Our Basic Field Grants provide funding to support delivery of high-quality civil legal services and access to justice to low-income people throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories through full-service grants for all eligible people in a service area and through specialized subpopulation grants to provide services for agricultural workers and their dependents or for people in Native American communities.
The G. Duane Vieth Leadership Development Program is our first national grant initiative to support leadership training and development for our grantee leaders in the field of civil legal aid. By creating a dedicated pool of funds specifically for leadership development, grants awarded through this program will provide civil legal aid leaders with targeted support to improve their effectiveness. The program is generously funded by the Arnold & Porter Foundation.
The Pro Bono Innovation Fund is designed to support the development of new and robust pro bono efforts and partnerships that will effectively serve more low-income people. To leverage impact, the Pro Bono Fund encourages collaboration, innovation, and replicability.
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.
LSC Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) seek to improve legal services delivery to the low-income population and to increase access by low-income persons to high quality legal services, to the judicial system, and to legal information.
We make a limited number of forgivable loans to attorneys employed by our grantees. Not only does this help attorneys repay law school debt, but it also helps our grantees recruit and retain highly qualified attorneys. Additionally, the Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program helps promote the development of initiatives that make public interest law a viable career path for law school graduates.
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.