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Competition Application - Standard RFP

The application period for 2015 grants has ended. 

This page contains approximate dates for the 2016 grants application process. See exact dates for submission deadlines.

The Standard RFP is for new applicants, and current recipients that have not had an LSC program quality visit (PQV) since January 1, 2013.

All components of the grant application are submitted through the online application system at Find complete instructions for filing a grant proposal in the RFP Narrative Instruction, available for download in April, 2015.


Step 1: Complete a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) (April-May, 2015)

The NIC requires the following information:

  • The service area(s) applied for (click to learn more about service areas)
  • The names and general information about the principals and key staff 
  • The names and general information about current or proposed governing or policy body members and their appointing organizations

Applicants will receive an email alert when they submit the NIC, and another email alert when LSC approves the NIC. Applicants can begin working on the grant application as soon as the NIC has been approved. 


Step 2: Complete the grant application (deadline: early June, 2015)

Applicants can begin work on the grant application once the NIC has been approved by LSC. 

A complete and qualified grant application has five components. 

  1. The responses to RFP Inquiries and Charts - These responses are submitted through the online application system.
  1. Forms – The RFP forms capture an overview of the applicant’s organization, as well as budget, governing board, technology, CSR and staffing data, and a description of policies, procedures and staffing for fiscal oversight and internal controls. Applicants that do not currently have a governing or policy body that complies with Regulation 45 C.F.R. Part 1607.3 must provide a plan to meet this requirement. Applicants are asked to provide a list of references, and disclose any potential conflicts of interest, as well as any professional disciplinary complaints, criminal convictions, civil contempt, and malpractice lawsuits and/or claims made in the past thirty-six months. Applicants must disclose whether they experienced fraud, misappropriation of funds, embezzlement, or theft within the last twenty-four months. The forms are completed and submitted through the online application system.
  1. The Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) plan – Regulation 45 C.F.R. Part 1614 requires that an amount equal to at least 12½% of the annual LSC award will be devoted by the Applicant to the involvement of private attorneys in the delivery of legal services to the poor.
  1. The Technology plan
  1. Other documents:
  • An organizational chart
  • Resumes of the organization’s principals
  • Any performance evaluations and monitoring reports (PEM) received in the past thirty-six months
  • Previous year IRS Form 990
  • Responses to Subgrant Inquiries and Additional Subgrant Information, if applicable 
  • Additional fiscal information
  • Financial Audit Reports (Required only for applicants that are not current LSC Recipients.)


Step 3: Grants Assurances and Grant Certification (August, 2015)

Applicants are required to certify compliance with the LSC Grant Assurances (Form C) and other requirements specified on the Grant Certification Form (Form I).

The 2016 Grant Assurances and Grant Certification forms will be available in August, 2015.

Applicants will get an email alert when these documents are available.