase community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation, as well as investment in programs that increase economic opportunities for communities and AmeriCorps members.
Eligible Grantees: Native American tribal organizations; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; nonprofits that do not have 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; city or township governments; nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; public housing authorities and Indian housing authorities; independent school districts; special district governments; county governments; state governments; and private institutions of higher education.
Prior Deadline: 01/22/2014

GrantSocial Innovation Fund – Corporation for National & Community Service

The 2014 Social Innovation Fund grant competition provides up to $65.8 million to eligible grant-making institutions seeking to grow innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenges facing low-income communities nationwide. Its purpose is to grow the impact of innovative community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Fund directs resources toward increasing the evidence-based capacity and scale of the organizations it funds in order to improve the lives of people served by those organizations. The Innovation Fund also generates broader impact by leveraging grant funding to improve philanthropies, federal government departments and agencies, state and local government, and community-based organizations to deploy funds to address social challenges. Additionally, it enhances the ability of the nonprofit sector to support the growth of innovative, high-impact organizations.
Funding Source: Corporation for National & Community Service
Eligible Grantees: Existing grant making institutions or eligible partnerships.
Prior Deadline: 4/22/2014

GrantAmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA is committed to its mission of bringing individuals and communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency, and focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
Eligible Grantees: Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organizations, as well as local, state, or federal agencies.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

Federal Trade Commission
Back to Top

Information ResourceLegal Services Collaboration

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) organized a nationwide team of its lawyers into a Legal Services Collaboration to identify consumer protection issues affecting low income communities and to develop partnerships focusing on law enforcement and consumer education strategies. The FTC meets regularly with legal aid lawyers around the country to share information, hold informal brownbags and teleconferences, and conduct webinars hosted by the Legal Services Corporation. Information from legal services partners has concretely benefitted the agency’s law enforcement and policy activities, as well as spurring the creation of www.consumer.gov, a consumer education resource for clients of legal services organizations.

Information ResourceWebinar

The FTC invites legal services offices to join its listserv, which announces and provides links to participate in the quarterly FTC webinars hosted by the Legal Services Corporation. To join the listserv, legal aid providers should email tthomas@ftc.gov or mvaca@ftc.gov. In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative and the FTC hosted a webinar on July 10, 2013, on Identity Theft and Consumer Protection Issues. The webinar was aimed at the legal services community and highlighted the FTC’s user-friendly “consumer.gov” website that contains information on a wide range of consumer targeted scams. The power point presentation used in the webinar is available at http://www.consumer.gov/legalservices.

Information ResourceRaise awareness of Know Your Rights materials

FTC is collaborating with Pro Bono Net (nonprofit providing resources for pro bono and legal aid attorneys and others working to assist low income or disadvantaged clients) to add the FTC's Know Your Rights materials to websites for the general public such as the www.lawhelp.org, and related websites for service providers including a primary portal for pro bono volunteers, http://www.probono.net/.

National Science Foundation
Back to Top

Information ResourcePractitioner-Scholar Research Agenda Workshop

The National Science Foundation funded a 2012 American Bar Foundation workshop to address the legal aid “research gap,” convening scholars and practitioners to develop and begin work on a new research agenda for access to civil justice. A follow-up workshop in 2013 included presentations of practitioner-scholar proposed research initiatives.

GrantDear Colleague Letter – Stimulating Research Related to the Use and Functioning of the Civil Justice System

The National Science Foundation Law & Social Sciences program invites research on how people and organizations define legal claims, whether and how they mobilize the law on their behalf, and how legal institutions respond to questions about civil justice. Proposals concerning civil justice are invited to consider problems involving and not limited to the following: 1) Individual decisions to engage legal institutions and assistance, and the institutional, cultural, social and economic factors that shape those decisions; 2) Mediating institutions that define, mobilize or manage legal claims, and the differences they make in process and outcomes; and 3) The process and outcomes of decision-making in courts, both trial and appellate.
Eligible Grantees: Except where a program solicitation establishes more restrictive eligibility criteria, individuals and organizations in the following categories may submit proposals: universities and colleges; non-profit, non-academic organizations; for-profit organizations; state and local governments; and certain unaffiliated individuals. More information about eligible proposers may be found in GPG Chapter I.
Prior Deadline: On-going

Social Security Administration
Back to Top

Information ResourceWebpage

SSA developed a new Reentry Webpage Benefits After Incarceration: What You Need to Know, that includes useful links to information about how legal aid helps successful reentry and how to find legal assistance.

GrantWork Incentives Planning and Assistance

The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 authorized Social Security to award grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements to provide community-based work incentives expertise to beneficiaries of Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits based on disability. SSA awarded 95 cooperative agreements throughout every State, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These projects began providing services to beneficiaries in August of 2013. Contact information for these projects can be found at: http://choosework.net.

Department of Agriculture
Back to Top

GrantBeginning Farmer Rancher Development Program

The Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program provides resources to support the development of educational outreach curricula, workshops, educational teams, training, and technical assistance programs to assist beginning farmers and ranchers in the U.S. with entering, establishing, building, and managing successful farm and ranch enterprises.
Eligible Grantees: Applications may be submitted by a collaborative state, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of qualified public and/or private entities. These collaborations may include the following entities: State Cooperative Extension Services; Federal, State, or tribal agencies; community based organizations; nongovernmental organizations; junior and four-year colleges or universities or foundations maintained by a college or university; private for-profit organizations; and other appropriate partners.
Prior Deadline: 11/22/2011

GrantSNAP Program and Technology Improvement Grants

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Program and Technology Improvement Grants are used to support efforts by State agencies and their community-based and faith-based partners to develop and implement simple SNAP application and eligibility determination systems and/or measures to improve access to SNAP benefits by eligible applicants.
Eligible Grantees: The 53 State agencies that administer SNAP; State or local governments; agencies providing health or welfare services; public health or educational entities; and private non-profit entities such as community-based or faith-based organizations, food banks, or other emergency feeding organizations.
Prior Deadline: 5/22/2014

Department of Education
Back to Top

OFFICE OF INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT

GrantPromise Neighborhoods Program – Planning Grant Competition

The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by: 1) Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible organizations that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood; 2) Building a complete continuum of cradle-though-to-career solutions (continuum of solutions) (as defined in this notice) with great schools at the center. All solutions in the solutions in the continuum of solutions must be accessible to children with disabilities (CWD) and English learners; 3) Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies; 4) Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and 5) Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhood program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program. Providing legal support is an allowable use of funds if it is designed to increase stability of families in communities.
Eligible Grantees: To be eligible for a planning grant under this competition, an applicant must demonstrate that it has established a commitment from one or more entities in the public and private sector, which may include Federal, State, and local public agencies, philanthropic organizations, private businesses, or individuals, to provide matching funds for the planning process.
Prior Deadline: 6/19/2012

OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES

GrantProgram of Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights

The PAIR program supports the protection and advocacy system in each State to protect the legal and human rights of individuals with disabilities. In order to be eligible for advocacy services from the PAIR program, an individual with a disability must meet specific criteria. Each PAIR program must set annual priorities and objectives to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in each State. Although the objectives and priorities vary from state to state to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in each state, most PAIR programs set priorities and objectives aimed at reducing barriers to education, employment, transportation, and housing. In addition, PAIR programs advocate on behalf of individuals with significant disabilities to promote community integration and full participation in society.
Eligible Grantees: Only designated protection and advocacy agencies in each State and Territory may apply. The Governor designates the protection and advocacy agency.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

GrantClient Assistance Program

The purpose of this program is to advise and inform clients, client applicants, and other individuals with disabilities of all the available services and benefits under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and of the services and benefits available to them under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, grantees may assist and advocate for clients and client applicants in relation to projects, programs, and services provided under the Rehabilitation Act. In providing assistance and advocacy under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act, a CAP agency may provide assistance and advocacy with respect to services that are directly related to employment for the client or client applicant.
Eligible Grantees: Only designated protection and advocacy agencies in each State and Territory may apply. The Governor designates the protection and advocacy agency.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

Department of Health and Human Services
Back to Top

ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (ACF)

GrantServices for Survivors of Torture Program: Technical Assistance to Organizations and Institutions Providing Direct Services to Torture Survivors

In the past, ACF Office of Refugee Resettlement has awarded up to two cooperative agreements to serve torture treatment centers, as well as, mainstream, refugee, and immigrant service providers who encounter torture survivors in their caseloads. Funded activities have included the use of technology, such as webinars to provide training, listserv discussion groups, development of an online resource clearinghouse, provision of local subgrants to increase capacity, building performance measurement capacity, national and community trainings, identification of evidence-based and emerging practices, and production of resources, such as a toolkit to develop service capacity and knowledge.
Eligible Grantees: State governments; county governments; city and township governments; special district governments; independent school districts; public and state-controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally-recognized tribal governments); nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status from the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education; for-profit organizations other than small businesses; small business; and public or non-profits.
Prior Deadline: 8/6/2012

GrantPost Release and Home Study Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC)

This grant allows providers to coordinate and administer home studies and post release services for select unaccompanied children in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody. Service providers must assist the sponsor in accessing applicable legal service resources, and monitor and help facilitate the sponsor’s plan to ensure the UAC’s attendance at all immigration court proceedings and comply with DHS’s requirements.
Eligible Grantees: Open to all entities subject to exceptions as specified in the grant announcement.
Prior Deadline: 8/13/2013

GrantResidential Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children

The Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children’s Services (ORR/DCS) provides temporary shelter care and other related services to Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) in ORR custody. Shelter care services begin once ORR accepts a UAC for placement and ends when the minor is released from ORR custody, turns 18 years of age, or the minor’s immigration case results in a final disposition of removal from the United States. Residential care providers are required to inform UAC of the availability of free legal assistance, the right to be represented by counsel at no expense to the Federal Government, and the rights victims of trafficking have under the Trafficking Victims Protect Reauthorization Act of 2008.
Eligible Grantees: Open to all entities subject to exceptions as specified in the grant announcement.
Prior Deadline: 8/13/2013

GrantCommunity Services Block Grant

The Community Services Block Grant provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. CSBG funding supports projects that lessen poverty in communities; address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants, and the elderly; and provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services, and/or health. CSBG hopes to achieve for low-income individuals increased self-sufficiency, improved living conditions, ownership of and pride in their communities, and strong family and support systems.
Eligible Grantees: States; the District of Columbia; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; U.S. territories; federally and state-recognized Indian Tribes and tribal organizations; community action agencies; migrant and seasonal farm workers; and other organizations specifically designated by the states.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

GrantCommunity-Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

The formula grant program provides funding to States to develop, operate, expand, and enhance community-based, prevention-focused programs and activities designed to strengthen and support families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Some of the core features of the program include: an emphasis on promoting parent leadership and participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of prevention programs; interagency collaborations with public and private entities in the State to form a child abuse prevention network to promote a greater coordination of resources; and support programs such as voluntary home visiting programs, parenting programs, family resource centers, respite and crisis care, parent mutual support, and other family support programs.
Eligible Grantees: Eligibility is determined by the lead agency in every State.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

GrantTemporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. The purposes of TANF are to: provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes; reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage; prevent and reduce unplanned pregnancies among single young adult; and encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
Eligible Grantees: Funds are available to the 50 States and the District of Columbia.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

GrantSocial Services Block Grant Program

Social Services Block Grants enable each State or Territory to meet their residents’ needs through locally relevant social services. The grants support programs that allow communities to achieve or maintain economic self-sufficiency and to prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependency on social services. Some of the funded initiatives include: daycare; protective services; special services to persons with disabilities; adoption; transportation; substance abuse; housing; and employment services. Legal services are included under the uniform definition of services, and applicable legal services or activities may include receiving and preparing cases for trial; provision of legal advice; representation at hearings; and counseling.
Eligible Grantees: Funds are awarded directly to States. Each State has the flexibility to determine what services will be provided, who is eligible to receive services, and how funds are distributed among various services within the State. States and/or local agencies (i.e., county, city, regional offices) may provide services directly or purchase them from qualified providers.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

GrantFamily Violence and Services Block Grant

Family Violence and Services Block Grants are the primary federal funding stream for supporting emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children. The grants support programs and projects that prevent incidents of family violence, domestic abuse, and dating violence; provide shelter, supportive services, and access to community-based programs for domestic violence victims; and provide specialized services for children exposed to domestic violence. Legal advocacy to assist victims and their dependents is among the activities for which grant funds can be used.
Eligible Grantees: Nonprofit private organizations, tribal organizations, federally-recognized Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, local public agencies, institutions of higher education, private organizations, Alaska Native Villages, or nonprofit Alaska Native Regional corporations.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

ADMINISTRATION FOR COMMUNITY LIVING/ ADMINISTRATION ON AGING (AOA)

Information ResourceWebinar

The Administration for Community Living’s National Legal Resource Center (NLRC), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative, presented a webinar for legal and aging service providers that offered an overview of the NLRC and its partner organizations, and focused on how professionals and advocates in law and aging can access a wide range of resource support, expert consultation, training, and technical assistance.

GrantNational Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention/Adult Protective Services (APS) Resource Center

The purpose of this Resource Center is to provide current and relevant information and support to enhance the quality, consistency, and effectiveness of elder abuse prevention activities conducted by Adult Protective Services programs across the country. In addition to casework services, APS may provide or arrange for the provision of medical, social, economic, legal, housing, law enforcement or other protective or emergency support services.
Eligible Grantees: Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and intuitions of higher education.
Prior Deadline: 9/9/2013

GrantLegal Assistance – Title III-B Providers

Legal assistance provided under Title III-B is part of the essential core of AoA’s legal assistance and elder rights programs. The Title III-B legal services network can provide important assistance for older persons in accessing long-term care options and other community-based services. Legal services under Title III-B also protect older persons against direct challenges to their independence, choice, and financial security. These legal services are specifically targeted to “older individuals with economic or social needs.”
Eligible Grantees: State and local agencies.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

GrantModel Approach to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems – Phase II

The purpose of Model Approaches – Phase II is to build upon the significant legal service delivery systems enhancements previously achieved under Model Approaches – Phase I in the areas of: 1) Leadership provided by State Legal Assistance Developer’s (LAD) in legal service delivery systems design, implementation, evaluation, and project sustainability; 2) Statewide legal needs and capacity assessment informing/guiding statewide legal service delivery planning; 3) Seamless integration and use of low cost service delivery mechanisms in addressing priority legal issues; 4) Application of effective outreach and targeting strategies/techniques to reach older adults most in need; 5) Development of statewide legal service delivery standards/guidelines; 6) Development of statewide legal data collection and reporting systems; 7) Intensification of statewide training focused on priority legal issues; and 8) Outcome measurement of the beneficial legal program impact on the independence, health, and financial security of older adults.
Eligible Grantees: The 31 states that have previously received Model Approaches – Phase I funding, either through state units on aging or other eligible entities.
Prior Deadline: 5/28/2013

GrantPension Counseling & Information Program: National Pension Assistance Resource Center

Through this funding opportunity announcement, the Administration on Aging awarded one cooperative agreement for a Technical Resource and Assistance Center to support the Pension Counseling and Information Program’s grantees and others, and to encourage coordination among projects, State and Areas Agencies on Aging, legal services providers, and other potential providers of pension assistance by providing substantive legal training, technical assistance programmatic coordination, and nationwide outreach, information and referral.
Eligible Grantees: Domestic public or private nonprofit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education, with a proven record of advising and representing individuals who have been denied employer or union-sponsored retirement income benefits, and which have the capacity to provide services under the program on a national basis.
Prior Deadline: 4/29/2013

GrantPension Counseling & Information Program: National Pension Assistance Resource Center

Through this funding opportunity announcement, the Administration on Aging awarded one cooperative agreement for a Technical Resource and Assistance Center to support the Pension Counseling and Information Program’s grantees and others, and to encourage coordination among projects, State and Areas Agencies on Aging, legal services providers, and other potential providers of pension assistance by providing substantive legal training, technical assistance programmatic coordination, and nationwide outreach, information and referral.
Eligible Grantees: Domestic public or private nonprofit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education, with a proven record of advising and representing individuals who have been denied employer or union-sponsored retirement income benefits, and which have the capacity to provide services under the program on a national basis.
Prior Deadline: 4/29/2013

CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES (CMS)

Information ResourceFactsheet about legal aid and healthcare outreach

As millions of Americans become eligible for new, affordable health insurance options in 2014, HHS CMS recognized that legal aid programs can play a vital role in making sure people learn how to get coverage and get help applying. Legal aid takes its place alongside other outreach and enrollment partners with a fact sheet outlining “Ten Ways Legal Aid can Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities
Eligible Grantees: Domestic public or private nonprofit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education, with a proven record of advising and representing individuals who have been denied employer or union-sponsored retirement income benefits, and which have the capacity to provide services under the program on a national basis.
Prior Deadline: 4/29/2013

GrantConnecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment (Cycle III)

These funds support outreach strategies and activities designed to help families understand new application procedures and health coverage opportunities, including Medicaid, CHIP and insurance affordability programs under the Affordable Care Act. Activities funded under Cycle III grants may emphasize increasing enrollment among particular groups of children or conducting outreach in settings where large numbers of eligible children may be easily identified and enrolled. These grants may also be used to build and enhance community-based resources for assisting families with the application process. The five focus areas are: 1) Engaging schools in outreach; 2) Bridging health coverage disparities; 3) Designing and executing targeted enrollment strategies; 4) Establishing and developing application assistance resources; and 5) Conducting training programs.
Eligible Grantees: States with an approved child health plan; local governments; Indian tribes or tribal consortium; tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations; Federal health safety net organizations; national, state, local, or community-based public or nonprofit private organizations; faith based organizations or consortia; and elementary or secondary schools.
Prior Deadline: 2/21/2013

GrantConsumer Assistance Program Grants

The Consumer Assistance Program Grants provide the resources necessary to help educate and provide accurate information to consumers who are making difficult health care decisions. These programs empower consumers by providing direct services to answer health care questions, and expand consumer assistance efforts on the state level, including: helping consumers enroll in health coverage; helping consumers file complaints and appeals against health plans; educating consumers about their rights and empowering them to take action; and tracking consumer complaints to help identify problems and strengthen enforcement.
Eligible Grantees: State insurance departments, state attorneys general offices, independent state consumer assistance agencies, or other state agencies. States and territories may also partner with nonprofit organizations that have a track record of working with consumers.
Prior Deadline: 07/09/2012

GrantNavigator Grant

The Affordable Care Act requires Marketplaces to establish a Navigator program to help consumers understand new coverage options and find the most affordable coverage that meets their health care needs. Each Marketplace will have at least two types of entities serving as Navigators, and at least one type of entity will be a community and consumer-focused nonprofit organization. Navigators have expertise in eligibility and enrollment rules and procedures; the range of qualified health plan options and insurance affordability programs; the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations (such as rural populations and individuals with limited English proficiency); and privacy and security standards.
Eligible Grantees: Self-employed individuals and private and public entities proposing to operate as Marketplace Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplace. At least two types of entities will serve in each Marketplace, and at least one type of Navigator entity will be a community and consumer-focused nonprofit. Other entities may include, but are not limited to, trade, industry and professional associations; commercial fishing industry organizations; ranching and farming organizations; chambers of commerce; unions; resource partners of the Small Business Administration; licensed insurance agents and brokers; Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations; State or local human services agencies; and other public or private entities.
Prior Deadline: 06/07/2013

HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (HRSA)

GrantMaternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program

The Federal Title V Maternal and Child health program provides a foundation for ensuring the health of the Nation’s mothers, women, children, and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families. The program seeks to ensure access to quality care, especially for low-income individuals; to provide and ensure access to preventive care; to implement family-centered, community-based, systems of coordinated care for children with special healthcare needs; and to increase the number of children receiving health assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services.
Eligible Grantees: State Maternal and Child Health agencies, which are usually located within a State health department.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION

Information ResourceYouth-related Webinars

The HHS Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs invited the U.S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative and Legal Services Corporation to develop a series of webinars highlighting the role legal aid can play in helping youth who are homeless, aging out of foster care, or victims of identity theft. The three webinars and supporting documents can be found at: http://www.solutionsdesk.ou.edu/community-of-practice.html (January 16, 2013) Incorporating Legal Services in Youth Programming: Overcoming Barriers to Employment and Education; March 13, 2013 Maximizing Program Effectiveness and Outcomes for At-Risk Youth with Legal Services; April 24, 2013 How Legal Services for Youth Can Effectively Help Youth Resolve Identity Theft and Other Consumer Law Issues).

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

Grant Treatment Drug Courts – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This program seeks to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment services in existing adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts and in Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment to defendants/offenders. Grant funds must be used to: 1) Address gaps in the continuum of treatment for those individuals in these courts who have substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders treatment needs; 2) Serve high risk/high need populations diagnosed with substance dependence or addiction to alcohol/other drugs and identified as needing immediate treatment; and 3) Provide services for co-morbid conditions, such as mental health problems, as long as expenditures remain consistent with the drug court model which is designed to serve individuals needing treatment for substance dependence or addition to alcohol/other drugs.
Eligible Grantees: State and local government entities, such as the Tribal Court Administrator, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the SSA for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the designated State Drug Court Coordinator; Or local governmental unit such as county or city agency with direct involvement with the drug court, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations, individual adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts and juvenile treatment drug courts (tribal or non-tribal).
Prior Deadline: 3/17/2014

Department of Homeland Security
Back to Top

U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program

GrantCitizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program

The goal of this program is to expand the availability of high quality citizenship preparation services for lawful permanent residents in communities across the nation. Additional activities that support this goal include: 1) Making citizenship instruction and naturalization application services accessible to low-income and other underserved lawful permanent resident populations; 2) Developing, identifying, and sharing promising practices in citizenship preparation; 3) Supporting innovative and creative solutions to barriers faced by those seeking naturalization; 4) Increasing the use of and access to technology in citizenship preparation programs; and 5) Engaging receiving communities in the citizenship and civic integration process. In recognition of the role that legal services can play in meeting the objectives of the grant, nonprofit legal aid organizations are among those eligible to apply for funding either as lead applicant or as a sub-awardee. The Funding Opportunity Announcement further says: “The primary legal service provider must be an employee at the applicant organization or at sub-awardee organization. Pro bono or volunteer attorneys may be used to supplement the program.”
Eligible Grantees: City or township governments, county governments, independent school districts, Native American tribal governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments), nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), private institutions of higher education, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, special district governments and state governments.
Prior Deadline: 5/22/2013

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Back to Top

GrantContinuum of Care Program

The Continuum of Care Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Eligible Grantees: Private nonprofit organizations, states, local governments, and instrumentalities of state and local governments are eligible to apply if they have been selected by the Continuum of Care for the geographic area in which they operate.
Prior Deadline: 2/3/2014

GrantCommunity Development Block Grant Program

The Community Development Block Grant program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. Legal services are among the allowable uses of CDBG funds.
Eligible Grantees: General units of local government and States.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

GrantEmergency Solutions Grant

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program assists individuals and families in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. The funds are available for five program components: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance, and data collection. Legal services are among the allowable uses of ESG funds.
Eligible Grantees: State governments, large cities, urban counties, and U.S. territories, who can make the funds available to eligible subrecipients, which can be either local government agencies or private nonprofit organizations.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

GrantHousing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, managed by HUD's Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, was established to provide housing assistance and related supportive services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Two types of grants are made under the HOPWA program. HOPWA formula grants are awarded to eligible States and cities on behalf of their metropolitan areas upon submission and HUD approval of a Consolidated Plan pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR Part 91), which is published by the Office of the Federal Register. HOPWA competitive program grants are awarded to eligible applicants through the NOFA process, although in some years, funds are available only for renewal projects. HOPWA funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning, and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition; rehabilitation; or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. An essential component in providing housing assistance for this targeted special needs population is the coordination and delivery of support services. Consequently, HOPWA funds also may be used for services including (but not limited to) assessment and case management, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, nutritional services, job training and placement assistance, and assistance with daily living.
Eligible Grantees: See specific HOPWA grant.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

GrantFair Housing Initiatives Program

Fair housing organizations and other non-profits that receive funding through the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. FHIP organizations partner with HUD to help people identify government agencies that handle complaints of housing discrimination. They also conduct preliminary investigation of claims, including sending “testers” to properties suspected of practicing housing discrimination. Testers are minorities and whites with the same financial qualifications who evaluate whether housing providers treat equally-qualified people differently. In addition to funding organizations that provide direct assistance to individuals who feel they have been discriminated against while attempting to purchase or rent housing, FHIP also has initiatives that promote fair housing laws and equal housing opportunity awareness.
Eligible Grantees: Depends on FHIP initiative.
Prior Deadline: 6/11/2013

GrantNational Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program

The National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program (NFMC Program) is funded through HUD grants to NeighborWorks, who then re-grants the funds to State Housing Finance Agencies, HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Intermediaries, and NeighborWorks organizations with demonstrated experience in foreclosure counseling. The NFMC Program is designed to support foreclosure intervention counseling services on a short-term basis.
Eligible Grantees: State Housing Finance Agencies, HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Intermediaries, and NeighborWorks organizations with demonstrated experience in foreclosure counseling.
Prior Deadline: 11/18/2013

Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs
Back to Top

Information ResourceTraining

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Office of Tribal Justice Support (OTJS), with the support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative, launched the Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Training program. This three-day trial advocacy course is designed to improve the trial skills of public defenders – including legal aid providers, judges, and prosecutors who appear in tribal courts. Trainings have been held in Rapid City, S.D.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Duluth, Minn.; Ignacio, Co.; Great Falls, Mont.; Chinle, Navajo Nation (Ariz.); Seattle, Wash; Albuquerque, N.M.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Missoula, Mont.; Grand Forks, N.D.; Reno, Nev.; and Philadelphia, Miss., and additional trainings are being scheduled for the coming year. All trainings are free and are staffed by attorneys from the Initiative, Assistant United States Attorneys who practice in Indian Country, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys’ Native American Issues Coordinator, Assistant Federal Public Defenders, and tribal prosecutors, public defenders, and judges.

Department of Justice
Back to Top

BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE (BJA)

GrantGuidance regarding allowability of legal services for Second Chance Act grants

Signed into law in 2008, the Second Chance Act (SCA) is designed to improve outcomes for people returning to communities from prisons and jails. U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance issued guidance informing SCA grant recipients that a wide range of legal services may be an appropriate use of funds where such services further the Second Chance Act’s purpose. The guidance is available here.

GrantSecond Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

The objectives of this program are to improve outcomes for individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders through the provision of appropriate evidence- based services–including addressing individual criminogenic needs–based on a reentry plan that relies on a risk and needs assessment that reflects the risk of recidivism for that individual. Under this solicitation, BJA is seeking applications to implement or expand treatment programs for adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders during the reentry and community reintegration process, as well as expand and improve the screening and assessment for co-occurring disorders that takes place in the jails and prisons. These programs should improve the provision of treatment for adults (18 years and over) being treated for co- occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, focusing primarily on post-release programming for every program participant. Civil legal services are an allowable use of grant funds: “Civil legal assistance can often play a critical role in addressing barriers to successful reintegration. An allowable use of Second Chance Act funds for juvenile reentry services includes referral to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of the grant, such as securing a driver’s license, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, creating and/or modifying child support orders, and other family law services that help stabilize individuals and families.”
Eligible Grantees: States, territories, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments.
Prior Deadline: 3/18/2014

GrantSecond Chance Act Comprehensive Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Planning Program

The objectives for this Program are to fund, at the State level, effective strategies for reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety which incorporate the following principles: Focus on the offenders most likely to recidivate; Use evidenced-based programs proven to work and ensure the delivery of services is high quality; Deploy supervision policies and practices that balance sanctions and treatment; and Target places where crime and recidivism rates are the highest. Civil legal services are an allowable use of grant funds: “Civil legal assistance can often play a critical role in addressing barriers to successful reintegration. An allowable use of Second Chance Act funds for juvenile reentry services includes referral to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of the grant, such as securing a driver’s license, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, creating and/or modifying child support orders, and other family law services that help stabilize individuals and families.”
Eligible Grantees: Eligible applicants are limited to a state correctional agency (the state department of corrections or department of community corrections), or the State Administering Agency (SAA). Grantees who have current Second Chance Act Recidivism Reduction grants may apply.
Prior Deadline: 6/28/2013

GrantSecond Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles

The Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for funding to support the Second Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles. The goals of this program are to: 1) Increase the post-release employability of offenders in related technology based jobs and career fields; and 2) Establish and provide technology career training programs to train incarcerated adults and juveniles during the 3-year period before release from a prison, jail or juvenile facility.
Eligible Grantees: Applicants are limited to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes.
Prior Deadline: 3/17/2014

GrantSecond Chance Act Adult Mentoring and Transitional Services for Successful Reentry Program

The purpose of this program is to promote more effective and successful reentry for offenders through the establishment and maintenance of pre- and post-release mentoring relationships. Its objective is to recruit and train individuals as mentors and match them with participants in pre- and post-release services. Second Chance Act funds for reentry services includes referral to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of the grant such as: securing a driver's license, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, creating and/or modifying child support orders, and other family law services that help stabilize individuals and families.
Eligible Grantees: Eligible applicants are limited to a state correctional agency (the state department of corrections or department of community corrections), or the State Administering Agency (SAA). Grantees who have current Second Chance Act Recidivism Reduction grants may apply.
Prior Deadline: 6/28/2013

GrantJustice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

This program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system. BJA seeks applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program. Grant funds may be used to: 1) Plan, create, or expand programs that promote public safety and public health by providing appropriate services for multisystem-involved individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders; and 2) Promote and provide mental health and co-occurring disorders treatment and transitional services for those incarcerated or transitional reentry programs for those released from a correctional institution.
Eligible Grantees: States, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations.
Prior Deadline: 3/25/13

GrantTribal Law & Policy Institute

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is a 100% Native American-owned and operated nonprofit organization that develops and delivers educational, research, training, and technical assistance programs that promote the enhancement of justice in Indian Country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples. TLPI provides a wide array of training, technical assistance, and evaluation services for Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Eligible Grantees: Tribal jurisdictions.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

GrantSecond Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Program for Planning and Demonstration Projects

The Second Chance Act provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. This program is designed to help communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by offender reentry and recidivism reduction. “Reentry” is not a specific program, but rather an evidence-based process that starts when an offender is initially incarcerated and ends when the offender has been successfully reintegrated in his or her community as a law-abiding citizen. The reentry process includes the delivery of a variety of evidence-based program services for every program participant in both a pre- and post-release setting. This process should provide the offender with appropriate evidence-based services—including addressing individual criminogenic needs—based on a reentry plan that relies on a risk/needs assessment that reflects the risk of recidivism for that offender.
Eligible Grantees: State and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes.
Prior Deadline: 6/20/2013

GrantTribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grants, Training, and Technical Assistance

The TCCLA program helps enhance the opportunities of tribal justice systems and improves access to those systems. TCCLA provides grants to organizations to provide legal services in civil and criminal proceedings for indigent defendants and respondents in tribal justice systems. The goals of this program are to: 1) Enhance the operations of tribal justice systems and improve access to those systems, and 2) Provide training and technical assistance for development and enhancement of tribal justice systems. Related objectives are to provide quality technical and legal assistance and to encourage collaboration among grantees Indian tribes and the tribal justice community to enhance the provision of legal services in tribal justice systems.
Eligible Grantees: Category 1 & 2: Non-profit tribal and non-tribal organizations, including tribal enterprises and educational institutions (public, private, and tribal colleges and universities) that provide legal assistance services for federally recognized Indian tribes, or tribal justice systems. Category 3: National or regional membership organizations and associations whose membership or membership section consists of judicial system personnel within tribal justice systems.
Prior Deadline: 4/4/2013

OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION (OJJDP)

GrantSecond Chance Act Juvenile Reentry Program

The goal of Section 101 of the Second Chance Act is to support eligible applicants who will develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies to increase public safety, reduce recidivism, and address the challenges that reentry poses. Within the context of this initiative, BJA and OJJDP do not envision reentry to be a specific program, but rather a process that begins when the juvenile is first incarcerated (pre-release) and ends with his or her successful community reintegration (post-release), evidenced by lack of recidivism. The objectives of this process are to provide the juvenile with appropriate evidence-based services including addressing individual criminogenic needs based on a juvenile reentry plan that relies on a risk/needs assessment that reflects the risk of recidivism for that juvenile, in both a pre- and post- release setting. Civil legal services are an allowable use of grant funds: “Civil legal assistance can often play a critical role in addressing barriers to successful reintegration. An allowable use of Second Chance Act funds for juvenile reentry services includes referral to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of the grant, such as securing a driver’s license, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, creating and/or modifying child support orders, and other family law services that help stabilize individuals and families.”
Eligible Grantees: State and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes.
Prior Deadline: 6/20/2013

GrantSecond Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Program for Planning and Demonstration Projects

The Second Chance Act provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. This program is designed to help communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by offender reentry and recidivism reduction. “Reentry” is not a specific program, but rather an evidence-based process that starts when an offender is initially incarcerated and ends when the offender has been successfully reintegrated in his or her community as a law-abiding citizen. The reentry process includes the delivery of a variety of evidence-based program services for every program participant in both a pre- and post-release setting. This process should provide the offender with appropriate evidence-based services–including addressing individual criminogenic needs–based on a reentry plan that relies on a risk/needs assessment that reflects the risk of recidivism for that offender.
Eligible Grantees: States, territories, and units of local government including federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
Prior Deadline: 6/17/2013

GrantSecond Chance Act Reentry Program for Juveniles with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

The objectives of this program include improving outcomes for juveniles with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders through the provision of appropriate evidence-based services. This includes addressing individual criminogenic needs based on a reentry plan that relies on a risk and needs assessment. To achieve this objective, OJJDP seeks applications to implement or expand treatment programs for juveniles with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. These programs should improve the provision of treatment for juveniles (younger than 18 years old) with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders within juvenile facilities and include both pre- and post-release programming for all program participants. Civil legal services are an allowable use of grant funds: “Civil legal assistance can often play a critical role in addressing barriers to successful reintegration. An allowable use of Second Chance Act funds for juvenile reentry services includes referral to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of the grant, such as securing a driver’s license, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, creating and/or modifying child support orders, and other family law services that help stabilize individuals and families.”
Eligible Grantees: States, territories, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments.
Prior Deadline: 6/24/2013

GrantTitle II Formula Grants Program

This OJJDP program supports state and local efforts to plan, establish, operate, coordinate, and evaluate projects directly or through grants and contracts with public and private agencies for the development of more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency and programs to improve the juvenile justice system. The program's goal is to increase the availability and types of prevention and intervention programs and juvenile justice system improvements. The solicitation allows for funds to be expended directly by the State, by the unit of local government, or by a combination thereof, or through grants and contracts with public or private nonprofit agencies.
Eligible Grantees: Agencies designated by their State’s Chief Executive
Prior Deadline: 4/1/13

GrantThe National Training and Technical Assistance Center

The mission of Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention National Training and Technical Assistance Center is to promote the use of evidence-based practices by providing practitioners with innovative training and technical assistance to meet the diverse needs of the children in the juvenile justice system, to reduce juvenile delinquency and crime and to ensure the safe and equal treatment of all children in the juvenile justice system.
Eligible Grantees: Juvenile Justice Practitioners.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

OFFICE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (OVW)

GrantLegal Assistance for Victims Grant Program-Sexual Assault and/or Tribal Focus

The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence, at minimum or no cost to the victims. The objective of the LAV Grant Program is to develop innovative, collaborative projects that provide quality representation to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Eligible Grantees: Eligible entities for this program are: Private nonprofit entities; Publicly funded organizations not acting in a governmental capacity, such as law schools; Territorial organizations; Indian tribal governments; Indian tribal organizations; or Indian tribal consortia.
Prior Deadline: 1/30/2014

GrantEnhanced Training and Services to End Violence against and Abuse of Women Later in Life Program

This grant funds projects that will support a comprehensive approach to addressing elder abuse in their communities. These projects will provide training to criminal justice professionals to enhance their ability to address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in their communities; provide cross training opportunities to professionals working with older victims; establish or support a coordinated community response to elder abuse; and provide or enhance services for victims who are 50 years of age or older.
Eligible Grantees: Applicants are limited to states, units of local government, tribal governments or tribal organizations, population specific organizations with demonstrated experience in assisting individuals over 50 years of age, victim service providers with demonstrated experience in addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and state, tribal, or territorial domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions.
Prior Deadline: 2/5/2014

GrantTransitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking or Sexual Assault Program

This program focuses on a holistic, victim-centered approach to providing transitional housing services that move survivors into permanent housing. Grants made under this program support projects that provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related supportive services. Successful transitional housing programs provide a wide range of flexible and optional services that reflect the differences and individual needs of victims and allow victims to choose the course of action that is best for them. Transitional housing programs may offer services such as counseling, support groups, safety planning, and advocacy services as well as practical services such as licensed child care, employment services, transportation vouchers, telephones, and referrals to other agencies.
Nonprofit legal services organizations are an allowable partner.
Eligible Grantees: 2014 applicants were limited to current grantees who received awards under the FY 2011 solicitation.
Prior Deadline: 2/18/2014

GrantRural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program

The primary purpose of the Rural Program is to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. The Rural Program welcomes applications that propose innovative solutions to achieving this goal and encourage collaboration among criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, social services agencies, health professionals, and other community organizations to overcome the problem of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and ensure that victim safety is paramount while providing services to victims. Legal services are an allowable use of these funds.
Eligible Grantees: 2014 applicants were limited to continuation grantees only.
Prior Deadline: 1/23/2014

GrantSexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Grant Program

The goal of the SASP Culturally Specific Grant Program is to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by culturally specific organizations, which are uniquely situated to respond to the needs of sexual assault victims within culturally specific populations. SASP's purpose is to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, non-offending family and household member of victims, and those collaterally affected by sexual assault.
Eligible Grantees: Private nonprofit organizations that focus primarily on culturally specific communities.
Prior Deadline: 3/7/2013

GrantGrants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program

The Campus Program encourages a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The funding supports activities that develop and strengthen services for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims. The applicant must establish an external partnership with at least one criminal justice system or civil legal assistance entity or organization such as external law enforcement agencies, prosecutor's offices, civil legal assistance providers, court or law enforcement-based victim services units, or courts and one local nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services organization within the community where the institution is located. Grant awards by program and year can be found at: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/grantactivities.htm.
Funding Source: Office on Violence Against Women
Eligible Grantees: Limited to institutions of higher education as defined under the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 that: 1) Received grant funding under the Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program (Campus Program) in fiscal years 2008 to 2011; and 2) Have received no more than two prior Campus Program grant awards.
Prior Deadline: 2/27/2014

GrantSTOP Formula Grant Program

By statute, the STOP Formula Grant Program supports communities in their efforts to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women. Funds from this grant program may be used to provide legal assistance. Grantees or sub-grantees providing legal assistance with funds awarded must certify in writing.
Funding Source: Office on Violence Against Women
Eligible Grantees: States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Prior Deadline: 3/20/2014

OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME (OVC)

Information ResourceTraining

A new collaborative effort by the Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative, Office for Victims of Crime, and Access to Justice Initiative is developing online training materials for legal aid providers to detect and address incidents of elder abuse. Aided by legal aid and elder abuse experts, three of the series of six modules will be available in mid-2014, with the remainder due out by the end of the year.

GrantEnhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking

The Office for Victims of Crime, in conjunction with the Office of Justice Programs and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, seeks applicants for funding to support an enhanced anti-human trafficking law enforcement task force and victim service model designed to identify, rescue, and assist foreign and domestic, adult and minor, victims of human trafficking with the United States. The overall goals of the task force are to: 1) Conduct proactive investigations of sex trafficking crimes within each task force location in coordination and collaboration with local, state, tribal, regional, and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies; 2) Identify victims of all forms of human trafficking, as defined by the TVPA, within each task force site and offer a comprehensive array of restorative services to meet each victims individualized needs; and 3) Enhance community capacity to identify and report trafficking crimes by conducting, training, public awareness, and outreach activities. Victims service organizations funded under this initiative are expected to ensure an array of comprehensive services to victims including direct legal services which can be provided in-house or through subcontracts.
Eligible Grantees: Applicants are limited to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and nonprofit victim service organizations with a demonstrated, established relationship and capacity to form successful partnerships with key stakeholders to support an enhanced approach to identifying, rescuing, and assisting victims of all forms of human trafficking.
Prior Deadline: 3/14/2013

GrantWraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network Demonstration Project

The Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) seeks applications for demonstration projects to develop holistic models for wraparound pro bono legal assistance networks that offer the wide range of legal assistance that victims need in the wake of their victimization. Recognizing that victims of crime often have a range of legal services needs stemming from their crime victimization, and that some or all of those needs may be met through a disparate patchwork of resources in the victim’s community, or there may be no services available, OVC seeks proposals for a coordinated, collaborative, and holistic legal response. OVC intends that the models emerging from this demonstration can be replicated by other jurisdictions in the future.
Eligible Grantees: Applicants are limited to private nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations); faith-based and community-based organizations; colleges and universities (including tribal institutions of higher education); and public agencies, tribal governments, or tribal organizations.
Prior Deadline: 4/19/2012

GrantServices for Victims of Human Trafficking

The Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) funds trafficking victim service providers. The grantees funded under this program address the complex and acute service needs of trafficking victims through the provision of comprehensive services – including shelter/housing, food, medical and dental care, mental health treatment, support groups, interpretation and translation services, immigration and other legal assistance, and job training skills – and specialized services, which provide either legal services or mental health services for all victims of human trafficking.
Eligible Grantees: States, units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments), and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofits). Organizations with a demonstrated history of providing victim assistance, social services, legal services, shelter or mental health services for victims of human trafficking are eligible to apply.
Prior Deadline: 06/10/2013

GrantCrime Victims Fund

The Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984, is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not from tax dollars. As of September 2013, the Fund balance had reached almost $9 billion and includes deposits from federal criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalties, and special assessments collected by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal U.S. courts, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. VOCA-funded streams support a wide array of victim compensation and services programs. For example, State victim assistance program formula grants support providers who supply services directly to victims. All states and most territories receive annual VOCA assistance grants consisting of a mandated base amount plus additional funds based on population (see detailed formula). OVC discretionary grants fund national-scope demonstration projects and training and technical assistance to enhance the professional expertise of victim service providers by funding program evaluations, building compliance, awarding fellowships, and improving services to victims of crime in tribal communities and victims of federal crimes.
Eligible Grantees: Depends on grant.
Prior Deadline: Ongoing

OFFICE OF TRIBAL JUSTICE (OTJ)

GrantCoordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation is administered by the OJP (including BJA, OVC, and OJJDP), COPS and OVW components of the U.S. Department of Justice. The CTAS provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia the opportunity to conduct comprehensive planning, enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, support and enhance efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system, prevent youth substance abuse, serve sexual assault and elder victims, and support other efforts to combat crimes. This coordinated grant has nine purpose areas: Public Safety and Community Policing, Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning, Justice Systems (including Tribal Courts and Indigent Defense) and Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Corrections and Correctional Alternatives, Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program, Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities, Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program, Juvenile Justice, and Tribal Youth Program.
Eligible Grantees: Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior.
Prior Deadline: 3/24/2014

Department of Labor
Back to Top

Information ResourceResource Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor incorporated information about how to find legal aid in its First Step: A Youth Practitioner’s Resource Guide to Supportive Services.

Information ResourceConferences and Trainings

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) routinely incorporates a panel about civil legal aid in its job-training and reentry-related new grantee orientations and conferences, and conducted a training for regional DOL staff on the topic.

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

GrantCoordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation is administered by the OJP (including BJA, OVC, and OJJDP), COPS and OVW components of the U.S. Department of Justice. The CTAS provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia the opportunity to conduct comprehensive planning, enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, support and enhance efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system, prevent youth substance abuse, serve sexual assault and elder victims, and support other efforts to combat crimes. This coordinated grant has nine purpose areas: Public Safety and Community Policing, Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning, Justice Systems (including Tribal Courts and Indigent Defense) and Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Corrections and Correctional Alternatives, Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program, Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities, Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program, Juvenile Justice, and Tribal Youth Program.
Eligible Grantees: Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior.
Prior Deadline: 3/24/2014

GrantReintegration of Ex-Offenders

The Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Program consists of a portfolio of grant projects providing pre- and post-release services to both eligible youth and adult offender populations. The RExO program provides funding to develop guidance to the public workforce system on how best to serve this population within the guidelines of our regulatory authority. These pilots and demonstration projects are designed to test the effectiveness of successful models and practices found in community and faith-based environments and other government systems, but have not been tested for adaptability in the public workforce system. The goal is to develop strategies and partnerships that will facilitate the implementation of successful programs at the State and local levels that will reduce recidivism and improve the workforce outcomes for ex-offenders. RExO is designed to strengthen communities through projects that incorporate mentoring, job training, education, legal aid services, and other comprehensive transitional services.
Eligible Grantees: Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, units of state or local government, or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under Workforce Investment Act Section 166 in areas with high poverty and crime rates that meet the requirements of the solicitations.
Prior Deadline: 3/13/2012

GrantIntermediary Organizations Serving Juvenile Offenders in High-Poverty, High-Crime Communities

These funds provide intermediary grants to operate multi-site projects serving juvenile offenders and in-school youth at-risk of offending, ages 14 and above, in high-poverty, high-crime communities. The grant’s purpose is to improve the long-term labor market prospects of these youth by awarding grants to organizations – that will select local sub-grantees – with the capacity to implement multi-site, multi-state projects. These grants include a combination of workforce development, education and training, case management, mentoring, restorative justice, community-wide violence reduction components, and post-program support and follow-up. Case management services include: “referral to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of this grant, such as: securing a driver’s license, expunging criminal records, and creating and/or modifying child support orders.”
Eligible Grantees: Any non-profit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status with the capacity to implement multi-site, multi-state projects.
Prior Deadline: 4/15/13

GrantTraining to Work - Adult Reentry

The purpose of these grants is to improve the long-term labor market prospects for inmates age 18 and older enrolled in state and/or local work-release programs. Grantees must implement an integrated strategy that includes case management, education and training that leads to industry-recognized credentials in their state or local area, and follow-up services. Grantees must provide: 1) Job training that leads to industry-recognized credentials for in demand industries; 2) Employment preparation that helps participants get a job including mentoring; and 3) Assistance connecting to supportive services. In addition, grantees must collaborate with State and/or local work-release programs, American Job Centers or local workforce investment boards, housing programs, mental health treatment centers, and substance abuse treatment services. Collaborations can include: “Legal Aid Services may be paid to provide services with grant funds on behalf of a participant for services related to the purposes of this grant,” provided an applicant provides documentation, such as Letters of Commitment and/or Memoranda of Understanding, to verify the identity of and relationship with the organization.
Eligible Grantees: Any non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status may apply for these grants to provide services to eligible participants in areas with high-poverty and high-crime rates (communities with poverty rates of at least 30 percent).
Prior Deadline: 4/18/2014

GrantFace Forward Serving Juvenile Offenders Grants

The Face Forward 2 - Intermediary and Community grants offers organizations the opportunity to develop programs that address the employment barriers of court involved youth while helping these youth develop the employment skills needed to obtain good jobs. Allowable uses of grant funds for projects funded under these grants include, but may not be limited to, a number of services provided by the grantee including: 1) Legal aid services related to the purpose of the grant, such as: expunging juvenile records, securing a driver's license, creating and/or modifying child support orders and helping victims of domestic violence by obtaining protective and restraining orders; 2) Individual and group mentoring; and 3) Referrals to the following services: housing programs that provide temporary or permanent housing, mental health counseling, rehabilitation services needed to assist persons with disabilities, parenting classes and services to assist with successful family reunification and substance abuse treatment services.
Eligible Grantees: Any non-profit organization with IRS 501 (c)(3) status, unit of state or local government, or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under WIA Section 166, may apply for these grants to provide services to eligible participants in areas with high-poverty and high crime rates.
Prior Deadline: 5/2/2014

GrantStrategies Targeting Characteristics Common to Female Ex-Offenders

The purpose of these grants is to improve the long-term labor market prospects of youth and adult ex-offenders who demonstrate characteristics common to female ex-offenders by using strategies targeted to these characteristics, which may include sexual or physical abuse, family turmoil, early puberty, learning disabilities and school failure, and mental health and substance abuse issues. Grantees must include an integrated strategy that includes empowerment and self-development, workforce development, education, and case management, as well as required and additional state and/or local partnerships. Legal aid is expressly allowed: “Payment may be made with grant funds on behalf of a participant for legal services related to the purposes of this grant, such as: securing a driver’s license, expunging criminal records, creating and/or modifying child support orders, helping parents in obtaining and retaining custody of their children, and helping victims of domestic violence by obtaining protective and restraining orders.”
Eligible Grantees: Any non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status may apply for these grants to provide services to eligible participants in areas with high-poverty and high-crime rates (communities with poverty rates of at least 30 percent).
Prior Deadline: 4/17/2013

VETERANS’ EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING SERVICE

GrantHomeless Female Veterans’ and Veterans with Families Reintegration Program

Successful applicants will design a program that addresses the multitude of challenges associated with homeless female veterans and veterans with families and is responsive to their employment and supportive service needs within the local community. These grants are intended to address two universal objectives: 1) To provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless female veterans and veterans with families into meaningful employment within the labor force; and 2) To stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless female veterans and veterans with families. Applicants must demonstrate linkages with community resources that can provide support and legal assistance to homeless female veterans and/or homeless veterans with families in areas of family law, domestic violence, child support enforcement, and poor credit history counseling and repair.
Eligible Grantees: State and Local Workforce Investment Boards, local public agencies, Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments), for-profit/commercial entities, and non-profit organizations, including faith-based and community-based organizations.
Prior Deadline: 6/14/2013

Department of Treasury
Back to Top

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

GrantVolunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Grant Program is an IRS initiative designed to promote and support free tax preparation service for the underserved, in both urban and non-urban locations. Service is targeted to low-to-moderate income individuals, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking. IRS awards matching grants each year to organizations that offer free tax preparation services during the tax filing season at locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Congress appropriates this funding to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
Eligible Grantees: Applicants must meet the following requirements: qualify as a tax-exempt organization or government entity; demonstrate tax compliance with federal tax obligations; provide matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all VITA funds awarded; not be debarred or suspended; have an A-133 unqualified opinion or qualified opinion without significant deficiency when required by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133; and file all required reports timely if a previous VITA grant recipient.
Prior Deadline: 5/31/2013

GrantLow Income Taxpayer Clinic

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax sys- tem by educating low income taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities, by providing pro bono representation to taxpayers in tax disputes with the IRS, by conducting outreach and education to taxpayers who speak English as a second language (ESL), and by identifying and advocating for issues that impact low income taxpayers. IRC Section 7526 authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to award matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations.
Eligible Grantees: Organizations that are a qualified clinic representing low-income individual taxpayers in controversies with the IRS or operates programs to in- form ESL taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities as U.S. taxpayers.
Deadline: 6/20/2014

Department of Veterans Affairs
Back to Top

Information ResourceFree legal clinics at VA medical facilities

Signaling the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) support for ensuring legal services to Veterans, the VA issued a 2012 Policy Memo to VA hospitals encouraging VA “staff to refer homeless Veterans to legal service providers or referral services for assistance with matters such as child support or outstanding warrants or fines, and to provide office space to legal service providers, when possible.” By the end of FY 2013, there were forty-one free legal clinics operating in thirty-nine VA medical facilities nationwide, a more than 100% growth rate over FY12. VA now tracks the growth of these clinics and provides legal and other technical guidance to the local VA staff coordinating these clinics.

Information ResourceWebinar

The VA included the U.S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative and Legal Services Corporation staff in a webinar for Supportive Services for Veteran Families grantees about housing-related legal interventions.

Information ResourceSurvey includes legal needs of homeless veterans

In 1994, the VA launched Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for Veterans, an innovative program designed to enhance the continuum of care for homeless Veterans provided by the local VA and its surrounding community service agencies. Each year Project CHALENG publishes a report summarizing the results of annual surveys of local Veterans, VA staff and community participants (local government, service providers, formerly and currently homeless Veterans). These surveys ask for current perceptions of homeless Veterans' needs, the degree of VA/community cooperation and collaboration in serving homeless Veterans, progress on local homeless Veterans program initiatives, and include a series of specific questions about different kinds of legal assistance needs. The most recent CHALENG report for FY 2012 (The Nineteenth Annual Progress Report on Public Law 105-114: Services for Homeless Veterans Assessment and Coordination) finds that four of the top ten unmet needs involved legal assistance: eviction/foreclosure prevention, child support issues, outstanding warrants/fines, and restoring a driver’s license. Several of the other top ten unmet needs often have legal components, including: family reconciliation assistance; credit counseling; and government benefits.

HOMELESSNESS INITIATIVE

GrantSupportive Services for Veteran Families

The Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program provides supportive services including legal services to very low-income Veteran families in or transitioning to permanent housing. In an effort to improve very low-income Veteran families' housing stability, grantees provide eligible families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits. The grant application states that the applicant will either provide directly and/or assist participants in obtaining through referrals to other organizations the following services: health care, daily living, transportation, personal financial planning, fiduciary and payee, legal, child care and housing counseling services. The online SSVF Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Webinar Training and Audio Recording both note the importance of legal services and the option of a sub-award to secure legal aid.
Eligible Grantees: Private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives.
Prior Deadline: 3/14/2014

TIPS ON FINDING AND APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GRANTS

1. Where to find out about federal grants:

Federal grants differ by eligibility requirements, award amount, application process, and timing, and many are available to civil legal aid programs as sub-grantee partners to a primary applicant or grantee. Many online resources help determine what types of funding are available and how to apply for that funding. Federal government resources to assist potential applicants in searching for grants include:
  • Grants.gov provides a unified application process allowing grant seekers to search and apply for over 1,000 different federal grant programs across 26 federal grant-making agencies. Users can also subscribe to receive email alerts of new grant postings that meet specific criteria. Searching for closed or archived grants enables you to review old solicitations you want to learn more about in order to devise an outreach strategy for possible future partners. To apply for a grant, users must complete the Grants.gov registration process, which typically takes between three to five business days and requires organizations to obtain a data Universal Number System number and to register with the Central Contractor Registry. Grants.gov offers a step-by-step user guide and help section to help applicants navigate the website, register, and apply.
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance contains program descriptions for over 2,000 federal assistance programs, assisting users in obtaining general information about federal assistance programs and in identifying programs that meet their organization’s specific objectives.
  • The Federal Register is the U.S. government’s official daily journal consisting of four different types of entries, including notices of funds available. A brochure is available to help guide visitors through the online version. To find notices of available funds, searches for “notice of funding,” “funds availability” or “funding opportunity” along with a topic or grant name should help locate opportunities. Grant announcement pages provide a grant summary, contact for further information, application deadlines, and information about how to apply.
  • Some agencies have a “grants forecast” page, offering advance notice and additional time to plan for prospective applications: 1) HHS Grants Forecast is the Department of Health and Human Services’ database of planned grant opportunities proposed by its agencies, and contains actual or estimated dates and funding levels for the grants that HHS intends to award during the fiscal year; 2) Department of Education grants forecast lists all programs and competitions under which the Department has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards, and provides estimated or actual deadline dates for the transmittal of applications; and 3) Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration posts “Upcoming ETA Funding Opportunities” with anticipated solicitation announcements.

2. How to write federal grant applications:

Federal resources also provide help preparing federal grant applications. Examples include:

  • CFDA’s Guide to Writing Grants, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance’s how-to for the grant application process, gives pointers to both developing and writing the grant proposal.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ website offers an overview of grants and funding, what to do before applying for a grant, how to write a grant proposal, application submission, and the application review process. Their toolkit includes sample materials, sample application checklists, and sample program narratives. The Bureau of Justice Assistance has a guide to grants that includes how to find, how to write, and how to submit grant applications.
Updated: August 2014