OFFICE OF ACCESS & INCLUSION

The Office of Access & Inclusion 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 Office of Access & Inclusion 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.

Application materials for funding from the Office of Access & Inclusion for the 2022 calendar year will be available on April 2, 2021. The deadline for submission of all application materials will be May 14, 2021. 

Business and Professions Code 6210-6228, the State Bar Rules and Deadlines, and the Eligibility Guidelines for Legal Services Projects and Support Centers.

The Office of Access & Inclusion will host a short live webinar after the release of the application materials. A registration link for the webinar will be posted here when available.

If you have questions or require further information, call (415) 538-2252 or e-mail trustfundprogram@calbar.ca.gov.
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