Foundation provides grants for veterans' legal services

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation has announced that it will provide more than $426,000 in grants among 11 nonprofits in support of legal aid services for Texas veterans.

Groups receiving the financial support include:

  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco - $22,000
  • Cathedral Justice Project, Houston - $22,000
  • Community Justice Program, San Antonio – $22,000
  • Fort Bend Lawyers Care, Richmond - $22,000
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Houston and surrounding area - $60,000
  • Jefferson County Bar Foundation, Beaumont - $22,000
  • Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Fort Worth (also includes Dallas, North Texas, Panhandle, and West Texas) – $50,000
  • Lone Star Legal Aid, Houston (includes Gulf Coast and East Texas) - $64,000
  • Oficina Legal del Pueblo Unido, Inc. (Texas Civil Rights Project), statewide - $50,000
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Fort Worth - $22,000
  • Texas Legal Services Center, Austin (statewide) - $70,713

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation is the largest state-based funding source for the provision of civil legal aid in Texas and has awarded more than $410 million since 1984. For more information, go to tajf.org.

TAJF grant application deadline for legal aid to veterans extended to May 1

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) has extended the application due date until May 1, 2013 for proposals to fund legal aid programs that provide civil legal services for low-income Texas veterans. Proceeds from the Champions of Justice Gala for Veterans have been designated to fund these grants. 

These funds are to address the increased demand for legal services at a time when many veterans are returning from the war in Afghanistan. Selected applicants will help increase, support and deliver free civil legal services that help low-income Texas veterans with many critical civil legal services in matters such as family law, employment, housing, consumer, bankruptcy and probate as well as including filing claims for compensation or pensions from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Legal assistance is also needed for representing veterans in filing claims for indigent veterans suffering from service-connected disabilities. The scope of work to be funded can also help family members of living or deceased veterans apply for VA benefits. 

Grant applications will be submitted online through the TAJF web grants online system which will require applicants who are not existing grantees to register and once approved, complete the online application and submit it by the due date of Wednesday May 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm. You can access the online grants system by going to grants.tajf.org. For more information, contact Jonathan Vickery at jvickery@teajf.org or 1-800-252-3401 ext. 110