IndyBar Foundation

Indianapolis Bar Foundation Grants

IndyBar Foundation Grants
One of the ways that the Indianapolis Bar Foundation accomplishes its mission is through grants that benefit both the legal community and the Indianapolis-area at large. 

2021 Grants
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation will boost its impact in the community in 2021 as it awards $60,000 in grants to both a community partner through its $35,000 Community Empowerment Grant and local attorneys through its Crisis Empowerment Grants, which will total $25,000. The application period for both grants is now closed.

Crisis Empowerment Grant
While in the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Board of Directors converted the 2020 Community Empowerment Grant to the Crisis Empowerment Grant in order to assist members of the association and the community as they navigated the economic effects of COVID-19.  This year, the board voted to re-institute the $35,000 Community Empowerment Grant as well as again offer Crisis Empowerment Grants totaling $25,000 to continue to assist IndyBar solo and small firm practitioners. These grants will provide up to $2,500 each for lawyers who perform services on pre-screened cases from local service providers to assist central Indiana families in need of legal services.

Crisis Empowerment Grants cover the hourly expenses of solo and small law firm practitioners of $100 per hour, up to five hours per client, devoted to assisting referred clients who meet program criteria.  The grant application, which can be found at, provides information on what types of services will be considered and who qualifies for services. Reporting will be required for receipt of grant dollars, and client feedback may be sent to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.   

See full grant information here.

The application period is now closed.

Community Empowerment Grant (formerly known as The Impact Fund)
The Impact Fund began in 2011 as a vehicle to maximize the financial generosity of Indianapolis Bar Foundation donors and to provide members of the Indianapolis Bar Association with compelling opportunities to donate their time through pro bono service. Renamed the Community Empowerment Grant in 2020, this grant is an important tool in the foundation’s efforts to fulfill its mission: to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service. 

In 2021, $35,000 will be awarded to an outside entity through the Community Empowerment Grant. Non-profit organizations and government entities are eligible for this grant, and the funds must be used to support a program that reinforces the foundation’s mission and presents opportunities for members of the central Indiana legal community to participate on a pro bono or modest means basis. 

See full grant criteria here.

The application period is now closed. 

Annual Grants

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation awards more than $100,000 to a variety of programs each year.  Projects funded include the following:

Service to the Community (pro bono)
  Community events - Ask A Lawyer
Outreach - Constitution books and voter registration provided at Naturalization ceremonies
IndyBar Pro Bono Coordinator
Service to the Profession
  Diversity Job Fair
Professionalism initiatives
Publishing of Commonly Asked Questions about Indiana Law book
Leadership Training / Scholarships
  Bar Leader Series Pay it Forward Project Grants
Leadership development at National Conference of Bar Presidents and Bar Leadership Institute for diverse attendees
Scholarships for IndyBar programming - Bar Review course, Applied Professionalism course, Bench Bar
Educational Initiatives - Bench Bar
  Bench Bar Conference
Web-based access to Bar Review
Technology and staff for education programs


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