The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is now accepting applications through June 28 for the 2017 Impact Fund Grant. This annual grant of at least $35,000 will be awarded in early September 2017. The application form and additional information can be found at indybar.org/ibf.
The IBF Impact Fund serves as an important vehicle to facilitate the financial generosity of members of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the local legal community. Through the Impact Fund, the IBF seeks to invest substantial funds and association 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 association 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 Indy Reads has launched expanded educational programming for incarcerated individuals to increase knowledge of commonly used legal terms and procedures and reduce recidivism. Previous recipients also include the Peace Learning Center, 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, Free Wills Clinics 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.•