Grantee Activity Report and Self-Inspection

Deadlines, instructions, training materials, and FAQs regarding submission of Grantee Activity Reports and Self-Inspection & Ongoing Compliance forms.

The Grantee Activity Report (GAR) is the largest and longest-running data collection effort on civil legal aid in the United States. Since 1976, LSC has recorded and reported data from grantees in a variety of ways. Topics include grantee staffing, finances, case services, and more. Data collection occurs in the first quarter of each year.

The Self-Inspection & Ongoing Compliance Reports are submitted with the GAR. These provide LSC and grantees an indicator of the accuracy of Case Services Reports (CSRs). This enables LSC to identify the need for technical assistance and to provide Congress and the public the most accurate statistical information possible about closed cases. See the guidance resources listed below for more information.

When to Submit

The 2020 GAR and Self-Inspection & Ongoing Compliance Reports were due March 1, 2021.

Where to Submit

GAR and Self-Inspection & Ongoing Compliance Reports are submitted through GrantEase. See below for instructions and FAQs.

Submission Guidance: GAR

  • GAR Guidance Manual
  • GAR FAQs
  • 2020 GAR Webinar & Slides
  • Submitting the GAR in GrantEase: User Manual
  • Submitting the GAR in GrantEase: Training Videos
  • GrantEase Technical Assistance

A downloadable printable guide with GAR data requirements and definitions.

Answers to the questions most frequently asked by grantees about the Grantee Activity Report. This document will be regularly updated with responses to new questions as needed throughout the 2020 GAR reporting period.

The 2020 Grantee Activity Reporting System webinar training, which was conducted on January 19, 2021.

GAR Webinar PowerPoint Slides


A downloadable, printable guide with instructions for navigating and submitting information into GrantEaseGMS.

A series of videos with step-by-step guidance for submitting data into the GrantEase system online. Topics include updating your Grantee Profile, completing GAR forms in the new system, uploading data, etc.

Refer to the GrantEase User Guide for help navigating the GrantEase user interface or for assistance resetting your password. If you encounter technical difficulties with GrantEase, please contact


Submission Guidance: Self-Inspection & Ongoing Compliance Reports

Instructions for completing the Self-Inspection Summary and Certification Form as well as the Ongoing Compliance Oversight Form can be accessed at the link below. This document includes links to all corresponding forms and support materials. Refer also to the GrantEase resources above.

GAR Support

Please email if you have questions about the GAR data requirements, encounter technical difficulties completing or submitting the forms, or if you have suggestions for improving the GAR reporting process.

Self-Inspection Support

Please email for questions about Self-Inspections and/or the Ongoing Compliance Oversight forms reporting, or for previous reporting year guidance and support documents.

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