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The Hon. John A. Dooley Competitive Grants Program

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits for Legal Services
to the Disadvantaged and Public Legal Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Vermont Bar Foundation

Conf. Date:


LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

03/07/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to Vermont nonprofit organizations to provide legal services to disadvantaged individuals or promote public understanding of the court and legal system. Letters of intent are due before applying and first-time applicants are required to attend a conference call.

Vermont IOLTA Program funds have been designated for use solely for the following purposes:
A. The preponderance of the funds shall be used to support legal services for the disadvantaged;
B. Remaining funds may be used for public education relating to the courts and legal matters.

Vermont Bar Foundation Grant Policy:
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.

Important Grant Application Notes:
A. 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.
B. 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:

Applications are accepted 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 first-time applicants. It is optional for repeat applicants. The call is scheduled for February 1, noon – 1:00 PM.

Pre-Application Information:

Application dates:
- Letter of Intent: Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent by January 28, 2019
- Applicant conference call: This is required for all first-time applicants. It is optional for repeat applicants. February 1, 2019 from Noon to 1:00p.m.
- Application due date: Completed applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 7, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Email LOIs and applications to:

Deborah Bailey, Executive Director

Vermont Bar Foundation
P.O. Box 1170
Montpelier, VT 05601-1170

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont