Kansas Non-profits encouraged to apply for Kansas Bar Foundation IOLTA grants
Non-profit organizations in Kansas may be eligible for grants from the Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF) from its IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts) program. IOLTA distributes approximately $100,000 each year to organizations that support law-related educational projects and programs that support access to justice for low-income Kansans.
Eligible groups can apply for 2022 grants in the areas of Civil Legal Services, Law-Related Education and Administration of Justice by visiting www.ksbar.org/mpage/kbf-grants. The deadline for 2022 proposals is Sept. 3, 2021; recipients will be notified in late fall.
Past IOLTA grant recipient, Julie Grabbe, an attorney from Hays, described how the funding has benefited her organization.
“We want to express our heartfelt thanks to the Board of Trustees for the generous grant so that we may provide these services and be part of the solution. We believe with your assistance we can effect the change that is necessary to help tip the scales of justice back into balance. Without equality, true justice cannot exist, and true justice is necessary for a thriving successful society,” she said.
Individual client legal trust accounts are often such a small amount or held for such a short period of time that any interest generated would be less than the cost to set up and administer the account. Upon the creation of the IOLTA program in 1984, the KBF and Kansas bankers can now pool the interest from these accounts together to generate significant revenue for law-related charitable projects. A list of KBF bank partners can be found here: www.ksbar.org/mpage/IOLTA-institutions.
For more than 60 years, the KBF has funded opportunities for the citizens of Kansas for charitable and educational projects that foster the welfare, honor and integrity of the legal system by improving its accessibility, equality and uniformity, and by enhancing the public opinion of the role of lawyers in our society. It has awarded more than $4 million in IOLTA grants since 1984 for law-related educational programs and to provide legal services to those who cannot afford them. For more information about the KBF, visit www.ksbar.org/kbf.