In a record year for grantmaking, the DC Bar Foundation has awarded over $10.5 million in grants to 33 DC legal aid organizations providing free legal assistance to thousands of low-income DC residents. Our 2020 grant portfolio includes: Keeping families in their homes: $5.8 million Protecting people in the marketplace: $2.6 million Amplifying the voice of those in need: $2.1 million

The majority of funds will help our neighbors in Wards 5, 7, and 8 where a concentration of families of four live on an annual income of less than $25,000. These grants will maintain court-based and community-based offices, both of which serve as critical points of access for low-income DC residents. We are also proud to support a range of innovative projects including representation for detained immigrants at bond hearings, assistance for seniors navigating the probate process to ensure their estate is properly documented, and a coordinated intake and referral network for eviction defense and housing preservation.

These strategic investments, made possible by your support, go directly into the community. They make a tangible difference in the lives of our neighbors in DC. This year’s increased grant funding will create more accessible services in the community and a fairer legal experience for District residents. For a complete list of our 2020 grantees, please visit our website.

Tags: Issue 41 (December 2019)