The Alabama Law Foundation’s yearly grants support programs committed to the foundation’s mission of making access to justice a reality for all of Alabama’s citizens. Grants are awarded in two categories: General Grants and Foreclosure Prevention Grants. The total of all grants for 2020 is $1,147,667.
The 2020 general grants were in two sections: Legal Aid to the Poor and Administration of Justice. General grants for 2020 totaled $982,667.
The following programs that provide civil legal services for the low-income residents of Alabama collectively received grants totaling $847,667:
Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program which refers cases directly to lawyers in 60 counties and coordinates 2,026 volunteers, received a $149,000 grant.
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama received a $51,667 grant to continue providing low-cost, quality legal and immigration services to low-income immigrants.
Legal Services Alabama (LSA), whose staff attorneys provide legal aid to economically disadvantaged citizens throughout Alabama, received a $126,000 grant.
Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program works with 449 lawyers and received a $94,000 grant.
Montgomery County Volunteer Lawyers Program, which works with 329 lawyers to meet the legal needs of low income clients in Montgomery County, received a $94,000 grant.
South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program, which refers cases directly to 797 lawyers in Mobile, Baldwin, Clarke, and Washington counties, received a $129,000 grant.
Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham , which refers cases to 805 attorneys in the Birmingham area, received a $129,000 grant.
YWCA of Central Alabama received a $75,000 IOLTA grant to continue the “Justice on Wheels” program for victims of domestic violence in Blount and St. Clair Counties.
The foundation’s legal aid grant recipients closed over 14,000 cases in 2019.
The following programs that improve the administration of justice collectively received grants totaling $50,000:
Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, which assists attorneys appointed to capital cases in the post-conviction stage and supplies some representation to indigent defendants, received a $50,000 grant.
Alabama Administrative Office of Courts received a $20,000 grant to help support its Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS). Since 2017, WINGS has been working to improve guardianship and conservatorship practices in Alabama. Its mission is to deliver information, resources, and tools throughout the legal system and to the public as a means of providing appropriate decision-making supports and protective services to individuals.
Alabama Appleseed, which advocates for policies that encourage a more just Alabama received a $45,000 grant.
Georgia Innocence Project, which works to secure the release of people who are incarcerated in prison for crimes they did not commit. The GIP received a $20,000 grant to advance the two-year Alabama Innocence Fellowship, an Alabama-specific mission.
Foreclosure Prevention Grants
In 2016 the Alabama Law Foundation received $3.3 million as part of a nationwide mortgage foreclosure settlement between the Bank of America and the United States Department of Justice. Each year, the foundation awards a portion of these funds to civil legal aid organizations to provide legal services to help Alabama homeowners avoid losing their homes to foreclosure. Foreclosure grants of $165,000 were awarded to the following grantees:
Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program received a $19,500 grant.
Legal Services Alabama (LSA) received a $67,500 grant.
Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program received a $19,500 grant.
Montgomery County Volunteer Lawyers Program received a $18,500 grant.
South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program received a $12,500 grant.
Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham received a $27,500 grant.