RFP submissions for the last grant cycle were due by 5:00 p.m. MST on March 2, 2016. PLEASE NOTE: This RFP was for a 24-month grant period. The next full grant cycle is expected to open in early 2018.
Equal Justice Wyoming solicits Requests for Proposals (RFP) from qualified non-profit organizations and pilot projects for programs that will promote access to justice for the people of Wyoming who are income eligible under the Wyoming Civil Legal Services Act and the Rules and Regulations of Equal Justice. Specifically, we are interested in proposals that address the following priorities:
- Providing direct representation;
- Addressing the high needs areas of law affecting the target population including, but not limited to, family law, housing, consumer law, and income maintenance;
- Expanding services to underserved geographic areas (including the Bighorn Basin area);
- Expanding services to underserved populations;
- Enhancing collaboration with community organizations;
- Expanding support for pro bono legal service delivery;
- Enhancing pro se support;
- Or exploring new methods for expanding services to the income eligible throughout the State.
Current Grant Recipients:
The Medical Legal Partnership project aims to integrate legal services as part of the health care team in order to improve access to legal services and, in turn, address legal issues that are causing detrimental health effects to low income individuals. The MLP project will address high need areas of law affecting low-income clients including, but not limited to: social determinants of health including income supports for food insecure families, utility shut-off protection, consistent housing support, access to quality education for children and consistent employment, access to public healthcare for children, mold removal from the home of asthmatics, and supporting families through restraining orders, adoption, and guardianship.
Legal Aid of Wyoming is a federally-funded non-profit law firm using Equal Justice Wyoming grant funds to provide a statewide advice hotline that is available five days a week. The hotline provides legal advice to income-eligible callers across the state as well as a centralized point for persons in Wyoming to call to apply for further legal services. Legal Aid of Wyoming also receives grant funds to staff offices in Rock Springs and Gillette.
The Teton County ATJ Center is a non-profit located in Jackson and is the product of several community organizations working together to achieve a common goal. The Teton County ATJ Center consists of a law library staffed by a part-time attorney who assists pro se parties and screens potential clients who may qualify for more extensive legal services. If the individual meets income guidelines, the attorney/coordinator assigns the case to a local attorney willing to work at a reduced rate.
The Children’s Law Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2009 to advocate for the legal rights of children through policy advocacy, legal representation and education. WCLC receives Equal Justice Wyoming grant funds to provide representation and advocacy for cases involving children and families.
The Coalition is a non-profit organization for all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children in Wyoming. The Coalition will use Equal Justice Wyoming funds to increase in-house staffing levels, including staff attorneys who represent income-eligible clients across the state.