Foundation / Corporation
DC Bar Foundation (DCBF)
08/23/19 12:00 PM EST
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit legal aid providers to provide free civil legal services to low-income residents. For this funding round, applications will be accepted for projects that either support a shared legal services interpreter bank or address underserved areas and housing in the District. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of residents with access to legal assistance.
Funding will be provided to civil legal aid organizations that have systems in place that align with widely accepted industry standards for promoting quality, efficiency, and effectiveness in the delivery of civil legal aid, including methods for self-assessment to provide feedback regarding the extent to which those systems are achieving their desired purpose. A strong proposal will demonstrate that the applying organization:
a. Seeks to identify and respond to the most pressing civil legal needs of the low-income people it serves;
b. Has systems in place to ensure appropriate supervision, training, and development of its staff, applies feedback obtained from stakeholders and clients to evaluate and improve organization effectiveness and quality;
c. Integrates pro bono attorneys and others to supplement and increase the effectiveness of its representation and other services;
d. 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,
e. 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.
Funding will be provided only to projects that measure and report to DCBF their performance against stated goals with respect to legal services to be delivered, outreach and training, pro bono development, and any other activities to be funded under the requested grant.
For a list of qualities of a strong proposal, see: https://dcbarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020-ATJ-Grants-Program-Overview-and-Instructions.pdf#page=3
Additionally, in allocating available funding, the Foundation will give priority to proposals that seek to address the most pressing legal needs of the District’s low-income residents and make legal services accessible to this population. Proposals that address one or more of the following criteria will be given priority (all other factors being equal):
1. Addresses underserved areas in the District, OR addresses housing-related matters, OR supports a shared legal services interpreter bank (for this grant application due on August 23, 2019, proposals will be funded only for underserved areas, housing, and shared legal services interpreter bank).
2. Is likely to expand the number of DC residents who are provided legal assistance.
3. 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.
4. Is likely to make legal assistance more accessible to DC residents.
5. Is likely to expand pro bono participation by recruiting, training, and supervising law firm attorneys to help deliver free legal assistance to DC residents.
6. 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.
7. Will test innovative approaches for achieving the above priorities.
GrantWatch ID#: 177289
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
If you have any questions regarding the ATJ and evaluation processes, please contact: email@example.com
DC Bar Foundation
80 M Street SE, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20003
USA: Washington, DC