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
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
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.