How to Apply for a Technology Initiative Grant

The LSC Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) program funds technology projects to provide greater access to high quality legal assistance and information for low-income Americans. Learn about the eligibility requirements, application information and resources to apply for a Technology Initiative Grant.

Funding Availability

Since 2000 the Technology Initiative Grant program has awarded nearly $70 million in grants for more than 750 projects that leverage technology to help meet the civil legal needs of low-income people. The amount of TIG funding available for fiscal year 2021 is approximately $4.25 million. In 2020, awards were made to 26 TIG projects with a median funding amount of $125,000.

Event Date

TIG Program Announcement

April 1, 2021

TIG Pre-Application Webinar

April 8, 2021

Technical Assistance Calls with Regional TIG Staff

Mid-April to May 14, 2021

Pre-Application Due

May 14, 2021

Invitations for Full Applications

Mid-June 2021

Full Applications Due

August 6, 2021

Award Announcements

Mid-October 2021

How to Apply for a Technology Initiative Grant
Submit a Pre-Application (formerly Letter of Intent)

The TIG application process begins with the submission of a brief pre-application (formerly a letter of intent) to apply for funding. The submission of a pre-application enables a prospective grantee to get feedback on their project idea. We invite full proposals for those projects that have a reasonable chance of success in the grant competition process based on LSC’s analysis of the information provided in the pre-application. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact TIG staff with any questions or to get information about prior TIG projects.

Submit a Full TIG Application

LSC invites successful pre-applicants to submit a full application in the LSC GrantEase online system. A webinar in June 2021 will provide TIG applicants the requirements for the full application. TIG staff will be available for technical assistance meetings in June and July. Full applications are due on August 6, 2021.

Watch a recording of the TIG/TIP Webinar.

Eligibility

Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) applicants must be current grantees of LSC Basic Field-General, Basic Field-Migrant, or Basic Field-Native American grants. Although other entities are not eligible to apply, they are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Applicants must be up to date according to the milestone/payment schedule on any existing TIG projects prior to submitting a new TIG application. TIGs will not be awarded to any applicant unless the applicant has made satisfactory progress on all TIGs previously awarded to it and is not currently subject to any short funding (i.e., less than one year) on basic field grants.

How to Apply for a Technology Improvement Project
More about the Technology Improvement Project Grant

Technology Improvement Projects (TIP) grants are available to fund a technology assessment, business process improvement and/or technology planning process. The maximum amount for funding requests in this category is $25,000, or $35,000 if the project includes an IT security audit, and they are generally 12 or 18-month projects. TIP applications are shorter and simpler than a full TIG application. There is no pre-application or invitation requirement.

 

Submit a Technology Improvement Project Application

Technology Improvement Project applications are available in GrantEase, LSC's online grant management system. A video tutorial is available to walk you through how to create a TIP application in GrantEase. A webinar in June 2021 will provide applicants the requirements for the Technology Improvement Project application. TIG staff will be available for technical assistance meetings in June and July. TIP applications are due on August 6, 2021.

Watch a recording of the TIG/TIP Webinar.

Eligibility

Technology Improvement Project applicants must be current grantees of LSC Basic Field-General, Basic Field-Migrant, or Basic Field-Native American grant recipients that are not subject to short-funding (i.e., funding less than one year) on their basic field grant award. Applicants must be up-to-date according to the milestone/payment schedule on any existing TIG projects before submitting a TIP application.

GrantEase Training Resources

We encourage you to visit the GrantEase Training Resources page for more information on completing your Technology Initiative Grant application. All TIG-specific trainings will be posted on this page.

Access the TIG/TIP Full Application in GrantEase Training Module

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Download Files

Title of File or Publication Size Format
Sample TIG Pre Application Triage.pdf 378.44kb PDF Download
Sample TIG Pre-Application Mobile App.pdf 299.35kb PDF Download
2021 TIG Application Webinar Recording.mp4 244.90mb MP4 Download
2021 TIG Application Webinar Slides.pdf 1.52mb PDF Download
Technology Improvement Project Frequently Asked Question.pdf 112.55kb PDF Download
2021 TIG General Category Application Guide Final.pdf 1.87mb PDF Download
2021 TIG - TIP Category Application Guide .pdf 1.76mb PDF Download

Contact the TIG Team

Reach out if you have questions about our current funding cycle or past awards.

TIG Staff

Eric Mathison, Grant Coordinator

David Bonebrake, South Region

Glenn Rawdon, North Region

Jane Ribadeneyra, West Region

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