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The Pro Bono Innovation Fund

Seeking Letters of Intent to Apply for LSC’s 2015 Pro Bono Innovation Fund


Letters of Intent to Apply for Funding

LSC is currently seeking Letters of Intent to Apply for Funding (LOI) from LSC grantees to support the development of new and more robust pro bono efforts and partnerships that effectively serve more low-income people. In FY2015 LSC has $3.8 million available for direct grants. LSC hosted an informational webinar on Monday, February 2 at 3 PM (ET) to discuss the LOI and full application processes for 2015. 

Watch the Webinar: The PBIF Letter of Intent (LOI) Process


Download the presentation slides


Review the Pro Bono Innovation Fund's LOI Notice 

The deadline for submission of PBIF Letters of Intent is February 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm ET
The Pro Bono Innovation Fund LOI Notice provides the requirements for submitting an LOI Application for FY2015.

LOIs will be submitted through LSC's online application system at LSC Grants. The LOI Application Form will be live and available for you to complete in early February 2015 with a submission deadline of February 23, 2015. 

We encourage you to plan your project and prepare the LOI Application in a separate Word document following the requirements outlined below before the LSC Grants Form is posted.


About the Pro Bono Innovation Fund

In March 2011, LSC’s Board of Directors formed a Pro Bono Task Force to identify how to engage pro bono lawyers and other volunteers to leverage LSC’s federal funding and increase the resources available to serve low-income people. The Task Force issued a comprehensive report with recommendations urging the creation of a new Innovation Fund. On January 17, 2014, the President signed P.L. 113-76, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, which included $2.5 million for LSC to establish a new competitive grant called the Pro Bono Innovation Fund to encourage innovation and replication of effective practices in pro bono legal service delivery. On December 16, 2014, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235 increased LSC’s appropriation for the Pro Bono Innovation Fund to $4 million. Learn more

For FY 2014, PBIF awarded funds to 11 grantees. Click below to learn more about their projects.

Read about FY 2014 PBIF Grantees