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.
2020 Crisis Empowerment Grants
In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation will be awarding Crisis Empowerment Grants to assist attorneys providing legal help to central Indiana families through four local agencies. Learn more here.
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. Since its inception, more than $250,000 has been awarded through the fund to organizations like Center for Human and Victim Rights, Kids' Voice of Indiana, Indy Reads, Peace Learning Center, the Joseph Maley Foundation, the Military Assistance Project of Indiana Legal Services Inc., Reach for Youth, and the Health and Human Rights Clinic at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in an effort to provide a significant positive impact in central Indiana through the promotion of access to justice for indigent persons.
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 addition to the Community Empowerment Grant, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation grants $105,000 each year to a variety of community service programs co-sponsored with the Indianapolis Bar Association (see details below).
2020 Community Empowerment Grant
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, funds for the Community Empowerment Grant are being redirected to the Crisis Empowerment Grants. See more here.
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation awards thousands of dollars to a variety of community service 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
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 IBA 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