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Summary of Potential Funding Opportunities for Civil Legal Services Organizations Under the Stimulus

DC Access to Justice Commission shares the following chart which summarizes potential funding opportunities for civil legal services under the economic stimulus. The chart lists the agency/organization, funding opportunity, application deadline, description of grant and grant amount.

$50 million for strengthen Charities

"The stimulus law also includes $50-million for a new program to strengthen charities so they can help people suffering from the economic downturn. This money comes in place of $100-million that the House proposed for the Compassion Capital Fund, a program created by President Bush to provide money to religious and other charities. It would be earmarked for "capacity-building grants" for groups with "clear and measurable goals" that are "able to evaluate the success of their program," says a report by the House-Senate conference committee that drew up the final bill."

Stimulus Money for Department of Treasury

Department of Treasury: The Treasury Department has allocated its share of the stimulus funds to go to the administrative budget: IRS Health Insurance Tax Credit Administration; Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; Community Development Financial Institutions; Financial Management Service; Internal Revenue Service

Department of Justice

Department of Justice: $4 billion to "enhance state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts, including the hiring of new police officers, to combat violence against women, and to fight Internet crimes against children.

Stimulus Money for Department of Education

Department of Education: Around $141 billion will go for saving or creating early childhood, K-12 and higher education jobs; create construction jobs related to school modernization projects; raising Pell grants and tuition tax credits for college, among other programs

Stimulus Money for HUD

Department of Housing and Urban Development: $13.61 billion for projects and programs, nearly 75 percent of which was allocated to state and local recipients on February 25, 2009. -- Neighborhood Stabilization Program: $2 billion invested in mitigating the impact of foreclosures through the purchase and rehabilitation of foreclosed, vacant properties in order to create more affordable housing and renew neighborhoods devastated by the economic crisis.

Stimulus Money for SBA

Here is what the SBA will be getting: Small Business Administration: $730 million to make changes to the agency's lending and investment programs to reach more small businesses that need help, including: temporary fee reductions on SBA loans, setting up a new loan program to help small businesses meet existing debt payments, technical assistance grants to small lenders and upgrading technology systems.

Stimulus Money for Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security will be getting money but I don't think it has been identified yet. Department of Homeland Security: ($??) DHS says about half of the stimulus funds will be "allotted to information technology-related programs." Remember that immigration falls under DHS, including programs related to trafficking.

Stimulus Money for the EPA

Here is what the EPA is getting: Environmental Protection Agency: $7.22 billion for programs that will "protect and promote both 'green' jobs and a healthier environment,

Stimulus Money for the National Endowment for the Arts

Here is what is going to the National Endowment for the Arts: National Endowment for the Arts: $50, including one-time grants to eligible nonprofit organizations including arts organizations, local arts agencies, statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations, units of state or local government, and a wide range of other organizations for projects that focus on the preservation of jobs in the arts. All applicants must be previous NEA award recipients from the past four years. (Application deadline: April 2, 2009)
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