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LSC Funding

Budget Category

FY 2012
(PL 112-55)

FY 2013
(PL 113-06)

FY 2014
(PL 113-76)

Basic Field Grants

$322,400,000

$316,144,749

$335,700,000

Technology Initiative Grants

$3,400,000

$3,158,470

$3,450,000

  Loan Repayment Assistance
  Program

$1,000,000

$928,962

$1,000,000

 Management and Grants
  Oversight

$17,000,000

 $15,792,345

$18,000,000

Office of Inspector General

$4,200,000

$3,901,639

$4,350,000

 Pro Bono Innovation Fund

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--

$2,500,000

  TOTAL

$348,000,000*

$340,876,165

$365,000,000

* Includes an appropriation of $950,000 (post sequestration) for Hurricane Sandy Supplemental funding.

Current Status: On January 16, 2014, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2014 that includes $365 million for LSC, an increase of $25 million from last year. The FY 2014 omnibus funding level reflects a bicameral bipartisan agreement after a 3.5 month Continuing Resolution since October 16, 2013. The agreement's funding is within the $1.012 trillion cap on discretionary spending set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which canceled the automatic reductions (sequestration) on discretionary spending for 2014 and 2015, and set new caps for defense and non-defense spending for those years.  

LSC’s FY 2014 funding represents an overall increase of 7 percent from FY 2013 that included sequestration and across-the-board rescissions. The FY 2014 omnibus also includes $2.5 million for a new grant program, the Pro Bono Innovation Fund. This new funding source will support innovative projects that promote and enhance pro bono initiatives throughout the country. Projects funded under this program will develop, test, and replicate innovative pro bono efforts that can enable LSC grant recipients to expand clients’ access to high-quality legal assistance.The grant criteria would require both innovation (new ideas or new applications of existing best practices) and replicability (likelihood that the innovation, if successful, could be implemented by other legal aid programs).

Census Adjustment: Since 1996, LSC’s appropriation acts have required LSC to apportion basic field grant funds using the US Census Bureau’s Decennial Census poverty data. Since the 2010 Decennial Census did not collect poverty data, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 enables the US Census Bureau to determine the data set LSC should use and directs LSC to recalculate its service area poverty populations every three years. 

The recalculation of service area poverty populations and resulting updated grant check amounts are being phased in over two years (i.e., FY 2013 and FY 2014).