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2017-2018 Annual/Sustaining Grant Applications Now Available

Important things to note:
  • BCD, CLS, LRE, LAP and SRL applications must be finalized by Thursday, December 1, 2016 no later than 5 p.m.
  • LRAP applications must be finalized by Friday, February 10, 2017 no later than 5 p.m.
  • Due to limited funding, we will not award BCD grants for renovation only applications.
  • This application covers the grant funding period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
  • To avoid delays with completing the application, have a computer literate member of your staff handle the online grant application process.
  • Please review past grant awards reflecting grant award amounts.
  • Stay within the maximum character limit for all sections as indicated.

LBF funding is available in the following categories:

Building Capital Development (BCD)
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Grants up to $25,000, are awarded on a matching basis, to current grantees with the purpose of assisting in the acquisition of an office building and/or property. Acquisition projects will be eligible for consideration, including planning, architectural and renovation expenses, for up to eight (8) years of funding or a maximum of $200,000. Recipients of this funding must apply on an annual basis for all BCD grants.

Children's Legal Services (CLS)
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Grants are awareded to non-profit 501c3 entities providing legal assistance to needy children in areas of law which affect their safety, well-being, and future development. CLS funding will focus primarily on statewide or regional impact agencies. Annual grants are available to:

organizations providing direct legal representation of children, in matters ranging from delinquency to access to special education, mental health, and foster care services;

organizations engaging in impact litigation and/or systemic legal reform efforts on behalf of children;

organizations that provide lay advocacy for children in legal proceedings; and

organizations that assist with the administration of justice with respect to children.

As with all Bar Foundation funds, priority will be given to organizations providing direct legal representation. Local Advocacy Centers, CASAs, Supervised Visitation Centers and Teen Courts are eligible for seed funding, but after three years such programs will be subject to the Bar Foundation's sunset policy. The sunset policy calls for decreasing funding over the three-year period. The local programs are encouraged to seek funding from the LBF Community Partnership Panel in their area.

Law-Related Education (LRE)
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Grants are awarded to non-profit 501c3 entities for the provision of law-related educational programs to children and/or the public.

Legal Assistance to the Poor (LAP)
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Grants are awarded to non-profit 501c3 entities for the provision of free direct legal services to indigent clients. The LBF recognizes four types of programs that qualify for LAP funding: Legal Service Corporations (LSC); Pro Bono Projects (PBP); Domestic Violence Programs (DVP); and Other/Specialized Legal Service Providers (OLS).

Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
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Forgivable loans of up to $5,000 per year are awarded to attorneys working at an organization supported by the LBF. The loan is disbursed quarterly and is forgiven after completion of 12 months employment at the legal aid provider. Recipients of this funding are welcome to re-apply annually for assistance.

Self-Represented Litigant (SRL)
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Grants are awarded to non-profit 501c3 entities to develop innovative solutions to assist and empower individuals to gain meaningful access to our courts. These initiatives include self-help centers, pro se clinics, unbundled legal services, mediation programs, and much more.

If you have any questions about the application process or online application, please contact Renee LeBoeuf at (504) 561-1046.

Louisiana Bar Foundation  |  1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1000  |  New Orleans, LA 70112  |  Phone: 504.561.1046  |  Fax: 504.566.1926