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Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Grant

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits to Improve
Legal Access, Knowledge, and Administration of Justice

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rhode Island Bar Foundation

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Grants starting at $4,000 to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations to support the delivery of legal services to the poor, improve the delivery of legal services, promote knowledge and awareness of the law, and improve the administration of justice.

Priority will be given to applications requesting funds for the direct representation of clients.

Funds may be used for a variety of other activities including: alternative dispute resolution programs, young lawyer special public service projects, victim services programs, foreclosure issues and prevention, and Law Related Education programs.

Consideration will be given to the proportion of the public proposed to be served within a geographic area and the breadth of services proposed to be offered.

A primary function of an agency seeking a grant must be consistent with the purposes listed below:

1. Providing legal services to the poor in Rhode Island;
2. Improving the delivery of legal services;
3. Promoting knowledge and awareness of the law;
4. Improving the administration of justice.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148955

Estimated Size of Grant:

IOLTA grants currently range from $4,000 to $224,276.

Term of Contract:

The grant funding cycle will normally be a 12 month period. Recipients must reapply each year if additional funding is desired. The next twelve month grant cycle: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations and agencies must include proof of tax-exempt status in their application.

The Foundation does not intend to use its limited resources to replace existing funding.

Funds will not be awarded to provide legal assistance with respect to any fee-generating case.

The Foundation will not make grants to:
- Individual persons;
- Religious organizations;
- Political campaigns;
- Organizations that are designed primarily for lobbying;
- Support travel, either by groups or individuals;
- Endowment campaigns;
- Scholarships and fellowship programs;
- Continuing legal education programs for lawyers;
- Law enforcement or correctional organizations;
- Other organizations which do not meet the specific criteria listed below.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Please mail applications to:
Rhode Island Bar Foundation
41 Sharpe Drive
Cranston, RI 02920

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island