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Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits to Provide
Legal Services to Low-Income Clients

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Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF)

Deadline Date:

08/11/17 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofits and civil legal organizations that provide civil legal services to low-income clients. Funds are intended to support programs that address the particular needs and problems of various indigent groups, different geographical regions and special areas of public concern.

Agency diversity, in terms of structure, service delivery methods, and sources of funds, is recognized and valued. As such, the Foundation sponsors agencies that provide free legal services as well as those which charge reduced fees for services, consistent with its position that there is room for both models in addressing the needs of Wisconsin’s low income population.

Grants are available in three categories:

1) IOLTA Category I (direct civil legal service): IOLTA Category I grants must be used for the provision of direct civil legal services to the poor. Examples of direct civil service law programs include, but are not limited to, family law, housing, health, benefits, migrant workers, W2 and welfare, and immigration.

2) Public Interest Legal Services Fund (PILSF): PILSF grants must be used for the express and exclusive purpose of supporting the direct delivery of civil legal services to low-income people. PILSF grants cannot be used to support activities of a political or ideological nature.

3) IOLTA Category II Grant: IOLTA Category II grant applicants must provide, plan to provide, or cause to be provided a program or project exclusively for the public benefit that has been approved by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Examples of projects include, but are not limited to, law-related education and the administration of justice.

The Foundation will not allocate grant funds to organizations to be used for criminal representation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159252

Term of Contract:

January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All clients served by WisTAF IOLTA Category I and PILSF funding sources must be residents of Wisconsin, who are living at or below 125% of the federal poverty standard.

To be eligible to receive Category I IOLTA funds, an applicant must:

1. Provide, plan to provide or cause to be provided civil legal assistance to financially-eligible clients or client groups; and
2. Either be a civil legal assistance organization or be an organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) exempt organization; or
3. Otherwise demonstrate the charitable purpose of the applicant organization and project.

To be eligible to receive Category II IOLTA funds from WisTAF, an applicant must:

1. Provide, plan to provide, or cause to be provided a law-related program or project exclusively for the public benefit, which has been approved by the Wisconsin Supreme Court; and
2. Either be a civil legal assistance organization or be an organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) exempt organization; or
3. Otherwise demonstrate the charitable purpose of the applicant organization and project.

To be eligible to receive PILSF funds, an applicant must:

1. Expressly and exclusively provide direct civil legal services to financially-eligible clients or client groups; and
2. Either be a civil legal assistance organization or be an organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) exempt organization; or
3. Otherwise demonstrate the charitable purpose of the applicant organization and project.

Pre-Application Information:

Contact Information:

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

Rebecca Murray, Program Manager
(608) 257-6844
rmurray@wistaf.org

Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc.
825 Williamson Street, Suite A
Madison, WI 53703

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