Where COLTAF Funds Go

2015-2016 COLTAF Grant Awards

Legal Services Program Grant

$569,000 was distributed to Colorado Legal Services (CLS), Colorado’s statewide, staffed civil legal aid program.  CLS provides free legal assistance to those living at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines, which is currently $30,750 for a family of four.  CLS operates as a legal emergency room, giving priority to the poor and elderly in greatest social and economic need, and focusing on legal issues that have an impact on basis needs, including at least minimally adequate income, food, shelter, utilities, necessary medical care, and freedom from domestic violence and abuse.

Pro Bono Program Grants

$107,250 was distributed to programs throughout the state that enlist and support private lawyers to provide pro bono legal services.

• Alpine Legal Services (serving Pitkin, Garfield & Eagle counties) $10,000
• Boulder County Legal Services (serving Boulder County) $4,000
• Larimer County Bar Association (serving Larimer County) $7,950
• Mesa County Bar Association (serving Mesa County) $5,000
• Metro Volunteer Lawyers (serving Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver,
Douglas, Elbert & Jefferson counties)
$10,000
• NW Colorado Legal Services (serving Clear Creek, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison,
Jackson, Lake, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Summit, Pitkin & Garfield counties)
$6,500
• Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project (serving El Paso & Teller counties) $10,650
• Pueblo County and Southeast Colorado Pro Bono Project (serving Baca, Bent,
Cheyenne, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers
and Pueblo counties)
$11,600
• San Luis Valley Bar Association (serving the San Luis Valley) $9,500
• Southwest Colorado Bar Association (serving Archuleta, La Plata & San Juan
counties and Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Reservations)
$6,000
• Uncompahgre Volunteer Legal Aid (serving Montrose, Ouray & San Miguel counties) $11,000
• Weld County Legal Services (serving Weld County) $15,000

Administrative and Legislative Advocacy Grant

$40,000 was distributed to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP), which engages in multi-forum advocacy for the benefit of low-income Coloradans.  CCLP works to improve economic security for all Coloradans, to increase access to affordable health care, and to promote responsible and equitable fiscal policies.