$1.8 Million in Grant Funds Awarded
for FY 14
Eighteen organizations have received grants for the period July 2013 to June 2014.
Civil Legal Aid
Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation: $40,000
Center delivers comprehensive legal services to low-income persons
in need of assistance with heirs’ property issues and also enhances
the capacity of attorneys, legal professionals and students to
handle property matters. Additionally, CHPP works to increase
awareness and resolution of heirs’ property issues in the
Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services: $20,000
Program works to increase the quantity of pro bono service provided
by volunteer attorneys to low income clients in Charleston county.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA): $36,000
aids victims of domestic abuse in Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton and
Hampton counties. The Foundation supports an attorney and a court
advocate who not only assist victims free of charge, but also work
to educate court personnel and law enforcement on the dynamics and
effects of domestic violence.
Ministries ~ Homeless Justice Project: $69,000
Crisis Ministries is a homeless shelter in Charleston. With IOLTA
funds, the shelter is able to have an on-site legal clinic that
supports the legal needs of hundreds of homeless men and women. The
clinic is a national example for other shelters looking to
incorporate legal assistance.
Lowcountry Legal Volunteers: $62,000
a freestanding legal clinic with a niche of providing legal services
utilizing the retired attorneys who can practice under Rule 415.
SC Appleseed Legal Justice
IOLTA funding, Appleseed staff provides substantive training for pro
bono, legal services and private attorneys. Appleseed's goal is to
increase the number of lawyers who are able to handle cases
affecting the low income community and gives them the tools to do
SC Bar Pro Bono Program: $100,000
Program is being revamped to expand opportunities to practitioners
so that more individuals in need can receive assistance. Increased
communication, utilization of technology and a concentrated regional
recruitment effort will be explored.
SC Legal Services: $1,040,000
Carolina Legal Services is the sole statewide provider of civil
legal services to low-income South Carolinians. SCLS has nine field
offices and several satellite offices throughout the state. SCLS
continues to develop more aggressive advocacy, strengthen capacity
of Lead Attorneys and substantive work units as well as increase
training opportunities for legal staff.
Sistercare offers legal representation at no cost to Midlands’
battered indigent women and their children. Foundation funding
covers a portion of the personnel costs for the advocacy team.
SC Bar Law Related Education Division: $216,000
promotes the goals of civic education and, at the same time,
enhances relationships between the state’s attorneys and students.
Programming includes Mock Trial, We the People, LawForKids.org and
Youth Court. In any of the offerings, LRE student participants not
only learn the value of becoming a positive contributor to society,
but also gain knowledge from the attorneys and judges who
USC Pro Bono Program ~
Public Interest Fellows: $15,000
IOLTA funds, USC Law is able to place student fellows in legal
services organizations. Not only do the students gain practical
experience, the legal services organizations benefit from the
services of the student.
YMCA Youth in Government: $15,000
in Government is a civic engagement program and leadership
development program for middle and high school students. IOLTA
funding is used to provide support for Title One Schools not
currently participating and to create Youth in Government programs
at youth and community organizations in low income neighborhoods.
Administration of Justice:
The National Judicial College: $11,910
National Judicial College uses Foundation funds to train judges so
that they may increase skills to better serve their communities.
Participating judges are selected by SC Court Administration.
Richland County CASA: $7,500
mission of CASA is “to advocate for the best interest of abused and
neglected children in Richland County Family Court by providing
quality volunteer and legal representation to ensure every child a
safe permanent and nurturing home.” IOLTA funds support a child
welfare collaboration workshop, volunteer recruitment events and
SC Access to Justice Commission: $82,400
to expand access to civil legal representation for low income South
Carolinians, the Commission has three work groups to support its
activities – a Pro Bono committee, a Self-Represented Litigation
Committee and a Staffed Programs Committee. The Commission
continues its self help center in Newberry county with plans to
expand to other geographic areas.
SC Bar Ask-A-Lawyer & Clinics Program: $40,000
Ask-A-Lawyer offers general education legal clinics throughout the
state, supports the Law School for Non-Lawyers courses and conducts
periodic statewide phone/Web blitzes. The Program plans to revise
the public services portion of the Web site to make it easier to use
for the public.
SC Center for Fathers & Families Alternatives to Incarceration:
places non-violent, non-custodial fathers in livable wage jobs so
that they can make child support payments and reengage in the lives
of their children. Job placement services are provided in tandem
with legal assistance, money management training and fatherhood
Upstate Mediation Center: $27,500
been meeting mandatory mediation needs in Greenville county family
and circuit courts since 1999. As the need for the Center’s services
has increased 80 percent, Foundation funds allow the Center to
continue existing services.