SC Bar Foundation awards $1.88 million in grants

  • Monday, August 19, 2013

The South Carolina Bar Foundation has awarded $1.88 million in grant funds to support civil legal aid, law related education and other legal related projects.

In the Lowcountry, Crisis Ministries was given $69,000 to provide direct legal services to the homeless population through its on-site attorney. Lowcountry Legal Volunteers received $62,000 to provide legal services to the low income community by utilizing the skills of retired volunteer attorneys. The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation was awarded $40,000 to protect and preserve heirs’ property through legal services and education. Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse received $36,000 to provide comprehensive legal services to victims of domestic violence and their children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services received $20,000 to support its goal to connect the low income community with volunteer lawyers.

Statewide entities with a presence in the Lowcountry also received foundation funding. South Carolina Legal Services ($1.04 million) is the only statewide, full range civil legal services provider for low income citizens that serves thousands each year. The S.C. Bar Law Related Education Division ($216,000) promotes civic education through programs for the state’s youth. The S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program ($100,000) works to serve those in need by utilizing volunteer lawyers.

The S.C. Access to Justice Commission ($82,400) explores ways to expand legal services for low income South Carolinians. The S.C. Center for Fathers & Families ($65,000) oversees and manages the operations of six fatherhood programs that connect low income fathers with a livable wage jobs. The center also gives training and support to help the fathers become better dads. The S.C. Bar Ask-A-Lawyer Program ($40,000) hosts legal education clinics, phone banks and “legal lessons” seminars to advance the publics’ understanding of the law. S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center ($15,000) provides training for legal services lawyers, pro bono attorneys and the private bar on areas of law that affect the low income community.

To learn more about the S.C. Bar Foundation and the work of its grant organizations, please visitwww.scbarfoundation.org.

The South Carolina Bar Foundation, the Heart of the South Carolina Bar, funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. Since 1987, the foundation has allocated approximately $45.6 million to various legal related organizations that work on behalf of the justice community. Last year alone, foundation grantees assisted more than 10,200 low income South Carolinians in need of legal services, 450 homeless men and women and 390 victims of domestic abuse. For more information, visit scbarfoundation.org.

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