The Vermont Bar Foundation offers grants to organizations that help low-income Vermonters gain access to the justice system and provide public education relating to the law.
The Foundation’s funds come primarily from its Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program, a successful partnership between Vermont lawyers and the banking and credit union communities. The Foundation disburses funds through two grant programs.
The Non-Competitive Grants Program
The Non-Competitive Grants Program provides funds annually to grantee organizations. There is no application process for these grants. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded the bulk of its funds to Vermont Legal Aid, which provides direct legal services at no charge to disadvantaged Vermonters. In the mid-2000s, the Foundation expanded non-competitive grant recipients to include LawLine Vermont and Vermont Law School’s Legal Clinic.
The Competitive Grants Program
The Competitive Grants Program is comprised of grantees chosen through an annual application process. The organizations chosen for the Competitive Grants provide direct legal services to low-income Vermont residents and educate Vermonters about the law.
2017 Competitive Grants Program
The Board of Directors of the Vermont Bar Foundation will be accepting grant applications from Vermont not-for-profit entities.
- Letter of Intent: Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent by January 27, 2017.
- Applicant conference call: This is required for all first-time applicants. It is optional for repeat applicants. February 3, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m.
- Application due date: Completed applications are due no later than March 6, 2017.
Questions? Contact Deborah Bailey, Executive Director:
Vermont Bar Foundation
P.O. Box 1170
Montpelier, VT 05601-1170
Phone 802 223-1400
Fax 802 229-4051