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Grants to Kansas Nonprofits for Law-Related
Education and Legal Services and Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF)

Deadline Date:

09/03/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Kansas nonprofit organizations for legal programs and services. The purpose of funding is to provide law-related education to the public, provide legal services to low-income citizens, and improve the administration of justice in the state. Priority will be given to programs that provide direct services to the public.

IOLTA grant applications are accepted from Kansas nonprofit organizations or programs that provide the following:

  • Civil Legal Services: The Foundation has committed itself to assisting with improving the access to the legal system for all Kansans. One of the key methods of accomplishing this objective is by providing 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 and training for legal service staff.
  • Law-Related Education (LRE): This category is for law-related educational projects and publications for the public. 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.

Things to consider:

  • Programs using local bar volunteer lawyers are encouraged.
  • Priority will be given to applications requesting funds for direct services to the public. The provision of those services shall be broken down into estimated cost per direct service, if possible.
  • The Foundation will make every effort to distribute IOLTA funds evenly throughout the state.
  • 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 Foundation encourages applicants to search for additional sources of project income.  Added consideration will be given to such programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

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:

Completed proposals are to be submitted electronically (in PDF) and must be received on or before 5 pm on Friday, September 3, 2021. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in late Fall 2021. Checks will be mailed in late January 2022.

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Contact Information:

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

Email the IOLTA Grant Application to

Kansas Bar Foundation
IOLTA Grant Program
c/o Lisa Leroux-Smith
PO Box 751080.
Topeka, KS 66675-1080

Ph: (785) 234-5696
Fax: (785) 234-3813

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