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Family Violence Justice Fund Grant Program

The Family Violence Justice Fund (Fund) was established in 1999 to expand the availability of legal assistance for victims of family violence. In Fiscal Year 2022, the grants totaling $1.94 million were awarded to 16 nonprofit legal services organizations in Colorado. In Fiscal Year 2023, 15 organizations received grants totaling $2.1 million.

Annual grant funding is allocated to qualified organizations based on a geographic, need-driven formula that considers the number of low-income persons (i.e., individuals living near or below the poverty line) who may need services 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 serve low-income clients at no cost rather than reduced cost. Grant funding may be used to represent clients in divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, and other related civil matters; provide legal information and advice; make referrals to other service providers; and host educational clinics. Services provided in the role of respondent parent counsel or guardian ad litem do not qualify for purposes of grant funding and should not be considered when an organization is applying for funds. 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 33 percent of their 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 14-4-107(2), C.R.S. Grantees are also subject to quarterly reporting requirements.

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