WASHINGTON – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) asked Congress for $486.9 million for Fiscal Year 2016, approximately the same level of funding requested for the past two years. “LSC and its grantees have made a crucial difference in the lives of millions of Americans, helping them with civil legal matters that go to the very heart of their safety and security,” said LSC Board Chair John G. Levi. “Our budget request recognizes the vital need for adequate funding of civil legal aid while balancing that request against the current budgetary realities.” The LSC budget request included $5 million each for: LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program. Since 2000, the TIG program has funded more than 570 legal technology projects, allowing LSC grantees to expand the delivery of legal aid services through statewide websites, enhanced case management systems, and other innovative methods. LSC’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund (PBIF), a competitive grant program supporting collaborative legal aid projects that develop replicable innovations in pro bono services for low-income clients. Many of the projects use emerging technology to reach rural populations, and create extensive partnerships with local law schools, community organizations, and corporate attorneys.