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Eviction Legal Defense Fund Grant Program

The Eviction Legal Defense Fund (Fund) was established by the General Assembly in 2019 to expand the availability of legal assistance for low-income persons who are experiencing an eviction or are at immediate risk of an eviction. In Fiscal Year 2022, the State Court Administrator’s Office awarded grants totaling $1.94 million to six nonprofit legal services organizations in Colorado. In Fiscal Year 2023, seven organization received grants totaling $1.94 million.

Annual grant funding is allocated to qualified organizations based on a geographic, need-driven formula that considers the number of forcible entry and detainer filings (i.e., eviction actions) in each county or city and county across the State. If there is more than one qualified organization within a county or city and county, funding is allocated in proportion to the number of clients served by each qualified organization or its predecessor in the preceding grant award year.

Successful grant applicants must have demonstrated experience and expertise in providing comprehensive civil legal services, with preference given to organizations that currently serve low-income clients at no cost rather than reduced cost. To qualify for grant funding, organizations must also be:

  • Based in Colorado
  • Exempt from taxation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Obtain more than 20 percent of their total funding from sources other than grants from the Fund

All grants are awarded on a cost-reimbursement basis and must be used for the purposes set forth in Section 13-40-127(3), C.R.S. Grantees are also subject to quarterly and annual reporting requirements.

Submit Questions and General Inquiries to:

EvictionLegalDefenseFund@judicial.state.co.us

 

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