The York County Bar has provided grants to local nonprofits
for over 15 years. As its capacity has
grown, so, to, has its grants program.
The Bar’s grants committee entertains grants requests
annually. Its goal is to partner with
those agencies whose programs further its mission. Click here to learn how to apply.
Last year, the Bar funded a record-breaking $284,175 in
law-related programs throughout York County.
Agencies funded included:
MidPenn Legal Services
MidPenn Legal Services, the "emergency room” of the legal
profession, advises and represents those living in poverty in York on civil
legal matters such as housing law, child custody, domestic violence, and Social
Security. MidPenn saves homes, protects
children, and provides access to essential benefits that keep families
together. The Bar provided $147,675 to MidPenn, including funding for its
family-law attorney and pro bono program coordinator.
Legal Services Task Force
As a result of our strategic planning process, chaired by
the Honorable John C. Uhler, the Bar
provided $11,500 to convene a Legal Services Task Force. The Task Force goal is to address the crisis
caused by rising poverty and falling funding on our ability to meet the legal
needs of the underserved. A recent
economic-impact study in Pennsylvania suggests that for every dollar spent on
legal aid, "$11 of quantifiable economic outcomes and savings were realized for
all residents of the Commonwealth.”.
Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center
The Bar gave $95,000
to the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) in 2012 to retain
staff and support its operations in providing direct representation, individual
and group legal orientations, self-help workshops, and other services to
vulnerable immigrants in detention and in our community.
The Bar provided
$10,000 for the Truancy Prevention Initiative for staff and operations.
The York County
Truancy Prevention Initiative is a coalition of 30+ school teachers and
administrators, parents, students, judges, service providers, government
agencies, the medical and business communities, and others who have been
meeting for years to seek innovative solutions to York’s stubbornly high rate
of truancy. Truancy, defined as three or
more unexcused absences from school, has a high correlation with school
drop-out rates and criminal activity. The
work of the Truancy Prevention Initiative has dramatically reduced York
County’s statewide truancy ranking from 7th worst to 20st.
York County Courts
The Bar gave $8,000
to the adult treatment courts to develop a business plan related to the
operations of the Drug, Mental Health, and Veterans courts
The Bar also provided
$10,000 for a Self-Represented Litigant Center (SRLC), matching funds
granted by the State Justice Institute.
The SRLC will be integrated into the service-delivery plan developed by
the Legal Services Task Force as another tool to increase access to legal services
to the poor in York County.
The SLRC, housed in York’s
Judicial Center, is a self-help center for people who represent themselves in
civil court cases. Championed by York
County President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh, the SLRC should help make the
court system more efficient. "Even for those who have
attorneys, this will save them money," he said. "It will make their
time in court more streamlined."