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The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a private, non-profit corporation established by Congress in 1974 to provide funding for the provision of civil legal services to low-income persons. Through this competitive process, LSC will fund those qualified attorneys, organizations and entities that will most effectively and efficiently provide high quality legal representation to eligible clients within a comprehensive, statewide integrated delivery system.
Applicant evaluations are based on the LSC Act, LSC Regulations, LSC Performance Criteria, and the ABA Standards, except where those provisions are in conflict with applicable law or other funding restrictions. All of these documents are available on the Reference Materials page.
Each Applicant must demonstrate its ability to meet the selection criteria listed below, which are contained in the LSC regulation on competitive bidding for grants and contracts, 45 C.F.R. § 1634.9.
Grants awarded will be for periods of up to three years. LSC anticipates that most grants will be awarded for periods ranging between one and three years. Some grants may also be awarded for less than one year. Oversight on compliance with the terms of the grant, the LSC Act, regulations, guidelines, and instructions may be conducted during the grant period. Noncompliance with the grant terms, applicable laws, or regulations may result in termination of the grant award at any time during the grant period. Applicants awarded multi-year grants will be required to submit reports and a grant renewal application as part of the annual grant renewal process.
Applicants should be thoroughly familiar with the provisions of the LSC Act, regulations and guidelines, and with the provisos contained in current and pending Congressional appropriations acts. Recipients will be required to comply with all requirements contained therein. The terms and conditions are subject to change, pending Congressional action on any appropriations and authorization bills.
All recipients of LSC funds will be subject to compliance oversight for the period of the grant award. This will include, but will not be limited to, audits conducted according to the LSC Audit Guide for Recipients and Auditors and the Accounting Guide for LSC Recipients (2010 edition). LSC may require submission of periodic reports of program activity and financial status during the grant period. Additionally, the LSC Act authorizes LSC to require reports and other information from recipients to assure compliance with LSC regulations and other requirements. LSC reporting requirements are at LSC Reporting Requirements.
Final award decisions are made by the President of LSC. LSC reserves the right to choose other alternatives to ensure the provision of legal assistance to the service area.