Background and Overview
Utilizing $355,000 funds received by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) from a settlement with Sprint and Verizon, the AGO is pleased to announce the Legal Assistance for Our Veterans grant opportunity. The Legal Assistance for Our Veterans grant is designed to fund legal aid groups, legal clinics, or nonprofit organizations who will focus on helping Massachusetts veterans, including those with a less than honorable discharge status, gain access to veterans’ services, including, but not limited to: discharge status upgrades, health benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) healthcare system, housing & education assistance, general legal representation, and veteran-specific employment.
The AGO intends to offer grants to existing legal aid groups or nonprofit organizations with experience working with veterans, who will focus on increasing access to services for veterans. Special consideration will be given to applicants who can demonstrate that the grant will be used to serve underrepresented veteran populations, such as women, minorities, and LGTBQ veterans.
The following types of organizations are eligible to apply:
- Non-Profit organizations within Massachusetts who serve veterans*
- Legal Aid organizations / Legal Clinics
*Non-profit organizations must be in full compliance with all annual reporting requirements of both the AGO and the Internal Revenue Service, as applicable, in order to be eligible for funding.
- Full proposals must be delivered electronically through the AGO’s online grant portal by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016.
Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted to AGOgrants@state.ma.us by email, only until 4:00 p.m. on December 12, 2016. When submitting your question(s), please include “Legal Assistance for Veterans Grant” in your email subject line. Questions received and answers provided regarding this RFP will be posted on the AGO’s website here: www.mass.gov/ago/grants.
Applicants with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodation, which may include the receipt of the RFP information in an alternative format, must communicate such requests in writing to AGOgrants@state.ma.us no later than December 2, 2016.