Legal professionals are active community volunteers, so it’s likely IndyBar members know of local law-related organizations that could benefit from a $35,000 grant from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. The foundation is now accepting applications for the Community Empowerment Grant until March 3rd. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible for this grant, and the funds must be used 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.
The Community Empowerment Grant is a vehicle to maximize the financial generosity of the foundation’s donors and to provide members of the Indianapolis Bar Association with compelling opportunities to donate their time through pro bono service. This is in addition to the more than $100,000 the foundation gifts annually for other local legal programs. Formerly known as the Impact Fund Grant and renamed in 2020, the Community Empowerment 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. Former recipients of this unique grant include the following:2022 – Indiana Disability Rights2021 – Reach for Youth2020 – COVID-19 solo/small firm practitioner direct support2019 – Center for Victim and Human Rights2018 – Indiana Legal Services Inc.2017 – Kids’ Voice of Indiana2016 – Indy Reads2015 – Peace Learning Center2014 – The Joseph Maley Foundation2013 – Indiana Legal Services Inc.2012 – Reach for Youth Teen Court2011 – IU Robert H. McKinney’s Health and Human Rights Clinic
To apply, organizations should access www.indybar.org/grant. Application deadline is March 3, 2023.•