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Foundation publishes guidelines for IOLTA grants

IOLTA Grant Applications to eligible programs are due no later than April 2, 2003.

The Alaska Bar Foundation IOLTA program funds are designated for the following purposes: Support of legal services to the economically disadvantaged and programs to improve the administration of justice.

The Foundation is soliciting proposals for fiscal year 2004 (July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004) from organizations to supplement legal services programs for the economically disadvantaged and programs to enhance the administration of justice. The Foundation asks lawyers who are involved with organizations that meet the Foundation's grant guidelines set forth below to make those organizations aware of this solicitation.

However, please be advised that due to the low interest rates being paid on lawyers' trust accounts, the Foundation estimates that it will only have $84,000 available for grants for the fiscal year 2004. This compares to $121,000 for FY'03 and $344,000 for FY'02.

The following grant guidelines will be utilized by the Foundation.

1. The Foundation does not intend to use its limited IOLTA resources to replace existing funding.

2. A primary function of an organization seeking a grant must be consistent with the guidelines of the Foundation for IOLTA program monies.

3. Grant requests must be consistent with the tax exempt public purposes prescribed by the Foundation and with applicable Internal Revenue Code regulations and rulings relative to Section 501(c)(3) organizations.

4. Generally, the Foundation will not be the primary source of financial support for a sustained period of time for programs to improve the administration of justice. The applicant should demonstrate an ability to function eventually without the assistance of the Foundation.

5. The Foundation may require matching funds as a condition of the grant in order to broaden the base of community support.

6. The majority of the available grant funds will be awarded in June of each year. Each grant recipient shall be entitled to only one (1) grant in each granting year unless the grantee can show special circumstances necessitating a second grant.

7. The grant funding cycle will normally be a 12-month period. Recipients must reapply each year if additional funding is desired.

8. The Foundation will use a significant portion of available funding for programs delivering legal services to the economically disadvantaged and will give highest funding priority to those programs.

9. Significant weight will be given to a history or a clear ability of an applicant to provide a successful program.

10. Consideration will be given to the proportion of clients to be served within a geographic area and the breadth of services proposed to be offered.

11. The Foundation will rely on the written demonstration submitted by the applicant, thus the applicant must present the Foundation with complete, thorough and accurate information.

12. The Foundation will not make grants to: individual persons; religious organizations; political campaigns; organizations that are designed primarily for lobbying; organizations for the sole purpose of funding litigation; governmental entities; endowment scholarship or fellowship programs; continuing legal education programs for lawyers; lawyers in the private practice of law; law enforcement or correctional organizations; or law schools.

Grant applications for the July 2003 through June 2004 funding cycle must be received by the Alaska Bar Foundation, at 550 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 1900, Anchorage Alaska 99501, or P. O. Box 100279, Anchorage, Alaska 99510, no later than 5:00 p.m., April 2, 2003. Upon submission all proposals become the property of the Alaska Bar Foundation which has the right to use any or all ideas presented in any proposal submitted, whether or not the proposal is accepted.
For grant applications or further information, contact Kenneth P. Eggers, president, Alaska Bar Foundation, (907) 562-6474. Applications will also be available on the Alaska Bar Association's web site - www.alaskabar.org.

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