D.C. Bar Foundation Awards $600,000 in Private Grants

June 23, 2014

The D.C. Bar Foundation has awarded $600,000 in legal services grants in support of 20 civil legal services providers in the District of Columbia that serve low-income, underrepresented District residents.

“The Board of the Bar Foundation is pleased that we could add $600,000 to the ability of civil legal service providers to undertake their important work. This is an important supplement to the $3.4 million that we disbursed earlier this year for the Access to Justice Grants program,” said Marc L. Fleischaker, president of the Bar Foundation’s board of directors. “We will continue to work hard so this support can continue to expand in the years ahead.”

The Bar Foundation received 26 grant applications totaling requests of more than $1 million. The organizations provide legal services in areas such as employment law, family, housing, immigration, and public benefits. This year’s grant recipients include the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs’ DC Prisoners’ Project, which received the most money at $100,000; Bread for the City; Ayuda; the D.C. Employment Justice Center; Whitman-Walker Health; and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.

“Our donors’ generous support makes it possible for these legal services organizations to provide exceptional and free civil legal services to the most vulnerable and underrepresented. We could not do it without them,” Bar Foundation Executive Director Kirra L. Jarratt.

To see a full list of grantees, visit the Bar Foundation’s Web site.