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Technology Initiative Grant 2007

2007 round of grants is now closed.

LSC awarded 38 grants to grantees in 25 states and the territory of Micronesia.  The grants are for a total of more than $2.4 million that includes $2.1 million in TIG funding and an additional $321,000 in matching funds from the State Justice Institute to support TIG grants that emphasize pro se filing and coordination with state courts. 

More than 60 percent of the 2007 grant money is being used to help pro se litigants-people who represent themselves in court proceedings-in nine states: Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, New York, Ohio, Washington and West Virginia. A user-friendly Web-based program called A2J (short for "access to justice") collects information, asks questions in plain English, compiles the answers, and enters them in forms that are customized to meet state requirements using another program called HotDocs.  Pro se litigants, legal services advocates  and pro bono lawyers have used A2J and HotDocs, which were developed with TIG support, to generate more than 112,000 legal documents from January of 2005 through July of 2007-and the number continues to grow.

Significant funding is also going to increase access to assistance in filing earned income tax credit (EITC) applications for low-income workers.  EITC is the largest federal income supplement program; many eligible low-income people fail to utilize it either because they do not know they are eligible or because they do not know how to apply for the benefit.  Through two grants to the Legal Aid Society of Orange County there will be a national 800 number that will lead tax filers to free local tax filing assistance programs.  Where there are no local programs that can help, callers will be led to the ICAN! EIC module where they can receive help.

For further information, send e-mail inquiries to Techgrants@lsc.gov.