LEGAL SERVICES TRUST FUND PROGRAM

The Legal Services Trust Fund Program of The State Bar of California distributes and monitors grants to nonprofit organizations that provide free civil legal services to indigent people in California.

The revenue for these grants comes primarily from three sources: These funds are allocated among approximately 100 nonprofit organizations in California each grant year pursuant to criteria set forth by statute. Nonprofit corporations that provide free civil legal services to indigent Californians as their primary purpose and function can qualify to receive grants through the Legal Services Trust Fund Program as Qualified Legal Services Projects. Nonprofits that have as their primary purpose and function the provision of legal technical assistance, legal training, or advocacy support, and which provide a significant level of such services to Qualified Legal Services Projects can qualify as Support Centers.

Partnership Grant applications for 2018 funding for joint Court/Legal Services Program Projects are now available online to currently funded programs. See a sample application and guidelines (RFP and Sample). Deadline is May 3, 2017.

Application materials for funding from the Legal Services Trust Fund Program for the 2018 calendar year will be available on or about April 28, 2017. The deadline for submission of all application materials will be June 9, 2017. (LSP Sample & SC Sample)

If you are not a current recipient of IOLTA funds and need more information on eligibility, see the California Business and Professions Code 6210-6228, the State Bar Rules, and the Eligibility Guidelines for Legal Services Projects and Support Centers, and call (415) 538-2252 or e-mail trustfundprogram@calbar.ca.gov.
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