CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Several area organizations are among the more than 30 to receive grant funding for law-related projects.

The Virginia Law Foundation announced its 2023 grant recipients on Thursday, benefiting 32 organizations across the Commonwealth.

According to a release, grants are awarded to initiatives and nonprofits that align with the foundation’s mission of increasing access to justice by improving access to legal support for the underserved and supporting those offering pro bono or affordable legal representation; fostering an appreciation for and understanding of the Rule of Law; and educating the general population on the Rule of Law and cultivating the next generation of citizen lawyers.

“The total grant support this year is a record for us, but it is still only one-third the amount requested by our worthy applicants,” said Ray White, the executive director of the Virginia Law Foundation. “While we are drawing from our own resources to support their efforts to meet their missions, we remain forever indebted to our generous donors. 100% of their donations go directly to fund these grants, and because of their support, we continue to provide even more than we could on our own.”

Recipients of grants this year include public service internships for law students, medical-legal partnerships, entities providing legal support to the victims of abuse and violence, and civic education programs among others.

The release says the grant program also supports the foundation’s vision of a future where every Virginian will have access to justice.

Several of this year’s grants are going to legal aid organizations and projects that engage attorneys in pro bono work as part of an effort to close the justice gap.

That gap represents the difference between the legal needs of low-income Virginians and the resources available and accessible to help meet those needs.

In 2022, the Legal Services Corporation found that 92 percent of low-income Americans do not get any or enough legal help for their civil legal problems, and nearly half do not seek assistance because of financial concerns.

Locally, the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society is getting $25,000 for its Academic Medical Legal Partnership at the Health Hub and a pilot project to improve access in underserved communities in the East End neighborhoods of Richmond.

Virginia Civics is getting $20,000 for its We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Teaching Training Professional Development Series.

The Legal Aid Justice Center is getting $15,000 for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program.

The Montpelier Foundation has received $15,000 for its public constitutional initiatives and education programs for students, teachers and members of the community.

And Resolution Virginia, which has an office in Charlottesville, is getting $8,000 to support parents required to attend educational seminars regarding the effects of separation or divorce on children.

To see the full list of grant recipients, click here.