LSC submitted its FY 2021 budget request for $652.6 million to Congress on February 10. This is an increase over last year’s request of $593 million. More than 95% of LSC’s request would go towards funding legal aid organizations around the country. LSC estimates that the increased funding would allow its grantees to assist low-income Americans with 60% more civil legal problems than they currently are able to serve.
The White House’s budget proposal calls for defunding LSC for the fourth year in row. The budget designates $18.2 million for costs to close LSC down.
In December, Congress approved, and President Trump signed into law, legislation that included $440 million for LSC in FY 2020. This represented an increase of $25 million over LSC’s previous appropriation of $415 million and is the largest appropriation in actual dollars in LSC’s history.