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Notice of Availability of Calendar Year 2005 Competitive Grant Funds

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AGENCY:

Legal Services Corporation.

ACTION:

Solicitation for proposals for the provision of civil legal services.

SUMMARY:

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the national organization charged with administering federal funds provided for civil legal services to low-income people.

LSC hereby announces the availability of competitive grant funds and is soliciting grant proposals from interested parties who are qualified to provide effective, efficient and high quality civil legal services to eligible clients in the service area(s) of the states and territories identified below. The exact amount of congressionally appropriated funds and the date, terms and conditions of their availability for calendar year 2005 have not been determined.

DATES:

See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for grants competition dates.

ADDRESSES:

Legal Services Corporation—Competitive Grants, 3333 K Street, NW., Third Floor, Washington, DC 20007-3522.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Office of Program Performance by e-mail at competition@lsc.gov, or visit the grants competition Web site at www.ain.lsc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Request for Proposals (RFP) will be available April 23, 2004. Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) to participate in the competitive grants process.

Applicants competing for service areas in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin must file the NIC by May 21, 2004, 5 p.m. e.t. The due date for filing grant proposals for service areas in these locations is June 18, 2004, 5 p.m. e.t.

Applicants competing for service areas in Massachusetts and Minnesota must file the NIC by July 9, 2004, 5 p.m. e.t. The due date for filing grant proposals for service areas in these states is August 6, 2004, 5 p.m. e.t.

LSC is seeking proposals from: (1) Non-profit organizations that have as a purpose the provision of legal assistance to eligible clients; (2) private attorneys; (3) groups of private attorneys or law firms; (4) State or local governments; and (5) sub-state regional planning and coordination agencies that are composed of sub-state areas and whose governing boards are controlled by locally elected officials.

The RFP, containing the NIC and grant application, guidelines, proposal content requirements, service area descriptions, and specific selection criteria, will be available from www.ain.lsc.gov April 23, 2004. LSC will not fax the RFP to interested parties.

Below are the service areas for which LSC is requesting grant proposals. Service area descriptions will be available from Appendix A of the RFP. Interested parties are asked to visit www.ain.lsc.gov regularly for updates on the LSC competitive grants process.

StateService Area
AlabamaAL-4
ArizonaAZ-2, AZ-3, AZ-5, MAZ, NAZ-5, NAZ-6
ArkansasAR-6, AR-7
CaliforniaCA-1, NCA-1, CA-27, CA-28
IllinoisIL-3, IL-7
KentuckyKY-2, KY-5, KY-9, KY-10
LouisianaLA-1, LA-12
MassachusettsMA-4, MA-10, MA-11, MA-12
MichiganMI-9, MI-12, MI-13, MI-14, MI-15, MMI, NMI-1
MinnesotaMN-1, MN-4, MN-5, MN-6, MMN, NMN-1
MissouriMO-3, MO-4, MO-5, MO-7, MMO
New MexicoNM-1, NM-5, MNM, NNM-2, NNM-4
New YorkNY-9
North DakotaND-3, MND, NND-3
OhioOH-5, OH-17, OH-18, OH-19, OH-20, OH-21, OH-22, MOH
OklahomaNOK-1
Puerto RicoPR-1, PR-2, MPR
South CarolinaSC-8, MSC
South DakotaSD-2, SD-4, MSD, NSD-1
TennesseeTN-4, TN-7, TN-9, TN-10
TexasTX-13, TX-14, TX-15, NTX-1
VirginiaVA-17, VA-18, VA-19, VA-20, MVA
West VirginiaWV-5, MWV
WisconsinWI-5, MWI
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Dated: April 6, 2004.

Michael A. Genz,

Director, Office of Program Performance, Legal Services Corporation.

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[FR Doc. 04-8430 Filed 4-15-04; 8:45 am]

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