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The Hon. John A. Dooley Competitive Grants Program

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Vermont Bar Foundation

Conf. Date:

01/28/22

LOI Date:

01/21/22

Deadline Date:

03/07/22 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Vermont nonprofit organizations for law-based programs that benefit underserved residents. All applicants must submit a letter of intent and new applicants must participate in a conference call prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to provide legal services to low-income individuals and to provide public education relating to the court and legal system.

The Vermont Bar Foundation offers grants to organizations that help low-income Vermonters gain access to the justice system and provide public education relating to the law. The organizations chosen for the Competitive Grants provide direct legal services to low-income Vermont residents and educate Vermonters about the law.

Vermont IOLTA Program funds have been designated for use solely for the following purposes:

  1. The preponderance of the funds shall be used to support legal services for the disadvantaged;
  2. Remaining funds may be used for public education relating to the courts and legal matters.

The Foundation Board has the discretion to set policy as to the allocation of IOLTA monies between and within the above two categories. Given this discretion, at least 90% of the funds available for grants are awarded to legal services for the disadvantaged and up to 10% are awarded to public education. The Board believes that Foundation monies should allow grantees to explore creative ways of providing needed legal services or law-related public education.

Additional requirements:

  1. Legal services projects should involve the direct delivery of legal services by an attorney or by a qualified person under the supervision of an attorney.
  2. Public education projects should involve the direct education of a population group or groups about the courts or legal matters.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178799

Term of Contract:

The Foundation's grant cycle is July 1 - June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Board of Directors of the Vermont Bar Foundation will be accepting grant applications from Vermont not-for-profit entities.

Programs for which IOLTA funds are requested must not be in direct competition with the private bar.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The applicant conference call is required for all new applicants. It is optional for returning applicants.

The call is scheduled for January 28, 2022, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Applicants that submit an LOI will receive a confirmation along with information about the applicant conference call.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Letter of Intent: Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent by January 21, 2022.
- Applicant conference call: This is required for all new applicants. It is optional for repeat applicants. The call will take place on January 28, 2022 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
- Application due date: Completed applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 7, 2022.

Contact Information:

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

Email the completed Letter of Intent to j.leavitt@vtbarfoundation.org

Submit the application and all attachments via email to the above email address.

For questions, please contact:
Josie Leavitt, Interim Executive Director
Vermont Bar Foundation
P.O. Box 1170
Montpelier, VT 05601-1170
802 223-1400
Cell: 802-238-3208

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