Request for Comments: LSC Appropriations Request for FY 2015
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is developing its FY 2015 appropriations request to Congress and is seeking public comment and testimony on what the amount of its request should be.
Notice of Funding Availability for Calendar Year 2013 Grant Funds; Request for Applications: 2013 Grant Funds Under the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grant Program
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the national organization charged with administering federal funds provided for civil legal services to low-income people. This Request for Applications (RFA) announces the availability of grant funds and is soliciting grant applications from current LSC recipients that provide legal services in service areas that have been federally-declared as disaster areas resulting from Hurricane Sandy. The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, Public Law 113-2, 127 Stat. 4, includes $1 million for LSC to provide assistance to low- income people in areas significantly affected by Hurricane Sandy. The amount of the appropriation has been reduced by $50,000 because of sequestration. LSC anticipates providing the full $950,000 through grants awarded pursuant to this process. The funds must be expended by grantees within twenty-four (24) months following the obligation of the funds.
Notice of Funding Availability for Calendar Year 2013 Grant Funds; Request for Applications: 2013 Disaster Relief Emergency Grant Funds
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the national organization charged with administering federal funds provided for civil legal services to low-income Americans. This Request for Applications (RFA) announces the availability of $250,000 in LSC emergency grant funds and is soliciting grant applications from current LSC recipients located in a federally- declared disaster area seeking financial assistance to mitigate damage sustained and who have experienced a surge in demand for legal services as the result of Hurricane Sandy. Applications for these funds must be made in tandem with applications for the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, Public Law 113-2, 127 Stat. 4. The recipients should submit both applications at the same time and demonstrate how the activities described in each application complement the other.
Private Attorney Involvement
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is conducting two Rulemaking Workshops (Workshops) and is requesting public comments on revising LSC's Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) rule to respond to Recommendation 2 of LSC's Pro Bono Task Force Report. The discussions in the Workshops and the other comments received will be considered in connection with rulemaking by LSC. LSC solicits expression of interest in participating as a panelist in the Workshops from the recipient community, the organized bar, pro bono organizations, and other interested parties.
Restrictions on Legal Assistance With Respect to Criminal Proceedings in Tribal Courts
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is requesting public comments on issues associated with amending its regulations to align with the statutory authority granted to LSC under the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendment Act of 2010 (the IACAA). The IACAA amended the LSC Act to provide authority for LSC funds to be used by grantees to represent eligible persons in any and all criminal proceedings in tribal courts. Previously, the LSC Act and related regulations permitted representation only in criminal matters involving misdemeanors or lesser offenses in tribal courts. The information received as a result of this request will be considered in rulemaking undertaken by LSC.
Notice of Proposed Revisions for the LSC Grant Assurances for Calendar Year 2014 Funding
The Legal Services Corporation (``LSC'') intends to revise the LSC Grant Assurances for calendar year 2014 funding since the last publication of the LSC Grant Assurances for 2013 funding and is soliciting public comment on the proposed changes. The proposed revisions affect Grant Assurances 13 and 17. The proposed LSC grant assurances for calendar year 2014 funding, in redline format indicating the proposed changes to the current ``LSC 2013 Grant Assurances,'' are at http://grants.lsc.gov/sites/default/files/Grants/ReferenceMat erials/ 2014-GrantAssurances-Proposed.pdf.