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Grants to Kansas Nonprofits to Provide Free
or Reduced-Fee Legal Services to the Public

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Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF)

Deadline Date:

09/06/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Kansas nonprofits for the provision of free or reduced-fee civil legal services to low-income citizens, law-related education to the public, and programs that help improve the administration of justice in the State. Priority will be given to applications requesting funds for direct services to the public. Programs using local bar volunteer lawyers are encouraged.

Any "experimental" project shall have statewide transferability and be innovative in nature. Applicants funded through this program will be required to provide information to other organizations interested in duplicating their program in other areas. Additional consideration will be given to projects that work cooperatively with other grantees within the state.

The following program areas will be funded:
- Civil Legal Services: Grants to civil legal service programs that provide services to low-income citizens. In the past, these grants have concentrated on such high impact clients as victims of domestic violence, the elderly, and children. Funds are made available to assist with administering local and state bar pro bono legal services programs, reduced fee programs and to provide technical support for legal service staff.
- Law-Related Education: Examples include programs that provide resources for educators and students; programs that provide written materials for informing and educating the public about various areas of the law, and for special projects that highlight national or state programs that bring awareness of law as a career option, generating interest in and knowledge of civic engagement and pro bono recognition and awareness.
- Administration of Justice: The Foundation will consider grants to improve the administration of justice in Kansas. Generally, this area has covered such concerns as alternative procedures for the resolution of disputes, promotion and support for programs facilitating access to the legal system, and improvements in the court system.

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GrantWatch ID#: 158040

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Kansas Bar Foundation has set certain criteria for those organizations wishing to apply for IOLTA funds:
- The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Some consideration will be given to local bar associations, which are 501(c)(6) organizations if the project is charitable in nature.
- The applicant must agree to an audit or a review of their expenses if requested by the Foundation.
- The applicant must provide quarterly reports detailing how the funds were used and who benefited from them.
- Applicants will be required to demonstrate fiscal responsibility, program stability, and an ability to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of quality services.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due on September 6, 2019. Grant recipients will be notified of funding decisions in late Fall.

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

Mail applications to:
Kansas Bar Foundation
IOLTA Grant Program
c/o Anne Woods, Public Services Director
1200 SW Harrison St.
Topeka, KS 66612-1806

Or email to Anne Woods at:

Or fax to: (785) 234-3813

Phone: (785) 861-8838

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USA: Kansas

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