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FY 2010 Legal Assistance for Victims Grants

NLADA recently obtained the list of Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) grants awarded for fiscal year (FY) 2010 from the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Please click here to view the FY 2010 LAV grantees. A total of $32.5 million has been awarded under this grant program for FY 2010. These grants will be distributed over 24 months to 77 programs in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, to provide legal services to adult and youth victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. This program is funded under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and administered by OVW.

The total funding level and number of grants awarded for FY 2010 is up slightly from FY 2009 but lower than in previous years. For example in 2006, a total of $35.8 million was awarded to 85 grant programs. Out of the 77 programs awarded grants in FY 2010, they include:

  • one law school,
  • one tribal organization,
  • four faith based organizations,
  • 28 legal services programs, and
  • 43 nonprofit victim services organizations.

In FY 2009, there were a total of 69 organizations awarded grants, with three law schools, three tribal organizations, three faith based organizations, 36 nonprofit victim services organizations and 24 legal services programs.

Some other statistics related to the FY 2010 LAV grants include:

  • A total of 40 grantees that had received LAV grants in FY 2008 did not receive grants in FY 2010; 17 of these grantees were legal services programs.
  • There were 51 grantees who were awarded funds in FY 2010 who were not funded in FY 2008, but were funded in another fiscal year or were new grantees. Seven were legal services programs that had never received LAV grants before, and six were legal services programs that had received grants in either FY 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, or 2007.
  • Out of the 26 continuing grantees, 9 were legal services programs awarded LAV grants in FY 2008.

For fiscal year 2010, there were seven programs that received funding at a level between $600,000 and $625,000; there were no grants awarded above $626,000. Three of these seven were legal services programs. This amount level differs from fiscal year 2009 where there were nine programs that received funding at or near the amount of $650,000. The average grant award for FY 2010 was around $422,000.

NLADA staff is carefully reviewing these grants from across the country to determine what trends are represented in this year's round of funding decisions. We look forward to working with agency officials within OVW to share concerns in the field and create greater opportunities to increase this funding within the civil legal aid community. NLADA is also working with a group of skilled domestic violence attorneys from across the country to provide input into the VAWA reauthorization bill to be considered in the next Congress.

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