Interest on Lawyer Account (IOLA) Fund of the State of New York
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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations to provide free high-quality legal services to low-income clients. Interested applicants are required to pre-register prior to applying. Funding is intended to support programs such as alternative dispute resolution programs, pro bono services, technical assistance programs, specialized legal services, and staff attorney programs.
The IOLA Fund’s mission is to support those qualified non-profit organizations throughout New York State that will most efficiently and effectively provide stable, economical and high quality civil legal representation to eligible low-income clients and that will improve the administration of justice.
In furtherance of its mission, and in recognition that no single program can satisfy the documented unmet need for civil legal services, IOLA supports a variety of programs to ensure the delivery of a full range of civil legal services to low income New Yorkers through a comprehensive, well-coordinated statewide system. Such programs include, but are not limited to: staff attorney programs, pro bono programs, specialized legal services programs, multi-service programs, alternative dispute resolution programs and support and technical assistance programs for the legal services delivery system.
To accomplish its mission, the IOLA Fund administers two grant programs:
1. Civil Legal Services (CLS) Grant Program
The Civil Legal Services Program funds organizations that provide direct civil legal services in multiple areas of poverty law (for example, housing, family, public benefits) to poor persons residing in a particular geographic areas. Legal services are provided free of charge. The most common categories of cases handled by CLS programs are family, housing, income maintenance, consumer, health and employment. CLS grant awards are for general operating support.
By statute, the Fund allocates no less than 75% of its total annual funding to the CLS grant program and bases those awards on the poverty population according to the latest available figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
2. Administration of Justice (AOJ) Grant Program
Awards are made to providers of legal services to underserved groups and other groups with special needs. In addition to legal services, the AOJ awards support training, program innovations, alternative dispute resolution programs, volunteer lawyer programs and technology improvements to enhance service delivery. The Program funds organizations that fall in one of the following four categories: The organization provides legal services principally through the pro bono model; the organization provides direct civil legal services to a particular demographic group such as domestic violence victims, the disabled, the elderly, homeless persons, immigrants and others; the organization provides training, technical assistance or other supportive services to civil legal services providers; the organization provides legal or support services through the innovative use of technology.
The IOLA Fund generally gives priority to programs that already receive IOLA grant funds. However, the Trustees encourage applications from other programs engaged in the provision of civil legal services if the need, client population, or geographic area that it serves is not addressed by existing programs. The Trustees also encourage applications from innovative programs that help expand access to equal justice for poor persons.
GrantWatch ID#: 170077
Total Program Funding:
New York State Finance Law 97-v requires the Trustees to allocate no less than 75% of the total grant funds available to qualified civil legal services (“CLS”) providers and no more than 25% of the total grant funds available to programs that improve the administration of justice (“AOJ”).
Grants will be awarded for the twenty-four month period beginning April 1, 2021 and ending March 31, 2023.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email questions regarding the application process (for posting on site) to IOLAGrants@iola.org.
- Grants Management Team: GrantsGateway@its.ny.gov
- Grants Reform help desk/hotline: (518) 474-5595.
IOLA Fund of the State of New York
11 East 44th Street, Suite #1406
New York, NY 10017
USA: New York City; New York
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