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 2016 grant is currently underway, with the deadline approaching on July 1. The $35,000 grant will be awarded in early October 2016. 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.
Through the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Impact Fund, 2016 grant recipient Peace Learning Center (PLC) has launched innovative programs to encourage happier and safer environments in local schools while reducing suspensions, expulsions and instructional time lost. Previous recipients also include the Joseph Maley Foundation, Indiana Legal Services’ Military Assistance Project, Reach for Youth’s Teen Court program and Indiana University’s Health & Human Rights Clinic.
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 Homeless and Hospice Projects, 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.•