For Immediate Release - March 23, 2012

Grant Funding Now Available for Local Consumer Programs

Grants Provided by the Attorney General’s Office to Assist Consumers throughout the Commonwealth

BOSTON — Funding is now available for local consumer and mediation programs through grants available from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office.  The application period for Local Consumer Aid Fund Grants (LCAF) is now open for new or existing grantees throughout the Commonwealth.

“Local consumer and mediation programs are important community partners throughout the Commonwealth,” AG Coakley said.  “These programs provide guidance, resources, and   voluntary mediation to consumers who may be victims of fraud, deception or unfair business practices.”

As part of its services to consumers, the Attorney General's Office provides grants to a statewide network of Local Consumer Programs (LCPs) and Face-to-Face (FTF) Mediation Programs.  These programs handle many consumer complaints in their own regions of the state where their local knowledge and community involvement enable them to provide effective assistance to consumers and provide services to help consumers resolve disputes.  There are currently more than 30 active LCP and FTF programs throughout the Commonwealth.

To ensure continuous delivery of services, first priority for funding will be to the existing programs funded by the Attorney General’s Office in fiscal year 2012.  Applications for eligible grantees will also be accepted from any 501(c)3 organization in good standing with the Non-Profit/Public Charities Division of the Attorney General’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service.  Funding may also be provided to local government agencies. 

Eligible Organizations seeking funding should submit a letter of intent to apply no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 16, 2012, including information on the coverage area and contact details for the grant manager.  Questions regarding the grant funding must be submitted no later than April 19, 2012.  Grants will be awarded for the period from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, for fiscal year 2013.

Interested applicants can visit the Attorney General’s website, www.mass.gov/ago/grants, for additional information about the application process and to download application materials.

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