Each year the Alabama Law foundation makes grants for law-related charitable projects. A 2006 survey of Alabama’s low-income residents found that only 16% of poor people receive assistance with their legal problems. 80% of grants are to groups that provide free civil legal aid to the poor.
The grant application process begins with the submission of an online grant application. The foundation awards IOLTA grants in three categories:
- Programs that provide free legal aid to the poor in civil cases
- Projects to improve the administration of justice
- Law related education
Grants are awarded each December for the following year beginning January 1.
The deadline for submitting applications is October 15.
To be eligible to receive funds from the IOLTA program, an applicant must be a 501©(3) charitable organization or the project must be for a 501©(3) eligible purpose. The foundation does not accept grant applications from individuals..
The foundation will only award grants for the provision of legal aid to the poor to programs that provide services to individual clients or families at or below 125% of federal poverty level.
Committees and Task Forces of the Alabama State Bar must have the approval of the Board of Bar Commissioners prior to submission of a grant application.