Grants Program

2014 grant recipients

The Board of Trustees recently authorized grants totaling $40,000 to support pro bono programs and projects that promote the public understanding of the law to the following agencies. These funds will be distributed in early 2014.

Education Law Center
To support the Education Law Pro Bono Collaborative, with a special focus this year on the burgeoning population of young children who are Latino English language learners (ELL's) and their families. The collaborative will expand access to legal advice and assistance on matters of public education, beginning with access to early childhood learning opportunities, including early intervention and support services.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh
To provide training, professional supervision, oversight, and mentorship to enable pro bono attorneys to assist foreign-born unaccompanied minors who are abandoned, neglected or abused to remain legally in the United States.

To help complete the cost of Fostering School Success which will help approximately 600 children in foster or group home care to remain in their home school districts or, if transferring schools is necessary, to be enrolled in an appropriate educational program.

Neighborhood Legal Services Association
To support the Custody Assistance Project which responds to the needs of low-income Allegheny County residents needing assistance with custody issues.

Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
To provide legal services for low-income clients with HIV/AIDS who face a variety of legal issues, including estates, wills, powers of attorney, landlord disputes, end-of life issues, etc.

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
To support the Operation Safety Net HELP Program (Homeless Experience Legal Protection) which helps homeless individuals regain proof of identity such as birth certificates, social security numbers and drivers licenses, and assists in other legal matters.

Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
To provide representation and advice on civil legal matters in divorce cases involving intimate partner violence.