Mass. Bar Foundation awards $1.9 million in grants for legal aid programs across Massachusetts

Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015
Article Picture

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF) recently awarded over $1.9 million in grants through its annual Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Grants Program. This year's grants will fund 82 programs conducted by 54 nonprofit organizations throughout Massachusetts.

MBF IOLTA grants support projects that either offer civil legal services to people who could not afford them, or improve the administration of justice in the Commonwealth. Grants providing direct legal services include support to domestic violence programs, special education advocacy, humanitarian immigration assistance, and homelessness prevention. Grants to improve the administration of justice include efforts such as court-connected mediation and lawyer of the day programs.

"We are especially proud to announce that for the first time since 2009, the MBF has awarded more funding than it did in the previous year," said MBF President Robert J. Ambrogi of Rockport. "While the increase is modest - just over $22,000 - we hope it represents a turning point and look forward to helping our grantees' critically needed programs grow in the future."

Funds for these grants are provided by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program. The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is one of three charitable entities in Massachusetts that distributes IOLTA funds. More information about all funded programs is available on the MBF website.

Additional information about the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and its IOLTA Grants Program, as well as a complete listing of the 2015/2016 IOLTA grant recipients is available at www.MassBarFoundation.org.