The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation is the largest funding source for civil legal aid organizations in Massachusetts.
The Commonwealth established MLAC in 1983 to ensure that low-income people facing critical non-criminal legal issues would have access to legal information, advice, and representation. Its mission is to improve legal aid in Massachusetts through collaboration with the legal services community, the public, the bar, and the legislature.
MLAC is the largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income individuals in the Commonwealth. MLAC receives funding from several sources: the annual state appropriation, Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) funds, philanthropic foundations, and other public and private sources. MLAC grants the money to nonprofit organizations that provide legal assistance at no cost to low-income residents of Massachusetts.