The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) established this website to help civil legal aid programs and other equal justice advocates find additional funding to support their efforts to provide legal aid to families and individuals.  Click here for a flyer briefly describing this site.

Diversifying an organization’s funding base is essential to its long-term financial health. Ideally a legal aid program would have at least some funding from the following sources:

  • Federal government grants
  • State and local government grants
  • Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA)
  • Court filing fees
  • Foundation grants
  • Corporate gifts (i.e., from law firms or major industry in your area, often as sponsorships of an event)
  • Major gifts (large donations from individuals)
  • Individual giving
  • Other (Cy Pres awards, special dedicated funding, one-time awards, etc.)

This site is focusing on a variety of federal government grants that can be used to support civil legal aid. We will later add additional funding and grant information. We invite you to browse the site. Hopefully, you will find useful information that can be applied in a practical manner to expand funding for civil legal aid.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to email Arielle Altman at a.altman@nlada.org.

In addition, there are a number of great resources that help programs keep track of funding opportunities. Two of the most comprehensive websites are:

  1. http://www.Grants.gov  – on which all federal government funding opportunities are posted (and through which you apply for federal funding)
  2. http://foundationcenter.org – to quote from their website, “[t]he Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. …  grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.”

NLADA wishes to thank the Public Welfare Foundation and the Kresge Foundation for their generous support for the establishment of this website. We also thank the Access to Justice Initiative of the U.S. Dept. of Justice for their outstanding help in identifying potential other governmental support for civil legal aid.


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