IndyBar Foundation offering solo/small firm grants again in 2021

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The Indianapolis Bar Foundation is once again offering up to $2,500 to lawyers who work with local service providers to help central Indiana families in need of legal services.

The IndyBar Foundation will continue offering funds through its $25,000 Crisis Empowerment Grants in 2021, the foundation announced Wednesday. Interested lawyers can apply through June 1.

The foundation converted its 2020 Community Empowerment Grant to the Crisis Empowerment Grant at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic “to assist members of the association and the community as they navigated the economic effects of COVID-19.” The grant funding is designed to assist solo- and small-firm lawyers representing clients in the areas of family law, landlord-tenant rights and basic estate planning/probate law.

Participating lawyers will be reimbursed at $100 per hour for up to five hours per client who is referred to the program. Referrals will come through a partnership with the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Outreach, Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and Indiana Legal Services Inc.

Lawyers must submit an hourly billing report to IndyBar to receive grant dollars. Client feedback may be sent to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.

The IndyBar Foundation is also reinstituting its $35,000 Community Empowerment Grant this year, in addition to the $25,000 Crisis Empowerment Grant. The former will be awarded to a nonprofit or government organization “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.”

Applications for the Community Empowerment Grant are due June 30. Information for both grant programs, including application information, is available online.

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