Disaster Relief Emergency Grants

Visit the Legal Aid Disaster Resource Center to find information for disaster survivors, disaster legal aid attorneys, and emergency management professionals.

LSC currently has two disaster relief grant programs that are open for applications.

Notice of Funding Availability for the Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project III

LSC was recently awarded an additional funding by the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) to expand the program in order to provide further direct legal services to low-income individuals adversely affected by COVID-19.

LSC will select the Midwestern grantees through a competitive process. Eligible applicants are LSC grantees located in the designated Midwest Disaster Area – Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota. Current grantees of the current MLDCP are eligible to apply.

If your program is interesting in applying for this grant opportunity, please take the following steps:

  1. Review the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA)
  2. If you have questions, with the disaster team. You may also email the disaster team Analyst at morrisj@lsc.gov to coordinate a meeting time if none of the times listed in the scheduler are suitable to your schedule.
  3. Submit a completed NOFA by March 5, 2021 following the instructions in the document posted above.

Disaster- or Emergency-Relief Grant Program

LSC's Emergency Relief Grants provide funds as needed to LSC grantees in areas with government-declared emergencies.  Those funds are for responses to damage sustained or a surge in demand for legal aid as a result of the emergency.  Instructions for applying appear below.  Please see our Emergency Grants notice in the Federal Register.  



We have developed expertise in supporting emergency and disaster responses through a network of legal services and national partners to help our grantees better serve low-income clients when disasters or emergencies occur.  Through a coordinated national infrastructure, we provide access to resources and information vital for legal aid organizations' response to disasters and emergencies.

We seek to fund proposals to provide the following services:

  • Mitigate the damage sustained by our grantees
  • Address the surge in demand for legal aid as a result of a disaster


In order to apply for an Emergency Relief Grant, your program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current LSC grantee and;
  • Provide services in an area where any government, tribal government, or equivalant has made an emergency declaration, including federally declared disasters as identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); or
  • Provide services in an area where there has been any other substantial emergency. Please contact LSC if you are unsure if your emergency qualifies. 

How to Apply

There is no application deadline. You may submit the application within a reasonable time after the disaster or emergency event has taken place. Please email emergencygrants@lsc.gov to request an application. 

Reporting, Compliance Requirements & Applicable Law

All grants and grant recipients are subject to all the requirements of the Legal Services Corporation Act and any applicable appropriations acts, laws, rules, regulations, policies, guidelines, instructions, and other directives. These provisions contain restrictions on the activities of those who receive our funds and may affect the eligibility of potential applicants. Recipients of LSC Emergency Relief Grants must comply with all LSC requirements.

Please visit Grantee Guidance for more detailed information about reporting and compliance requirements as well as applicable law.

Submission Deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis. If you are considering applying, we encourage you to email us to discuss your specific circumstances. 



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