TOPEKA —The Kansas Bar Foundation has set the deadline for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) 2011 grant applications to October 7. The KBF awarded $84,500 in grants to charitable organizations across Kansas from funds generated through the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program.
Each year, the Kansas Bar Foundation earmarks IOLTA funds for non-profit groups that provide support of legal services to the disadvantaged, public education about the law, and administration of justice programs. The following programs were funded for the 2011 grant cycle:
• $52,000 for direct legal and mediation services from Kansas Legal Services, Inc., for victims of domestic violence, senior citizens, and low-income individuals; and administration of the Kansas Bar Association’s reduced-fee and pro bono programs.
• $10,000 for Strategic Volunteer Training to all CASA programs in Kansas.
• $6,500 for statewide law-related education projects sponsored by the Kansas Bar Association in cooperation with the Kansas Supreme Court’s Law and Citizenship Project.
• $5,000 to Douglas County Legal Aid Society, Inc.
• $4,500 for coordination of the Kansas Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ High School Mock Trial Program.
• $4,500 to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
• $1,000 for coordination of the Topeka-Shawnee County Youth Court.
• $1,000 for coordination of the Olathe Youth Court.
The Kansas IOLTA program is supported by more than 3,500 lawyers and 140 financial institutions statewide. The IOLTA program collects interest from trust accounts in which funds are nominal in amount or are expected to be held for a short period of time.
For more information contact Kelsey Schrempp, manager, public services, Kansas Bar Association, 785-234-5696, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1957, the Kansas Bar Foundation is a philanthropic, non-profit corporation associated with the Kansas Bar Association. The Foundation forges partnerships between the bar, the courts, and the legal aid organizations in Kansas to improve our system of justice and to help low-income and disadvantaged members in our community by insuring that they have meaningful access to the justice system to protect their rights. The Foundation places special emphasis on issues affecting children and families, and also supports exceptional educational programs for youth by awarding more than $2.8 million since 1984.