Grant FAQs

These questions and answers provide general grant information.

1. When does MLSC accept grant applications?
2. When are funding decisions made and awards distributed?
3. Are applications available online?
4. What are the criteria that MLSC uses to make funding decisions?
5. Is the application process the same for a new applicant as for a current grantee?

Q1. When does MLSC accept grant applications?

A. The MLSC grant cycle is once per year. Grant applications are distributed at an informational meeting in late January or early February. The deadline for applications is March 15 each year.
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Q2. When are funding decisions made and awards distributed?

A. Grant funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors in May or June. The funding cycle is administered on a fiscal year of July 1 through June 30.
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Q3. Are applications available online?

A. The grant application packet and instructions can be downloaded from the Grant Application Process page.
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Q4. What are the criteria that MLSC uses to make funding decisions?

A. By statute, the Corporation’s funds must be used by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to provide legal assistance to eligible clients in noncriminal proceedings or other matters. The definition of “legal assistance” means the legal representation of eligible clients and includes training, research, coordination with private attorneys and other activities necessary to insure the delivery of quality legal services. MLSC gives priority to the provision of direct legal services to individual clients. Specific criteria are provided in the general instructions with the grant application packet. For a more detailed description of funding guidelines, potential grantees should review Maryland Code, Human Services, Article 11.
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Q5. Is the application process the same for a new applicant as for a current grantee?

A. A nonprofit organization interested in applying for a grant for the first time should send a brief description of the proposed program to the Corporation. If the proposed program appears to fit grant guidelines, the Corporation will request a formal application and more detailed information.
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