I. Engle Grant Program Description
The Engle Grant is a competitive grant program which will provide funding to qualified legal aid organizations in the Middle District of Florida to assist litigants in obtaining representation in court. Recipients of this grant funding must provide direct legal services to clients in litigation matters, either active or in pre-suit. Qualified legal aid organizations must complete an online application (with any required attachments) and submit it to the Foundation by 11:59 p.m. EST August 1, 2019 in order to receive consideration. Depending on initial funding requests and decisions, additional applications may be solicited by The Foundation in the future based on available, remaining funds and demonstrated need.
II. Qualified Legal Aid Organization
The Foundation makes grants to organizations, not individuals. To be considered a qualified legal aid organization for the purposes of this grant, an applicant must:
Be a non-profit entity, tax-exempt and qualified to receive charitable donations within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code; and
Have a primary purpose of providing direct legal services to low-income Floridians; and
Provide direct legal services to litigants primarily in one or more of the counties of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida (which includes the following Florida counties: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Colombia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Union, Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia, Citrus, Lake, Marion, Sumter, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, and Lee); and
Have an audit mechanism that tracks, describes and provides accountability of grant funds received and used; and
Agree to satisfy all Foundation reporting requirements, including the submission of audited financial statements; and
Be current in all filings required to be made by it with any applicable local, state or federal governmental authority; and
Maintain open records as required by law while protecting and preserving all applicable client privileges; and
Be an equal employment opportunity employer; and
Be able to demonstrate that it can use any funds granted to it in a manner consistent with rules and policies adopted by the Board of Directors of the Foundation; and
Agree to use the funds only in the manner prescribed by the terms of the grant and agree to enter into a memorandum of understanding or grants contract confirming and regarding the specific the use of such funds.
III. Grant Funds Available
The total grant funding available is $3,548,987. FBF will allocate these funds in rough proportion to the number of Engle cases that emanated from the respective divisions of the Middle District. The proportions are outlined below:
Jacksonville Division: 60%
Baker, Bradford, Clay, Colombia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Union.
Orlando and Ocala Divisions: 22%
Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia, Citrus, Lake, Marion, Sumter.
Tampa Division: 15%
Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota.
Fort Myers Division: 3%
Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, and Lee.
Grant applications made available: On or before July 1, 2019
Online grant applications due: On or before August 1, 2019
Grant Decisions made: On or About September 13, 2019
Grant funding period: September 30, 2019 – October 1, 2020
It is highly recommended that all applicants read The Engle Program Grant Description, Engle Court Order, the Engle Grant Review Criteria, and a PDF version of this application before completing this application. Links to these documents are listed below:
Engle Grant Program Description
Engle Court Order dated February 6th, 2019
Engle Grant Application Review Criteria
PDF of Blank Engle Grant Application
NOTE: FBF will only accept one application from each organization applying. However, an organization may apply for funding for multiple projects in a single application, as long as all substantive application questions are fully answered for each project.