Legal Aid of Arkansas receives financial support from over two dozen sources.
Our primary source of funding is the Legal Services Corporation, an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. LSC promotes equal access to justice by providing funding to 134 independent non-profit legal aid programs.
We receive funding from the State of Arkansas through the Administration of Justice Fund by way of the Public Legal Aid Fund (A.C.A. 19-6-503). This money comes from Circuit Court Filing Fees.
Funds received from the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation come from a variety of source, including Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, donations, Cy Pres, and national mortgage servicing settlements.
We receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds, administered by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Intergovernmental Services, to represent domestic violence survivors at Order of Protection hearings.
Our Low Income Taxpayers Clinic grant comes from the Internal Revenue Service and is primarily used to represent low-income taxpayers in disputes with the IRS.
Title III-B funding is received from East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, White River Area Agency on Aging, Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas, and the Division of Aging and Adult Services to provide legal assistance to older persons with civil legal needs.
Funds are received from six United Way organizations in our services area, the United Way of Greater Blytheville, United Way of Boone County, United Way of the Mid-South, United Way of North Central Arkansas, United Way of Northeast Arkansas, and United Way of Northwest Arkansas. Funds are allocated for a variety of vital services, including representing victims of domestic violence, crossing communications barriers, assuring access to employment opportunities, and general support.
Attorney fellowships are funded by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works and State AmeriCorps for special projects, currently focused on employment opportunity, access to safe and affordable housing, veteran’s services, and Medical-Legal Partnerships.
Funding is received from various Medical-Legal Partnership partners, including Arkansas Children’s Hospital, ARcare, Mid-Delta Health Systems, and CHI St. Vincent.
We receive funding from the Partners for Inclusive Communities-University of Arkansas as part of the Arkansas Navigator Coalition, providing low-income Arkansans, primarily those who speak English as a second language, with assistance in accessing health care coverage.
The Washington County Law Library Board provides funding for Legal Aid to staff a Help Desk at the library every Friday from 9 a.m. until noon.
Every year on the first Saturday of May, we hold the Law Day Running Festival in Jonesboro to benefit Legal Aid. Almost $6,000 was raised after expenses in 2015.
Funding is received for special projects from foundations on a rolling basis. We currently have funding from the Walmart State Giving Program to assist low-income Arkansans in obtaining SNAP benefits, and from Arkansas Community Foundation chapters in Craighead, Monroe and Sharp Counties to provide employment opportunity services.
We also receive donations from corporate partners such as the Walmart and Tyson Legal Departments, the University of Arkansas Student Bar Association, attorneys from around Arkansas and surrounding states, and individuals.
We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization.
If you would like to make an online donation to support Legal Aid of Arkansas, click on the link below to be redirected to our donations page.
You may also visit our How To Help section for more information.