Foundation / Corporation
DC Bar Foundation (DCBF)
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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit legal service organizations providing free civil legal services to low-income populations for operating support. Funding is intended to increase access to justice in the District to disadvantaged people, including but not limited to individuals in correctional facilities, individuals living in or fleeing from violence, and homeless individuals. Grants help cover overhead costs, such as rent and client record databases, which are not always covered by other grants these organizations receive.
A strong proposal will demonstrate that the applying organization:
1. Seeks to identify and respond to the most pressing civil legal needs of the low-income people it serves;
2. Has systems in place to assure appropriate supervision, training, and development of its staff, applies feedback obtained from stakeholders and clients to evaluate and improve organization effectiveness and quality;
3. Integrates pro bono attorneys and others to supplement and increase the effectiveness of its representation and other services;
4. Provides other services designed to increase accessibility of legal services to low-income DC residents, such as assistance with self-help strategies, legal information through its website or other channels, community legal education; and,
5. Engages with other important stakeholders working on behalf of or serving its targeted client population, such as the judiciary, government agencies, and social services agencies.
A strong proposal for private funding will also demonstrate that the organization:
1. Has adequate capacity for delivering the services that are proposed, as indicated by experience in providing services similar to those being proposed, related current work that will be supported or enhanced by the proposed services, and other factors.
2. Has a high likelihood of sustainability, taking into account such factors as potential funding sources beyond DCBF, a track record of successful fundraising, a longer term service delivery strategy, and other factors.
Proposals that address one or more of the following criteria will be given priority (all other factors being equal):
1. Is likely to expand the number of DC residents who are provided legal assistance.
2. Seeks to avoid duplication of services being provided in the District, in the same issue area, or to the same special population segments as those being proposed.
3. Is likely to make legal assistance more accessible to DC residents.
4. Is likely to expand pro bono participation by recruiting, training, and supervising law firm attorneys to help deliver free legal assistance to DC residents.
5. Is likely to leverage DCBF resources by applying them strategically to expand efforts by other service providers and/or provide services that could NOT potentially be supported by other funding sources.
6. Will test innovative approaches for achieving the above priorities.
GrantWatch ID#: 163210
The grant year will run from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2334?SA=SNA&FID=35149
If you have any questions regarding the Private Grants Program, how to apply, or the monitoring and evaluation processes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
DC Bar Foundation
80 M Street SE, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20003
USA: Washington, DC