OVERVIEW: The Maryland Legal Services Corporation supports Maryland nonprofits that assist people in need of civil legal services.
FUNDING AREAS: Civil legal services
IP TAKE: This legal organization is an active grantmaker in Maryland and an asset for nonprofits that help low-income residents seek legal help.
PROFILE: Established in 1982, the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) is an Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLA) foundation based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Maryland General Assembly established MLSC to raise funds and make grants to local nonprofits in need of civil legal assistance for low-income residents of the state. It has an executive director and a nine-member board of directors. The organization’s funding comes from the IOLTA program and surcharges on court filing fees. It aims to “ensure low-income Marylanders have access to stable, efficient and effective civil legal assistance through the distribution of funds to nonprofit legal services organizations.” MLSC funds local needs for civil legal services.
The Maryland Legal Services Corporation has a grant program that awards annual grants to Maryland nonprofits. Funds support eligible clients in non-criminal proceedings and involve legal representation, training, research, and coordination of the delivery of legal services. Topics of interest are legal matters that relate to families, housing, consumers, and employment.
Grants range between about $25,000 and $500,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the state of Maryland. Past local grantees include Casa de Maryland, Catholic Charities Baltimore, and Heartly House.
This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. However, new applicants must contact MLSC prior to completing an application to discuss the idea and have a formal application sent to them. In the past, the annual application deadline has been March 15. MLSC selects new grantees by May 31 and disburses funds by July 15. Direct general questions to the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-576-9494.
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