NLADA VISTA Host Site Application
Thank you for your organization’s interest in partnering with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association as an AmeriCorps VISTA Host Site. We offer innovative VISTA opportunities which place national service members in Public Defender offices who recognize the importance of Community Oriented Defense, Data Driven Decision Making, and the need for innovation and increased capacity building. Leveraging our expertise in supporting the practitioners of Public Defense, over the first three years of this program our VISTA Members and Host Sites will build over 170 processes that support strong data systems, deepen relationships with over 650 community based organizations, and conduct training for over 1300 individuals to empower communities and Public Defenders to better advocate for criminal justice reform.

Defending Communities in Service is NLADA’s on-the-ground effort to engage and support Public Defense Leaders from diverse communities to take on roadblocks that prevent the effective practice of Community Oriented Public Defense across the nation. This project will organize VISTA Members and Host Sites in implementing distinct projects that will have clear, measurable impact and support long term community change.

We recommend that you review the application questions below and prepare your responses in a Word document. This will prevent submission issues like page resets causing you to lose partially completed application content on our online application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, however, we encourage applicants to submit at least 4-6 months before they anticipate a VISTA starting to account for application review and member recruitment. Applications will be accepted based on programmatic space and funding.

Thank you again for your interest in becoming a member of the NLADA Defending Communities in Service network!

Please use the field below to submit the email address of the application point of contact for your organization. We will use this email address should we need to follow up with your organization with questions related to this application.
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If your organization meets all the determinants listed below, you have met the eligibility requirements to be considered as an applicant. If your organization does not meet all the determinants listed above and would still like to be considered as an applicant, please provide an explanation as to which eligibility requirement your organization does not meet, why not, and why your organization should be considered despite this. If your organization is not currently a Program Member of NLADA at the time of application and would like to request a temporary membership waiver in order to apply, please email *
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Your organization must be a Program Member of NLADA and in good standing (current on dues and any associated membership standards).
Your Chief Defender and anticipated VISTA supervisor(s) agree to be interviewed by NLADA staff as a part of the application consideration process.
Your organization will review and adhere to the Award Recipient Expectations detailed in this application.
Your organization will review and adhere to the host site cost share policy detailed in this application and will cover this cost prior to any granted VISTA member’s first day of service.
Explanation of eligibility requirement waiver request. Enter N/A if none. *
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