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Illinois Bar Foundation Grants

Grants to Promote Pro-Bono Legal
Assistance for Those with Limited Means

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Illinois Bar Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/24/12 5:00 PM


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Grants are available for Illinois non-profits that provide pro-bono legal aid to those with limited means. The purposes of these grants are to: (a) enhance the availability of legal aid to those of limited means; (b) encourage pro-bono legal work; and (c) educate Illinois residents regarding their rights and responsibilities under the law. The Foundation prefers projects that are new or innovative and have a statewide or regional impact. Programs with a local impact must show evidence of the significance of the program to the locality, and local support for the project.

Projects funded under the first category will assist Illinois residents with limited means to resolve their legal problems in the most effective way possible. Programs addressing areas of greatest need or with the greatest impact will receive priority.

Projects funded under the second category will create new pro-bono opportunities, with an emphasis on practice areas outside of family law; provide educational opportunities for pro-bono attorneys; or retain and recognize the efforts of current pro-bono attorneys.

Projects funded under the third category will create educational materials for legal aid clients regarding the legal problems they may encounter. The project should have a clear distribution plan that includes posting on Illinois Legal Aid Online.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127094

Term of Contract:

Foundation funds must be expended within 12 months of the date of the award. The Executive Director may grant a six-month extension if there has been a good-faith effort to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Illinois Bar Foundation awards grants only to 501(c)(3) organizations serving the State of Illinois whose work fits within IBF's organizational objectives. Bar Associations, though generally 501(c)(6) organizations, are encouraged to apply for project support. Bar Associations should call the Foundation staff prior to submission for specific instructions.

Pre-Application Information:

* Submit only one application per organization.
* Applications should be emailed to or mailed to the Foundation’s Chicago or Springfield addresses.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To learn more about the Illinois Bar Foundation, please see

For more information about the Foundation�s grant guidelines and procedures, contact Lisa Corrao, IBF Executive Director, at 312.920.4683.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois