Pro Bono Innovation Fund Request for Pre-Applications for 2021 Grant Funding

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Publication Date09 Feb 2021
Record Number2021-02645
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[FR Doc. 2021–02634 Filed 2–8–21; 8:45 am]
Pro Bono Innovation Fund Request for
Pre-Applications for 2021 Grant
: Legal Services Corporation.
: Notice.
: The Legal Services
Corporation (LSC) issues this Notice
describing the conditions for submitting
a Pre-Application for 2021 Pro Bono
Innovation Fund grants.
: Pre-Applications must be
submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on
Monday, March 15, 2021.
: Pre-Applications must be
submitted electronically to http://
Mytrang Nguyen, Program Counsel,
Office of Program Performance, Legal
Services Corporation, 3333 K Street NW,
Washington, DC 20007; (202) 295–1564
I. Introduction
Since 2014, Congress has provided an
annual appropriation to LSC ‘‘for a Pro
Bono Innovation Fund.’’ See, e.g.,
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017,
Public Law 115–31, 131 Stat. 135
(2017). LSC requested these funds for
grants to ‘‘develop, test, and replicate
innovative pro bono efforts that can
enable LSC grantees to expand clients’
access to high quality legal assistance.’’
LSC Budget Request, Fiscal Year 2014 at
26 (2013). The grants must involve
innovations that are either ‘‘new ideas’’
or ‘‘new applications of existing best
practices.’’ Id. Each grant would ‘‘either
serve as a model for other legal services
providers to follow or effectively
replicate a prior innovation. Id. The
Senate Appropriations Committee
explained that these funds ‘‘will support
innovative projects that promote and
enhance pro bono initiatives throughout
the Nation,’’ and the House
Appropriations Committee directed LSC
‘‘to increase the involvement of private
attorneys in the delivery of legal
services to [LSC-eligible] clients.’’
Senate Report 114–239 at 123 (2016),
House Report 113–448 at 85 (2014).
Since its inception, the Pro Bono
Innovation Fund has advanced LSC’s
goal of increasing the quantity and
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quality of legal services by funding
projects that more efficiently and
effectively involve pro bono volunteers
in serving the critical unmet legal needs
of LSC-eligible clients. In 2017, LSC
built on these successes by creating
three funding categories to better focus
on innovations serving unmet and well-
defined client needs (Project Grants), on
building comprehensive and effective
pro bono programs through new
applications of existing best practices
(Transformation Grants), and on
providing continued development
support for the most promising
innovations (Sustainability Grants).
II. Funding Opportunities Information
A. Eligible Applicants
To be eligible for the Pro Bono
Innovation Fund’s Project,
Sustainability, and Transformation
grants, Applicants must be current
grantees of LSC Basic Field-General,
Basic Field-Migrant, or Basic Field-
Native American grants. In addition,
Sustainability Grant Applicants must
also be a current Pro Bono Innovation
Fund grantee with a 2019 grant award.
B. Pro Bono Innovation Fund Purpose
and Key Goals
Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants
develop, test, and replicate innovative
pro bono efforts that can enable LSC
grantees to use pro bono volunteers to
serve larger numbers of low-income
clients and improve the quality and
effectiveness of the services provided.
The key goals of the Pro Bono
Innovation Fund are to:
1. Address gaps in the delivery of
legal services to low-income people;
2. Engage more lawyers and other
volunteers in pro bono service;
3. Develop, test, and replicate
innovative pro bono efforts.
C. Funding Categories
1. Project Grants
The goal of Pro Bono Innovation Fund
Project Grants is to leverage volunteers
to meet a critical, unmet and well-
defined client need. Consistent with the
key goals of the Pro Bono Innovation
Fund, applicants are encouraged to
focus on engaging volunteers to increase
free civil legal aid for low-income
Americans by proposing new, replicable
ideas. This year, the Pro Bono
Innovation Fund will have two Project
Grant types, Direct Service and Non-
direct Service. Direct Service projects
are focused on engaging volunteers to
increase free legal assistance for eligible
clients. Non-direct service projects
propose to strengthen core aspects of
pro bono delivery systems and may not
result in direct pro bono client services
within the grant timeframe (i.e., develop
suite of substantive training materials,
create on-demand videos for volunteers,
Applicants are strongly encouraged to
research prior Pro Bono Innovation
Fund projects to replicate and improve
upon them. LSC is particularly
interested in applications that propose
to replicate projects LSC has previously
funded with ‘‘Sustainability’’ Grants.
Project Grants can be either 18 or 24
2. Transformation Grants
The goal of Pro Bono Innovation Fund
Transformation Grants is to support LSC
grantees in comprehensive assessment
and restructuring of pro bono programs
through new applications of existing
best practices in pro bono delivery. Each
Transformation Grant will support a
rigorous assessment of an LSC grantee’s
pro bono program and the identification
of best practices in pro bono delivery
that are best suited to that grantee’s
needs and circumstances.
Transformation Grants are targeted
towards LSC grantees whose leadership
is committed to restructuring an entire
pro bono program and incorporating pro
bono best practices into core, high-
priority client services with an urgency
to create a high-impact pro bono
program. This funding opportunity is
open to all LSC grantees but is primarily
intended for LSC grantees who have
been unsuccessful applying for Project
Grants or who have never applied for a
Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant in the
past. Transformation Grants can be
either 24 or 36 months.
3. Sustainability Grants
Pro Bono Innovation Fund
Sustainability Grants are available to
current Pro Bono Innovation Fund
grantees who received a 2019 Project
grant. The goal of Sustainability Grants
is to support further development of the
most promising and replicable Pro Bono
Innovation Fund projects with an
additional 24 months of funding so
grantees can leverage new sources of
revenue for the project and collect
meaningful data to demonstrate the
project’s results and outcomes for
clients and volunteers. Applicants for
Sustainability Grants will be asked to
propose an ambitious strategy that
reduces the Pro Bono Innovation Fund
contribution to the project over the
Sustainability Grant term.
D. Available Funds and Additional
Consideration for 2021 Grants
LSC anticipates awarding up to
$4,512,500 through Pro Bono Innovation
Fund grants in 2021. All awards are
subject to the availability of
appropriated funds and any
modifications or additional
requirements that may be imposed by
law. LSC will not designate fixed or
estimated amounts for the three
different funding categories and will
make grant awards for the three
categories within the total amount of
funding available.
LSC’s Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations
legislation included language for LSC
‘‘to explore opportunities to increase
access to eviction-related legal aid . . .
including through LSC’s Pro Bono
Innovation Fund.’’ PBIF proposals that
direct pro bono resources towards
addressing unmet legal needs for
evictions in jurisdictions with high
eviction rates will receive additional
consideration in the application review
E. Grant Terms
Pro Bono Innovation Fund awards can
have grant terms of 18, 24, or 36
months, depending on the category of
18 Months 24 Months 36 Months
Project Grants .............................................................................................................................. √ √ X
Transformation Grants ................................................................................................................. X √ √
Sustainability Grants .................................................................................................................... X X
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Applicants for Project Grants can
apply for either an 18- or a 24-month
grant. Applicants for Transformation
Grants can apply for either a 24- or a 36-
month grant. Applicants for
Sustainability Grants can apply for a 24-
month grant only. Applications must
cover the full proposed grant term. The
grant term is expected to commence on
October 1, 2021.
III. Grant Application Process
A. Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grant
Application Process
This year, the Pro Bono Innovation
Fund application process will be
administered in LSC’s unified grants
management system, GrantEase.
Applicants must first submit a Pre-
Application (formerly Letter of Intent to
Apply for Funding or ‘‘LOI’’) to LSC in
GrantEase by March 15, 2021 to be
considered for a grant. After review by
LSC Staff, LSC’s President decides
which applicants will be asked to
submit a full application. Applicants
will be notified of approval to submit a
full application by mid-May 2021. Full
applications are due to LSC in the
GrantEase system on July 1, 2021. Once
received, full applications will undergo
a rigorous review by LSC staff and other
subject matter experts. LSC’s President
makes the final decision on funding for
the Pro Bono Innovation Fund.
B. Late or Incomplete Applications
LSC may consider a request to submit
a Pre-Application after the deadline, but
only if the Applicant has submitted an
email to
explaining the circumstances that
caused the delay prior to the Pre-
Application deadline. Communication
with LSC staff, including assigned
Program Liaisons, is not a substitute for
sending a formal request and
explanation to probonoinnovation@ At its discretion, LSC may
consider incomplete applications. LSC
will determine the admissibility of late
or incomplete applications on a case-by-
case basis.
C. Multiple Pre-Applications
Applicants may submit multiple Pre-
applications under the same or different
funding category. If applying for
multiple grants, applicants should
submit separate Pre-applications for
each funding request.
D. Additional Information and
Additional guidance and instructions
on the Pro Bono Innovation Fund Pre-
Application and Application processes,
will be available and regularly updated
Dated: February 4, 2021.
Stefanie Davis,
Senior Assistant General Counsel.
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Table of Contents
I. Introduction
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