Nonprofit organization need to “do more with less” money this year because of a 20 percent reduction in state funding, the head of a legal aid group said.

“We had to cut over $300,000 out of our grant budget,” said Leslie Corbett, exectuive director of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation. “For all of these programs, it really pulls the vice tighter.”

The foundation awarded about $1.3 million in grants to 14 nonprofit organizations this year. Its board of directors approved the grants last month. Money for the grants comes from the Illinois Equal Justice Act, which created the foundation to distributed the money.

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