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Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program (CLCPP) Grants

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits
for Free Legal Counsel to Low-Income Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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DC Bar Foundation (DCBF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/13/19 12:00 PM ET


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofits to provide free legal aid to low-income residents involved in eviction proceedings. Funding is intended for sustainable projects with realistic goals that will increase the involvement of pro bono law firms and attorneys to to assist underserved DC residents.

Organizations may apply for funding for one project and joint projects, by submitting one project per application.

Proposals that address one or more of the following criteria will be given priority (all other factors being equal):

  1. Addresses the most critical legal needs of low-income DC residents facing eviction.
  2. Is likely to expand the number of DC residents who are provided with effective legal assistance in eviction matters.
  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 effective legal assistance aimed at preventing eviction 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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186652

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

The grant year will run from January 1 – December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified recipients under the Expanding Access to Justice Amendment Act of 2017 must:
1. Be a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in DC;
2. Have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
3. Maintain a practice of furnishing free legal services to individuals who cannot afford the services of a licensed legal professional;
4. Be experienced in “housing, landlord-tenant law, or related experience in representing eligible individuals or groups in covered proceedings;”
5. Have “adequate infrastructure and expertise to provide consistent, high-quality, oversight, training, evaluation, and strategic responses” to the changing needs of clients;
6. Engage only in “covered proceedings” with these funds;
7. Only serve tenants who reside in DC and have a gross household income either at or below 200% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines; and,
8. Legal services performed under these funds shall be provided by licensed legal professionals only.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A remote information session is being held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline of Application Process:
- Friday, August 6, 2019: Application released
- Tuesday, August 20, 2019: Remote information session regarding 2020 Civil Legal Counsel Projects.
- Friday, September 13, 2019: Application due by 12:00 PM
- Week of September 23, 2019: Applicant Interviews
- December 2019: Awards announced
- Mid December 2019: Revised budgets and performance measures due
- Friday, December 20, 2019: Signed grant agreements due
- Monday, January 1, 2020: Grant year begins

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

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If you have any questions regarding the Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program, how to apply, or the monitoring and evaluation processes, please contact:

Imoni Washington
Director of Programs
Email Address:
Phone Number: (202) 853-9023

DC Bar Foundation
80 M Street SE, First Floor
Washington, DC 20003

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC

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