The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is providing notice of the proposed availability of grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients during calendar year 2014. LSC awards grants through a system of competition, pursuant to LSC's competitive bidding regulation, 45 C.F.R. Part 1634, and the LSC Appropriation Acts. Eligible applicants for LSC funding include: 1) current LSC recipients; 2) nonprofit organizations that have as a purpose the furnishing of legal assistance to eligible clients; 3) private attorneys, groups of private attorneys or law firms; 4) state or local governments; and 5) substate regional planning and coordination agencies. Learn more about applicant eligibility here.
In accordance with LSC’s multi-year funding policy, grant applications for calendar year 2014 funding will be accepted for specified service areas. LSC will publish the listing of competed service areas in the Federal Register and on the Where We Fund page. To apply for funding applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC), and submit a complete grant application responsive to the LSC Request for Proposals (RFP).
LSC evaluates grant applications based on the American Bar Association Standards for the Provision of Civil Legal Aid, the LSC Performance Criteria, LSC Regulations and the RFP. LSC’s selection criteria are detailed at 45 C.F.R. § 1634.9. Pursuant to the statute and regulation, LSC’s competitive bidding process prohibits preference to current or previous recipients of LSC funds.
LSC has established a service desk to respond to information requests and inquiries about the competitive grant and grant renewal process. Contact the service desk at firstname.lastname@example.org. LSC will hold a free Applicant Informational Session online conference to assist applicants in preparing grant applications and to promote participation in the competitive grants process. Details about the conference will be posted here as the conference date becomes closer.
The 2014 grants process for competitive grant and grant renewal applicants follows three schedules as described below. Review the schedules for a listing of key activities and dates.