Only a private, nonprofit organization incorporated and operated exclusively in Indiana, whose primary function and purpose is to provide civil legal aid without charge to the indigent may receive funds from the Civil Legal Aid Fund.
Any individual whose income is not more than 125% of the federal income poverty level as determined annually by the federal Office of Management and Budget is considered to be indigent for purposes of the Civil Legal Aid Fund. A provider must certify that it has provided legal services to indigent individuals for the preceding 3 years and that it will continue to provide legal services to the indigent for the year following receipt of money from the Civil Legal Aid Fund.
In order to apply, a legal service provider must submit an opt-in form before May 2 of each year for which it seeks to receive funds from the Civil Legal Aid Fund. The annual distribution from the Civil Legal Aid Fund is set either by statute IC 33-24-12-6 or the annual appropriation in the state budget act, whichever is greater.See Indiana Code 33-24-12 (http://iga.in.gov/) or the Civil Legal Aid Fund website (http://courts.in.gov/admin/2408.htm) for further information.