NYS Bar, Foundation offer grants for Superstorm Sandy legal aid
Organizations providing legal services to victims of Superstorm Sandy can apply for grants from a special fund created by the New York State Bar Association and the New York Bar Foundation.
The Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund will provide financial support to local bar associations and legal service providers for projects that aid the delivery of legal services. The grants may be used to reimburse a nonprofit's storm-related expenses or to develop new initiatives to provide legal services.
The application deadline is March 25.
"There are many legal issues still confronting individuals and families in the areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. These include landlord-tenant issues, insurance matters and obtaining government assistance," said Bar President Seymour W. James Jr.
"These grants can help storm victims obtain the quality legal services they need to help them rebuild their lives after suffering the ravages of the storm," he said.
"Lawyers from across the country have generously donated to help New Yorkers," added Bar Foundation President Cristine Cioffi. "We are so grateful for the contributions we have received."
Lucia B. Whisenand of Syracuse chairs the foundation's grants committee.
"Victims of Superstorm Sandy are still in dire need of legal assistance," she said.
"We anticipate these needs continuing for some time and are pleased to be able to add this component to (our) grantmaking process," Whisenand said.
Applications are available on the foundation website at www.tnybf.org/Sandy_GrantApplicationForm.pdf.
Tax-deductible donations to the fund are still being accepted and can be sent to the New York Bar Foundation, One Elk St., Albany, N.Y. 12207.
Checks are payable to the New York Bar Foundation and should be marked for the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund.
Donors also can contribute online by visiting www.tnybf.org.
For more information about the fund, call 518-487-5650.