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Past Grant Program Descriptions
- Affordable Housing Advocacy Project: The Foundation sought to make an impact on the affordable housing crisis for low- and extremely low-income individuals and families through the creation and implementation of a statewide affordable housing project, including regional components. The project undertook systemic advocacy to prevent the loss of affordable housing units and to support the development of new affordable housing units. Grants supported multi-form legal advocacy, including legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy, public policy advocacy and litigation on a statewide and local level.
- Attorney General Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Grant Program: The Office of the Florida Attorney General contacted the Foundation in spring 2009 to ask if the Foundation would undertake a special grant program to provide legal assistance to low-income Floridians who were in foreclosure proceedings or in danger of foreclosure. Funding for the program came a consent judgment obtained by the Attorney General against Countrywide Financial Corporation.
- Emergency Haitian Temporary Protected Status: Grants for the support of programs providing free civil legal assistance to Haitian immigrants with Temporary Protected Status applications after the 2010 Haiti earthquake disaster.
- Extraordinary Need/Special Project Funding: The Foundation funded special and/or ad hoc requests.
- Florida Access to Civil Legal Assistance (FACLA) Grants: The Foundation distributed funds to qualified grantees when the state of Florida allocated civil legal aid funding in its budget through the Florida Access to Civil Legal Assistance Act.
- General Support: The Foundation made grants for general support of the delivery of legal assistance for the poor in Florida. In order to ensure that grant funds were distributed on a fair basis, funding of local programs took into account the number of poor people in each region under Florida’s legal services plan.
- One Time Grants: The Foundation allocated money to respond to applications for one time grants to general support grantees to address needs which were not ongoing or recurring as a part of grantee operations such as technology hardware and updates, new or replacement of outdated office equipment or furnishings, office improvements or purchase, mortgage payoff or principal balance prepayments and special program events.
- Pilot Pro Bono Grants Program: The primary purpose of pilot pro bono grants was to expand and improve pro bono legal services by Legal Assistance for the Poor grantees of the Foundation. An additional purpose was to demonstrate successful strategies and techniques to address barriers and challenges to the expansion and improvement of pro bono services and the utilization of pro bono attorneys.
- Public Service Fellowships: The Foundation’s funding enabled Florida law schools to host law students as public service fellows.
- Regional Grants: This competitive grant program was available to the seven regions of Florida’s Legal Services Plan. Projects were collaborative efforts with significant participation by at least two non-statewide Foundation grantees serving the region. Projects addressed a significant unmet client need in the region or materially improved the delivery of legal assistance in the region. Preference was given to projects that impacted a large number of clients and/or a significant group of clients who faced extraordinary lack of access to justice issues, and projects that were capable of replication in other regions.
- Salary Supplementation: The Foundation sought to improve the recruitment, performance and retention of quality legal aid attorneys in Florida by offering salary supplementation grants that improved salaries and the legal aid work environment allowing legal aid lawyers to pursue careers in advocacy for low-income families and communities while meeting family needs and having opportunities to develop their career capabilities to the fullest.
- Small Programs Special Needs: This competitive grant program recognized and supported small but stable specialized legal assistance programs serving special needs clients which were not otherwise supported by a Foundation grant.
- Statewide Special Needs Grants: These grants were designed to strengthen the services provided by statewide legal assistance programs, particularly in the areas of legislative and administrative advocacy, mentoring to local program advocates, impact litigation and leadership and advocacy in assisting special needs populations such as institutionalized persons, farmworkers, children and immigrants.