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Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) Grants

Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits for Law-Related
Programming to Benefit the Underserved

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Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF)

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 4:30 PM


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Grants to Louisiana nonprofits for programs and projects that promote a basic understanding of the law, assist indigent citizens with their civil legal needs, and promote improvements to the justice system. Funding is available in the program areas of children's legal services, education, domestic violence, legal service providers, and pro-bono projects.

Children's Legal Services Grants
The Children's Legal Services grant program helps to provide legal assistance to needy children in areas of law which affect their safety, well-being, and future development. Annual grants are available to: organizations providing direct legal representation of children, in matters ranging from delinquency to access to special education, mental health, and foster care services; organizations engaging in impact litigation and/or systemic legal reform efforts on behalf of children; organizations that provide lay advocacy for children in legal proceedings; and organizations that assist with the administration of justice with respect to children. As with all Bar Foundation funds, priority will be given to organizations providing direct legal representation.

Law-Related Education Grants
The LBF awards grants to non-profit 501c3 entities for law-related educational programs benefiting children and/or the public. Law-related education is the teaching of legal rights, responsibilities, and the role of the citizen by bringing together teachers, community leaders, and legal professionals. These programs provide lesson plans for teachers to initiate the critical thinking and problem solving built around the civic content of rules, laws, and the legal system. Topics include the concept of mediation, conflict resolution, the electoral college, and crime statistics and consequences.

Legal Service Corporations
Eligible programs are funded by the LSC federal agency and provide civil legal services to the indigent in each parish of the state. Attorneys and paralegals provide free legal services in many areas of the law including: spouse abuse, divorce, child custody, adoptions, child support, child in need of care matters, child abuse and neglect, medicare benefits, unemployment compensation, veterans benefits, social security and SSI claims, welfare, public housing, and landlord/tenant matters.

Domestic Violence Programs
These agencies enable people to leave abusive relationships and seek safety for themselves and their children. Essential services provided by these agencies are shelter, 24-hour crisis line, legal services, education of domestic/dating violence, and establishing collaborative relationships with law enforcement, judges, clerks of court, and prosecutors. By offering safety to these kids and their families, we seek to break the cycle of violence and offer hope for their future.

Pro Bono Projects
Often operated by the local bar association, these projects utilize the local private bar to handle cases for the poor pro bono in many legal areas as indicated above.

Other Direct Legal Services Providers
Through staff attorneys and paralegals, these programs provide legal services of a special nature such as mental health and child advocacy mediation.

Applicants should demonstrate fiscal responsibility, program stability and an ability to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of quality services.

Significant weight will be given to applicants with a history of a clear ability to provide a successful program.

For applicants seeking grants for the provision of legal aid to the poor, the following additional guidelines will apply:

- Pro bono publico programs will be encouraged;
- The use of grant funds in contracting or subcontracting with private attorneys is discouraged;
- Priority will be given to applications requesting funds for the direct representation of clients; and
- Programs which actively participate in a local or state Pro Bono Project will receive high priority.

Consideration will be given to the proportion of the public proposed to be served within a geographic area and the breadth of services proposed to be offered. Short-term and long-term impact per grant dollar will be given consideration in this context.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177107

Term of Contract:

Applications should be made for the twelve month (fiscal year) budget period. I Applications should be made for the twelve month (fiscal year) budget period.

This application covers the grant funding period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant requests must be consistent with the tax-exempt public purposes prescribed by the Foundation and with applicable Internal Revenue Code regulations and rulings (including those under Section 501(c)(3).

Applicant organizations must be recognized as tax-exempt organizations under the laws of the State of Louisiana and the Internal Revenue Code or as other not-for-profit entities.

You will be asked to provide your tax identification number in the grant application. Those programs submitting an application with a "pending" IRS status must receive an official ruling prior to the start of the evaluation of grant applications in order for the application to be considered.

Funds will not be awarded to provide legal assistance with respect to any fee-generating case. (For Legal Services Corporation grantees and subgrantees, only those fee-generating cases permitted for non- LSC funds to provide representation in cases in which statutory attorney fees are awarded and in which representation is allowed under the provisions of 45 CFR 1609, when: a. the collection of such fees will not diminish the return to the client; and b. such fees are paid directly to the pro bono project or donated to the pro bono project by the attorney will be permitted.)

The Foundation will not make grants to:
-Political campaigns;
-Organizations engaging in lobbying activities on a regular and recurring basis;
-Support travel, either by groups or individuals;
-Endowment campaigns;
-Fund individual scholarships or stipends; or
-Lawyers in the private practice of law.

Pre-Application Information:

About the Foundation's programs:

Children's Legal Service Grants:

Law-Related Education Grants:

Legal Service Corporations:

Domestic Violence Programs:

Pro-bono Projects:

Other Direct Legal Services Providers:

Applications must be finalized by Friday, December 1, 2017 no later than 4:30 PM.

The Grants Committee is scheduled to meet in April and announcements of the grant award decisions will be mailed to applicants in May.

Due to limited funding, the Foundation will not award BCD grants for renovation only applications.

Local Advocacy Centers, CASAs, Supervised Visitation Centers and Teen Courts are subject to a sunsetting policy, which states that these programs should receive no more than three years of funding, with the recipient's grant award falling in the second and third year.

Contact Information:

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

Appy Online:

Renee B. LeBoeuf, Grants Manager

Louisiana Bar Foundation
1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1000
New Orleans, LA 70112

P: 504.561.1046
F: 504.566.1926

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana