Public charities, defined by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including tribal nonprofit organizations, tribal enterprises, and education institutions (public, private, and tribal colleges and universities) with experience providing legal assistance services to eligible individuals pursuant to federal poverty guidelines, and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of Interior), or tribal justice systems are eligible for Category 1. Federal poverty guidelines are updated every year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines.
Nonprofits are required to submit verification of their 501(c)(3) status with their applications. Other eligible entities are encouraged to submit verification of their entities’ status.
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