A frequently asked question by potential applicants is, “Do I need any attorney to apply for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program?”
The answer is that you are not required to have an attorney assist you in completing this application. In addition, USDA and the program administrators have worked to make sure free technical assistance is available to anyone who wishes to apply.
If you do choose to use an attorney, please note that you will be responsible for paying any attorneys’ fees. The law that created this financial assistance program – Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act – does not provide for attorneys’ fees, and no attorneys’ fees will be paid to you or your counsel by USDA or any other agency or department of the United States. The total amount of financial assistance will not be increased for you to cover any attorneys’ fees or costs. USDA and the program administrators will not encourage or discourage retaining counsel or retaining a specific attorney or law firm. However, if you decide to consult an attorney, you are advised to consult with licensed attorneys.
An extensive Q&A is available on the program website here.
The program call center (1-800-721-0970) is also available from 8 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. PT, every day except federal holidays to answer questions.