Grantee Guidance

As the largest grantor of funds for civil legal aid for low-income individuals in the U.S., LSC offers guidelines to its grantees and subgrantees on a range of subject matter.  Grantees seeking guidance not found on this website are encouraged to contact us directly with questions.

Applicable Laws and Regulations

As an independent corporation created by Congress and charged with distributing government funds, LSC is governed by federal law. Federal law also applies to recipients of LSC grant funds. The following provide guidance on the operation and responsibilities of LSC and its grantees:

Additional Requirements


Grantees seeking interpretive or special guidance or instructions on specific topics or subject matter should also refer to:

LSC also issues guidance on the above-referenced laws, regulations, guidelines, and instructions through webinars, remote meetings, and at national and local conferences.

Reporting Requirements

All grants and grant recipients must submit reports and other information to LSC. 

Special grants such as Technology Initiative Grant funding or Pro Bono Innovation funding have additional reporting requirements that must be submitted to LSC by the due dates provided as part of the acceptance of the award.

LSC Performance Criteria

The LSC Performance Criteria guides LSC's grantmaking and overisght.

The Performance Criteria is divided into four performance areas:

  1. Effectiveness in identifying the most pressing civil legal need of low-income people in the service area and targeting resources to address those needs
  2. Effectiveness in engaging and serving the low-income population throughout the service area
  3. Effectiveness of legal representation and other program activities intended to benefit the low-income population in the service area
  4. Effectiveness of governance, leadership, and administration