For a non-profit organization, $35,000 can mean the difference between whether a program or initiative ever makes it to fruition or remains a dream—the difference between whether our neighbors receive the assistance they need or are left helpless—the difference between whether our city thrives or withers.
Through the Impact Fund, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation works to these bring important and impactful projects to life. The application period for the 2015 grant is currently underway, with the deadline approaching on July 8. The $35,000 grant will be awarded in early October 2015. Application materials can be found online at indybar.org/ibf.
The grant will be awarded to a non-profit organization that presents an initiative that will advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education, and service. In addition to substantial funds, the IBF seeks to invest IndyBar member participation in support of the project or initiative.
The grant criteria include the following: the project must present an opportunity for IndyBar members to support the initiative by providing human resources, the project should be either a new venture or the significant supplementation of an existing service, the project should articulate a plan to be sustained by additional funding beyond that provided by the IBF, and the project should enhance public understanding and awareness of the legal profession.
The 2014 Impact Fund Grant recipient was the Joseph Maley Foundation. The IBF awarded the 2013 Impact Fund Grant to Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Other past recipients of the Impact Fund include Reach for Youth (2012) and the Health and Human Services Clinic, a collaboration of Wishard Health Services and the McKinney School of Law (2011).
In addition to the Impact Fund, the IBF grants $105,000 to a variety of legal advice and community service programs co-sponsored with the Indianapolis Bar Association. Some of the programs funded include Ask a Lawyer, Legal Line, the Bankruptcy Help Line and educational programming at the Bench Bar Conference. Additional information about the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and the Impact Fund Grant can be found at indybar.org/ibf.