Since 2016, the JFA initiative has awarded over $2 million in grants to 14 states to develop and implement comprehensive, statewide action plans with the goal of achieving 100-percent access to effective assistance for civil legal needs.
Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Hawai‘i, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New York were the first cohort of states awarded grants in 2016. In 2018, Kentucky, New Mexico, Montana and Florida were added to the initiative, with Illinois, Louisiana and Michigan joining in 2019.
Each state received an initial strategic planning grant of up to $100,000 to assess current resources and develop statewide strategic action plans that will provide a continuum of meaningful and appropriate civil legal services. A hallmark of the JFA planning approach involves the state rethinking how best to collaborate across organizational lines and leveraging all available resources.
Following the first full year of funding, these states are eligible to receive additional grants to begin the implementation of their plans. To date, the initiative has awarded implementation grants ranging from $75,000 to $200,000 to the 2016 JFA grantee states.
The JFA initiative is not currently accepting Requests for Proposals.