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Notice #: 0001071132-01
Legal Notices

Start Date: February 9, 2018

End Date: February 16, 2018


Notice to Applicants
Request for Application No. J18220

The Hawaii Justice Foundation, as Administrator for the Judiciary, State of Hawaii is now accepting applications for grants from the
Indigent Legal Assistance Fund
for the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

The Indigent Legal Assistance Fund was created by HRS Section 607-5.7, as amended, to meet the critical, civil legal needs of Hawaii’s low-income population to ensure equal access to justice, and to minimize the substantial burden on the courts created by unrepresented litigants.

To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must meet the criteria established by HRS Section 607-5.7, as amended, and make an application in accordance with the administrative procedures established by the Judiciary, at the time of application. The primary standards require applicants to:

1. Be either a nonprofit organization incorporated and operated exclusively in Hawaii and determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from federal income tax or a program operated exclusively in Hawaii by an accredited nonprofit law school, which organization or program provides as its primary purpose and function civil legal services to indigent persons;
2. Have a governing board whose members have no material conflict of interest and serve without compensation;
3. Have bylaws or policies that describe the manner in which business is conducted, and policies that relate to nepotism and management of potential conflict of interest situations;
4. Have at least one year’s experience in providing direct civil legal services to indigents;
5. Be licensed and accredited, as applicable, in accordance with the requirements of federal, state, and county governments;
6. Agree not to charge client fees for services that are funded in any part by a grant from the indigent legal assistance fund, except that token payments for costs and expenses shall not be considered fees;
7. Agree to use any grant received from this fund exclusively to provide direct civil legal services to indigent persons;
8. Have in place sound financial management systems, a client grievance procedure, a method of ensuring the qualify of service provided, and a policy that provides that no person may interfere with any attorneys funded in whole or in part by this fund in carrying out their professional responsibilities to their clients, as established by the Hawaii rules of professional conduct.

Applicants must have provided direct civil legal services to indigent persons for at least one year prior to the application due date of March 30, 2018 in order to be eligible for grants from this fund.

Grants from the Indigent Legal Assistance Fund are distributed among all eligible organizations according to a pro-rata formula specified by HRS Section 607-5.7, as amended, and in accordance with procedures established by the Judiciary.

Application forms are available from:

Robert J. LeClair
Hawaii Justice Foundation
P.O. Box 1230
Honolulu, Hawaii 96807-1230
Telephone: (808) 537-3886
Facsimile: (808) 528-1974
E-mail: hjf@hawaii.rr.com

Application Deadline: THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF GRANT APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018. TO BE CONSIDERED, ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE EITHER POSTMARKED BY MARCH 30, 2018 OR PHYSICALLY DELIVERED BY 5:00 P.M., HONOLULU STANDARD TIME, TO THE ADDRESS BELOW.

If you wish physically to deliver your grant application to HJF, your grant application must be brought to the following address on or before 5 p.m. March 30, 2018:

Robert J. LeClair
Hawaii Justice Foundation
c/o Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
1001 Bishop Street
ASB Tower, Suite 1800
Honolulu, HI 96813

Hawaii Justice Foundation
ILAF Administrator for
The JUDICIARY, STATE OF HAWAII

Hawaii Justice Foundation, ILAF Administrator
P.O. Box 1230
Honolulu, Hawaii 96807-1230
Telephone: (808) 537-3886
Facsimile: (808) 528-1974
E-mail: hjf@hawaii.rr.com

(SA1071132 2/9/18)