• 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 $26 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.


The application for the 2023 General Support Grants Program will open in August 2022. The Foundation is hosting a grants information session on August 10 from 1 PM - 3 PMDuring the session, we will provide an overview of the grant programs, funding for the FY23 grant cycle (Jan 2023-Dec 2023),  the grants timeline, and the application process.  Register here by August 6 to attend.


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.

  • Due July 29, 2022 via JotForm by 5:00 pm: Six-Month Report

  • Due January 27, 2023 by 5:00 pm: Final Programmatic Report (completed within the system), Client Story and Required Signatures