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South Carolina Bar Foundation Requests Proposals for Special Grant Program

The South Carolina Bar Foundation is requesting proposals for a special grant program established as a result of a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Bank of America in a mortgage fraud suit.

The South Carolina Bar Foundation (SCBF) will be distributing approximately $6.2 million to eligible grantees over a multi-year period. Therefore, there will be more than one opportunity to apply for a grant, as well as opportunities to apply for additional funding if an applicant can demonstrate the importance and success of the program in preventing foreclosure legal assistance and/or community redevelopment legal assistance.

Under the terms of the settlement, these funds must be used by nonprofit organizations in South Carolina to provide legal services relating to foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment benefiting South Carolina residents. All applicants must be nonprofit organizations and must either provide legal services or partner with an organization which does provide such services. Applicants must agree to participate in a data collection program intended to demonstrate the impact of legal services funded by the settlement in the areas of foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment.

Those interested in submitting a Request for Proposal (RFP) to be funded through this program should read the RFP requirements. The deadline to submit a RFP is 5 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017. The Bar Foundation will accept RFPs via email (mseiner@scbar.org) or mail (South Carolina Bar Foundation, PO Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202).

If you have questions regarding the RFP please contact Megan Seiner, Executive Director, South Carolina Bar Foundation, at mseiner@scbar.org or 803-576-3786.

The mission of the South Carolina Bar Foundation is to promote justice by funding legal access and education. Since 1987, the SCBF has awarded more than $50 million to various law-related organizations throughout South Carolina.

The SCBF provides funding for three primary categories of law-related nonprofits: Administration of Justice, Civil Legal Aid and Law-Related Education. Today, the Bar Foundation is the only statewide funding source for the provision of civil legal aid and law-related projects.

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