AUGUSTA – The state of Maine is looking for groups to provide free civil legal services to low-income people and the elderly.

Only experienced nonprofit organizations, legal aid clinics at law schools, and pro-bono programs are eligible to receive funding from the state’s civil legal services fund.

Such groups have until Sept. 1 to apply for funding.

Decades ago, the Legislature created the civil legal services fund to help those who can’t afford legal help.

A 2016 report by a University of Maine economics professor found that Maine legal aid providers secured about $4 million in benefits from federal programs and $2.4 million in federal grants.

The report found such efforts created about $13.4 million in economic activity and created dozens of full-and-part time jobs.

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