The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is now accepting applications through April 1, 2014 for its Impact Fund Grant of at least $35,000 to be awarded in late May 2014. Application instructions and additional information can be found online here.
The IBF Impact Fund serves as an important vehicle to facilitate the financial generosity of members of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Through the Impact Fund, the IBF seeks to invest substantial funds and IndyBar member participation in support of a project presented by a non-profit organization that seeks to affect a significant positive impact in central Indiana.
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. 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 grant was awarded to Indiana Legal Services' Military Assistance Project in 2013 and to Reach for Youth for its Teen Court program in 2012. In 2011, Indiana University’s Health & Human Rights Clinic located in Haughville was chosen to receive the Impact Grant.
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 here.