The DC Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for its DC Legal Services Grants program from civil legal services providers based in the District of Columbia that serve low-income, underrepresented DC residents. More than $500,000 will be made available to DC-based legal services providers. The Bar Foundation’s DC Legal Services Grants are awarded to organizations that provide legal services in any substantive area of the law. Most of the awards are general support grants, although program or project grants may also be awarded. The application deadline is April 11, 2014, and the grant awards will be announced in June 2014.
“The DC Legal Services Grants are critical to the legal services network in our city,” said Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation. “These general support funds can be used by the recipient for any of its operational expenses in providing civil legal services to the poor and underserved in the District.”
The Bar Foundation awarded its first direct grants to DC legal services providers in 1978. Since that time, the Bar Foundation has awarded more than $23 million in grants funded by the interest on certain trust accounts, as well as private contributions. To support the Foundation’s annual campaign, visit www.dcbarfoundation.org. Connect on Facebook.com/dcbarfoundation and Twitter @dcbarfoundation.
The District of Columbia Bar Foundation was established in 1977 to provide lawyers and law firms with an effective vehicle for fulfilling their ethical obligation to ensure that all residents of our community have access to competent legal representation by funding legal services for the underprivileged. The Foundation awards grants to DC civil legal services organizations, administers the publicly-funded DC Poverty Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program, and provides technical assistance and training to the District’s civil legal services providers.