Crisis Center gets $25K grant to provide legal help

   Matagorda County Women Crisis Center received a $25,000 grant from the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) to better meet the essential legal needs of domestic violence survivor
   The Crisis Center will use its Swalm Grant to maintain a full-time family law attorney and paralegal.
   The attorney and paralegal will provide lifesaving services to survivors looking to gain independence and freedom from their abusers including divorce proceedings, custody and child support issues, immigration issues and protective orders.
   TCFV) awarded more than $300,000 to 12 domestic violence agencies across Texas via its 2021 Swalm Grants, with 91% of the grants matching 100% of the recipients’ requested amounts. 
   Individual grants range from $6,000 to $30,000 for a variety of fundamental needs and come from TCFV’s Swalm Endowment Fund.
   “Every year, the applications for TCFV’s Swalm Grants provide a crucial snapshot of the needs of Texas’ domestic violence service providers,” said CEO of TCFV Gloria Aguilera Terry. 
   “As the leading and uniting organization for family violence services in Texas, TCFV is privileged to present the 2021 Swalm Grants, and we’re very proud to be able to present the majority of these grants at 100% of the applicants’ requested amount.”
   Swalm grantees are selected annually in a competitive application process by at-large TCFV board members. 
   This year, a total of 27 Texas providers applied for financial assistance from the Swalm Grants regarding infrastructure projects, prevention services and flexible funding purposes, which cover childcare costs, legal services, survivors’ (frequently forced) debt, evictions and rent. 
   Of the 12 grants awarded, five are intended for infrastructure projects, three are dedicated to improving prevention services and four are purposed for flexible funding. 
   Three agencies in particular exemplified the most urgent needs of each category.
   To track the direct impact of Swalm Grants, TCFV requires every recipient to submit a report at the end of the grant cycle detailing their use and efficiency of the funds and the effect on the survivors they serve.

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