Grants Matrix: Overview of State-Administered Federal Funds

This matrix is intended as an introduction to the possibilities for partnering with state and local governments to address the need for civil legal aid. It provides an overview of those state-administered federal funds that can support legal aid and examples of how states have used these funds to advance their goals. It also gives helpful tips, like examples of funded legal aid, how to find your state’s administrator, and where to find state-specific plans and reports.

Grants Matrix PDF Grants Matrix At-A-Glance PDF

Funding-By-Issue Cheat Sheet

In order to ease your way into the lengthy Grants Matrix, we offer this birds-eye view of the populations served and issues commonly addressed by legal aid providers and the non-exhaustive list of state-administered federal funds that can support legal aid solutions.

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Assisted self-help

  1. Question Mark
  2. Title IV-D
    VOCA
    MHBG - SABG
    AmeriCorps
    SSBG

Consumers

  1. Dollar symbol on tag
  2. VOCA (financial fraud, identity theft)
    CDBG
    Ryan White HIV/AIDS
    SSBG
    AmeriCorps

People with a criminal record

  1. Courthouse symbol
  2. SOR
    AmeriCorps
    TANF
    MHBG - SABG
    WIOA
    VOCA

Education

  1. graduation cap
  2. AmeriCorps
    MHBG - SABG
    CSBG
    SSBG

Survivors of domestic violence

  1. Dove symbol
  2. VOCA
    FVPSA
    STOP
    TANF
    AmeriCorps
     

People with disabilities

  1. wheelchair symbol
  2. Ryan White HIV/AIDS
    TANF
    CDBG
    WIOA
    AmeriCorps
    VOCA
     

Elder abuse

  1. sixty plus
  2. VOCA
    AmeriCorps
    CSBG

Foster care

  1. family symbol
  2. Title IV-E
    CDBG
    SOR
    MHBG - SABG
    TANF
    VOCA
    SSBG
    AmeriCorps

Health

  1. health symbol
  2. MHBG - SABG
    Ryan White HIV/AIDS
    AmeriCorps
    CSBG
    SOR

Housing

  1. house symbol
  2. CDBG
    CSBG
    SOR
    MHBG - SABG
    TANF
    SSBG
    AmeriCorps

Survivors of human trafficking

  1. people symbol
  2. VOCA
    AmeriCorps

Immigration1

  1. statue of liberty symbol
  2. VOCA
    AmeriCorps
    CDBG
    CSBG
    TANF
    WIOA
    FVPSA

Native Americans2

  1. two leaves
  2. AmeriCorps
    VOCA
    CSBG
    STOP

People with substance use disorder

  1. Pill symbol
  2. MHBG - SABG
    VOCA
    SOR

Partnerships with law enforcement

  1. justice symbol
  2. VOCA
    FVPSA
    STOP

Veterans

  1. medal symbol
  2. SSBG
    CSBG
    CDBG
    AmeriCorps
    WIOA

Acronyms

  • CDBG - Community Development Block Grant
  • CSBG - Community Services Block Grant
  • FVPSA - Family Violence and Prevention Services Grants
  • SOR - State Opioid Response grants
  • MGBH - SABG - the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SABG) Block Grant
  • SSBG - Social Services Block Grant
  • STOP - (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecuters) Violence Against Women Formula Grant
  • TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Title IV-D - Title IV-D, Child Support and Establishment of Paternity
  • Title IV-E - Title IV-E, Federabl Payments for Foster Care and Adoption Assistance
  • VOCA - Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grants
  • WIOA - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Formula Funding

Cheat Sheet PDF

To read about the evidence base connecting legal aid to each of these issue areas, see The Justice in Government Project’s research briefs.