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Now Accepting Applications for the FY16 Access to Justice Grants Program

[District of Columbia, Dec. 21, 2015] – The DC Bar Foundation has released the online application for the FY16 Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program for DC civil legal aid providers seeking project funding. The application is due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016. Awards will be announced mid-March 2016.

The DC Bar Foundation will award grants to nonprofit legal aid providers located in the District of Columbia to fund direct civil legal aid to low-income DC residents in the following three areas: (a) underserved areas of the District of Columbia; (b) housing-related matters; and (c) to support a shared legal aid interpreter bank. Applications may be submitted for new projects and renewal of previously funded projects. The FY16 public grant funding period covers May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.

The grant funds are available to the DC Bar Foundation through a public grant from the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG). Since the grant program began in 2007, DCBF has awarded over $25 million to projects throughout the District. This year, at least $4,500,000 will be available to eligible nonprofits located in the District of Columbia that provide direct civil legal aid to low-income DC residents.

To access the FY16 ATJ Grants Program online application, please visit the grants section of our website

The DC Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1977, is the largest funder of civil legal services in the District. The Bar Foundation’s mission is to fund, support, and improve legal representation of the poor, vulnerable, and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia, and it is committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. The Foundation provides grants and training and technical assistance to local non-profit legal services organizations and awards loans to D.C. poverty lawyers to help with their educational debt.


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