National Mortgage Settlement Funds - Request for Proposals
Consumer Assistance Grants and Homeowner Bill of Rights Implementation Grant


Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2012
Application Due Date:  Jan. 14, 2013

The California Department of Justice is offering $10.4 million in grants from the National Mortgage Settlement proceeds to fund organizations with proposals for designing and developing innovative, scalable and sustainable approaches for helping California families dealing with a foreclosure crisis. The Attorney General’s office will award two types of grants:

  •     Consumer Assistance Grants: About $9 million in funds will be awarded through approximately 20 grants ranging from $150,000 to $750,000 over 18 months.
  •     Homeowner Bill of Rights Implementation Grant: About $1 million in funds for one 18-month grant.

Grantees may request a carryover of funds for up to six months for both the Consumer Assistance and Homeowner Bill of Rights implementation grants. The State Bar of California will work with the Attorney General’s office to administer the grants.

Existing housing counseling and legal services organizations are invited to apply for grant funds, individually or in partnership. Organizations eligible for the Consumer Assistance Grants must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service and in compliance with all applicable laws and requirements, including registration, as appropriate, with the Registry of Charitable Trusts maintained by the California Department of Justice.

Applicants for the HBOR Implementation Grant may be individuals affiliated with nonprofit organizations or professional organizations dedicated to addressing consumer law and housing issues. Applicants that provide housing counseling must be certified with the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and must currently offer services to financially distressed homeowners. Applicants that provide direct legal services must demonstrate substantial expertise in assisting clients with mortgage and foreclosure-related issues and must currently provide direct legal services to borrowers who need assistance with such issues.

Applications

Applications can also be submitted on the form provided on the Attorney General's website at http://www.oag.ca.gov/grants. Email attachments must be in a searchable format with the words “AG Mortgage RFP” in the subject line. Send all materials to trustfundprogram@calbar.ca.gov. All materials must be received electronically no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 14, 2013.  Send one (1) original and two (2) hard copies of the application to: 

Legal Services Trust Fund Program
State Bar of California
ATTN: Stephanie Choy
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105-1617

Remember, all materials must be postmarked no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 14, 2013.

More information

A bidder’s conference will be held with the Attorney General’s office on Friday, Nov. 30, at 2:30 p.m. Those interested in joining the conference call should email Jennifer.Kregear@calbar.ca.gov.  For additional information, contact Jennifer Kregear at 415-538-2021.