A statewide legal aid program to help victims of sexual violence is looking to raise funds to continue that mission after it recently lost a federal grant.

The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence is a 35-year-old program with a staff of around 20 people that certifies local rape and sexual assault crisis programs and funnels grants to them, as well as providing training and other services.

As an ancillary to those efforts, the council 16 years ago began providing legal services to survivors of sexual violence, particularly those who didn’t have access to other legal aid agencies or had needs that couldn’t be met by those offices, according to Theresa Prichard, associate director and general counsel for the FCASV.