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Impact Fund

Grant to a Central Indiana Nonprofit or Agency to Advance
Justice and Promote Public Understanding of the Law

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Indianapolis Bar Foundation

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Grant of $35,000 to a Central Indiana nonprofit organization or government entity to promote public understanding of the law and advance the administration of justice. Funding will support a project by a single organization or a collaboration that will yield a substantial and positive impact in the local communities.

The following criteria must apply to each proposal:

- Project supports the IBF’s purpose by: (1) providing public education and understanding of the law; (2) providing direct delivery of legal services; or (3) handling the administration of justice.

- Project presents opportunities for members of the Central Indiana legal community to participate on a pro bono or modest means basis.

- Project makes a significant impact in Central Indiana. For example, either a new venture for the applicant organization(s) or a plan for significant supplementation to an existing service.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141861

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Term of Contract:

The IBF typically funds one-year grant cycles.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations based in Central Indiana may apply.

Project funding from IBF may be awarded only to non-profit organizations or government entities.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: May 31, 2019
- Notice of Next Steps: By June 28, 2019
- Presentation: July 11, 2019
- Notice of Grant Decision: August 20, 2019

The Impact Fund Grant selection process involves three steps:

Step 1: Written Proposal

Step 2: Presentation to Impact Fund Committee
Organizations whose written proposals are approved to receive grant consideration will be notified by June 28, 2019, and invited to meet July 11, 2019, with the members of the Impact Fund Committee.
Note: The invitation to meet with the Committee does not imply a guarantee for selection.

Step 3: Distinguished Fellows Vote
The Distinguished Fellows of the IBF will vote between July 15 and August 15 to determine the winning proposal. The organizations will be notified shortly thereafter.

The IBF will acknowledge receipt of all complete submissions by electronic mail.

Projects should articulate a plan to be sustained by other funding beyond the grant from the IBF. For example, if salary is a significant component and it will require on-going funds, applicants should explain the plan to obtain on-going funds in the future.

Preference will be given to organizations who utilize the full $35,000 grant and where the grant represents all, or a significant portion of, the total budget for the project.

Contact Information:

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

For questions and to submit applications, email

Indianapolis Bar Foundation
135 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1500
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 269-2000
Fax: (317) 269-1915

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Central Indiana