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Funding Opportunities for Legal Aid

House Passes Bill to Provide $200 Million in Homeless Assistance to Veterans; Legal Aid Included

On June 16, the House passed the Homes for Heroes Act of 2009 by nearly a unanimous vote (417-2).  This legislation would require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide $200 million in additional FY 2009 funding for at least 20,000 rental vouchers to veterans.  Additionally HUD and Veterans Affairs (VA) are required to offer a range of services, including legal aid, to the very low-income veteran families that would be occupying this housing.

Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance Request for Proposals for AmeriCorps Recovery Fellowships

Funding is now available for Foreclosure Fellowships.  Attached is the Request for Proposals (RFP) and below is a general overview of the RFP.  Deadline is fast approaching, so apply soon!   

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Kresge Foundation Announces Community Relief Loan Fund; Legal Aid Services Eligible to Apply

The Kresge Foundation is offering bridge loans of $250,000 to $500,000 to human services organizations, including legal aid services, in response to the effects of the economic crisis. Announcement does not include an application deadline but indicates that they are making every attempt to fast-track the application process.  To learn more about this new relief loan fund, please click on the following link, http://www.kresge.org/index.php/what/community_relief_fund/

New Funding Opportunity for State-based Alliances Working to Advance Transparency, Equity and Accountability in the Economic Recovery; Currently Considering Proposals from CA, MS, NY, NC, TX & WI

The Open Society Institute (OSI) requests proposals to support state-based alliances that advocate for greater transparency, equity and accountability in the allocation federal recovery (stimulus) dollars at the state level. OSI is accepting proposals from the following states: CA, MS, NY, NC, TX and WI.

Deadline: August 28, 2009

Amount: up to $500,000 per state

Recent GAO Study Finds Weaknesses in Grants.gov

On July 15, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a 47-page report finding systemic weaknesses in Grants.gov and making four recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to address the problems.  Grants.gov is the central grant portal for federal grant programs which OMB oversees and the Department of Health and Human Services manages. 

HHS Office of Child Support Enforcement Grant - Partnership Opportunity with IV-D agencies

The Office of Child Support Enforcement just published a notice for what they call their 1115 grants. This specific RFP is to address the immediate needs of the IV-D programs because of the economic downturn:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2009-ACF-OCSE-FD-0095.html

Hawaii Gets $4 Million in Homelessness Stimulus Money; Legal Aid Receives Some Funds

In Hawaii, eight nonprofit groups received federal funds totaling $4 million dollars to assist with homelessness prevention.  This money is from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Two of the recipients were legal aid programs including the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (receiving $300,000) and Volunteer Legal Services Hawai'i (receiving $100,000).

Soros Gives $35 Million to Support Low-Income Families in New York

George Soros, chairman of the Open Society Institute, announced that he will give $35 million to support low-income families in New York with buying school supplies and clothing for the new school year.  This money will go to the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and is in addition to the $140 million in stimulus dollars under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families emergency contingency fund of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

NLADA Comments to HUD Regarding Confidentiality and Homelessness Assistance Stimulus

NLADA has been working with the Department of Housing and Urban and Development (HUD) for the past several months around the issue of client confidentiality with respect to homelessness assistance stimulus money. This issue arose after a number of legal aid programs applying for funds under the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) were being mandated by their state and local authority administering ARRA funds to participate fully in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

President Obama Nominates New Director of Office on Violence Against Women

On October 1, 2009, President Obama nominated Susan B. Carbon as director of the Office on Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice (OVW). Since 1996, Carbon has presided as a supervisory judge of the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Family Division. She serves on the Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and chaired New Hampshire's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. Please click here for more biographical information on this nominee.

State Street Foundation Funds Human Services including Legal Assistance

The State Street Foundation provides funding for charitable organizations including human services to increase access to legal assistance. Application deadline is rolling and includes California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachussetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Texas. For more information on the foundation, please visit http://tinyurl.com/2w3oak.

Funding Opportunity for National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness

"The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators is seeking proposals for innovative and collaborative approaches to promoting community-wide awareness of the rights and available services for victims of all types of crimes during the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), April 18-24, 2010. Approximately 60 communities will be awarded up to $5,000 each in reimbursement for approved NCVRW public awareness activities through the NCVRW Community Awareness Project." Application deadline is October 26, 2009. Please visit http://cap.navaa.org for more information.

LAW Fund Receives Grant to Bolster Legal Aid for Washington’s Low-Income Residents

OCTOBER 29, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Karen Falkingham
Director, LAW Fund & The Campaign for Equal Justice
206. 957. 6284 | 206.778.0070 cell | [email protected]

LAW Fund Receives Grant to Bolster Legal Aid for Washington’s Low-Income Residents
Three-Year Grant Will Sustain Beleaguered Legal Aid Providers Statewide

Solicitation of Applications for FY 2010 LAV Grants

OVW has released its solicitation for applications for FY 2010 LAV grants; the deadline is Thursday, February 4, 2010. Please click here to download the application.

Federal Funding Roundtable Debriefed and Stimulus Opportunities for Legal Services

Last month at the NLADA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, there were two conference sessions that provided information on funding opportunities for legal aid. One session was the Federal Funding Roundtable (Roundtable) led by Meredith McBurney, ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice and Don Saunders, director, NLADA Civil Legal Services. This session provided an update on federal funding from non-LSC sources and allowed the field to share information, ideas and strategies on raising and increasing these funds.

NLADA Obtains FY 2009 LAV Grantee List

NLADA recently obtained the list of Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) grants awarded for fiscal year (FY) 2009 from the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Please see attached document to view the FY 2009 LAV grantees. A total of $29.4 million has been awarded to this grant program. These grants will be distributed over 24 months to 69 programs in 39 states and Puerto Rico, to provide legal services to adult and youth victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.