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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits to Provide
Legal Services for Low-Income Individuals

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC)

Deadline Date:

03/15/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations that offer legal aid and civil legal services to low-income populations. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to beginning an application. Funding is intended for operating support that will help in the provision of legal assistance to low-income clients. MLSC funds must be used to serve clients who meet income eligibility, defined in the statute as at or below 50% of Maryland median income.

Operating grants support a wide range of legal services. Applicants may also request challenge grants, to be used to encourage new fundraising efforts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140394

Term of Contract:

Fiscal year: July 1 - June 30

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

By statute, the Corporation’s funds must be used by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to provide legal assistance to eligible clients in noncriminal proceedings or other matters.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received by Monday, March 15, 2021.

New applicants should contact MLSC before beginning an application. If the proposed program appears to fit grant guidelines, MLSC will request a formal application. See contact information, below.

MLSC makes grants once per year on the following timeline:

- January or February: Grant application informational meeting/webinar (see News for date announcement)
- March 15 (or next business day if March 15 falls on a weekend): Application deadline
- May or June: Selection of grantees
- Mid-July: First month grant disbursement of fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)

How to apply:

FY22 Grant Information Webinar recording:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Contact MLSC:
Phone: 410-576-9494

Maryland Legal Services Corporation
15 Charles Plaza, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland

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