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  • Formal name: DC Legal Services Grants Program

  • Awarded annually since 1978

  • Source of funding: private contributions and IOLTA revenue

  • Grant year: January 1 to December 31

The DC Legal Services Grants Program (General Support grants), which began in 1978, the year after DCBF was founded, has provided over $30 million in critical operating support to DC legal aid providers. General Support grants provide unrestricted funds support to help cover overhead costs, such as rent and client record databases, which are not always covered by other grants these organizations receive. These grants are funded by private contributions and revenue received through the IOLTA program.


Applications for the 2023 General Support Grants Program are now closed. The application for the 2024 General Support Grants Program will open in July 2023. Awards were announced in mid-December 2023, with the grant year running from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024. The Foundation hosted a grants information session on August 10th, and provided an overview of the grant programs, funding for the FY23 grant cycle (Jan 2023 – Dec 2023), the grants timeline, and the application process. Click here to download a PDF of the presentation.



Awards will be announced in mid-December 2022, with the grant year running from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023. 


Organizations that receive funding from the DC Legal Services Grants Program (General Support grants) are required to provide substantive midyear and year-end reports on their accomplishments and the use of the DC Bar Foundation funds. The reporting schedule for General Support grants is below. Grant managers will receive an email notification when these reporting forms are ready to be completed.

At any time, please contact us at if you would like to discuss your project deliverables, budgets, or reporting deadlines.

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