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Grants to Kansas Nonprofits to Provide
Programs in Legal and Justice-Related Activities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF)

Deadline Date:

09/07/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Kansas nonprofit organizations for support of legal and justice activities. Funding is intended to provide 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.

Focus areas of funding:

  • 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 for legal service staff.
  • Law-Related Education: The second largest category receiving IOLTA funds has been law-related education projects for the public. A variety of public education seminars on the Constitution have received funding. These seminars have been one-day to day-and-a-half programs developed for secondary school social studies teachers. Funds were also granted to assist with the Close-Up project, Citizen Bee programs, the LRE Clearinghouse, the Law Wise newsletter, the statewide Mock Trial competition, and legal rights and responsibilities booklets.
  • 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.

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 may be submitted by mail, fax, or email by 5 pm on Monday, September 7, 2020. Grant recipients will be notified of funding decisions in late Fall.

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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.

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas

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