MBF awards $2 million in grants for legal aid programs across Massachusetts

Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017
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The Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF) recently awarded $2 million to 84 programs conducted by 56 different nonprofit organizations through its annual IOLTA grants program.

"MBF grantees are working hard every day to meet the increasing demand for civil legal assistance," said MBF President Janet F. Aserkoff of Boston's Rappaport, Aserkoff & Gelles. "We are proud to be able to support these critically needed programs that provide services to communities throughout the Commonwealth."

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 support efforts such as court-connected mediation and lawyer of the day programs.

The MBF is grateful for the assistance of 90 members of the MBF Society of Fellows, who volunteered their timing reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations to the MBF Trustees.  Their efforts help ensure these funds get to where they are needed most.  The MBF Society of Fellows is comprised of Massachusetts lawyers and judges who are committed to giving back to the profession and supporting legal services for the poor in our state. Through generous contributions to the Foundation, they help ensure that the MBF is a resource through which the legal community can come together and support initiatives that make access to justice a reality for those in need.

The MBF is one of three charitable entities in Massachusetts that distributes funds from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts Program.

Additional information about the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and its IOLTA Grants Program, as well as a complete listing of the 2017/2018 IOLTA grant recipients is available at www.MassBarFoundation.org.