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PA IOLTA Board
P.O. Box 62446
Harrisburg, PA 17107-2445

Tel. 717-238-2001
Toll Free 888-PA-IOLTA (724-6582)
Fax. 717-238-2003
paiolta@pacourts.us

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Eligibility & Applications

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Law School Clinical and Internship Programs

Grants are made to each of the eight law schools operating in Pennsylvania to support clinical and/or internship programs that provide practical skills training for the law students, while also providing civil legal assistance to indigent persons. The exposure helps the students understand the special position attorneys hold in the justice system, and the necessity for all lawyers to provide pro bono services. Law schools must demonstrate that the grant funds are used to address a current civil legal need of the poor and for live-client or other real-life practice experience. The law school must also consult with local area programs that provide free or low-fee civil legal services to the poor, and demonstrate their own financial commitment to the programs funded by the IOLTA grant.

Applications

Applications for the grant year beginning July 1, 2016 will be available on December 14, 2015. Applications must be submitted at www.paioltagrants.org by January 22, 2016.

Grant Reporting

Status Reports for the 2015 -2016 grant year must be filed at www.paioltagrants.org:

For Period Ending December 31, reports are due by February 12.

For Period Ending June 30, reports are due by July 29.

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Pro Bono Initiatives

Due to diminished revenue, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania retired the Pro Bono Initiative Grant program. The final grant will be awarded for grant year ending June 30, 2018.

Grant Reporting

Status Reports for the 2016 – 2017 grant year must be filed as follows:

For Period Ending December 31, reports are due by February 12.

For Period Ending June 30, reports are due by July 29.

 

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Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is administered by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF) under a three-year grant funded by pro hac vice admission fees. The LRAP benefits attorneys employed full-time by an IOLTA-funded legal services organization.

Visit the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation’s website for more information about applying for assistance.

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Bank of America Grant Program

The following grant opportunities are supported with restricted revenue resulting from a settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Bank of America.  These grants support community redevelopment legal assistance and foreclosure prevention legal assistance.

Eligibility

Legal services organizations that are a member of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network or a recipient of a current year (2016-2017) specialized legal services grant (“zone grant”) are eligible to apply.

Applications

The Bank of America Grant Program application period for the grant year July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 is now open.

(1) Foreclosure Prevention Legal Assistance

(a) Grant Guidelines 2017-18

(b) Grant Application 2017-18

(c) Proposed Budget Form

(2) Landlord/Tenant Representation

Note:  If your organization is a member of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN), items (a) through (c) are applicable; non-PLAN organizations will utilize items (d) – (f).

(a) Grant Guidelines for PLAN Programs 2017-18

(b) Grant Application for PLAN Programs 2017-18

(c) Proposed Budget Form

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(d) Grant Guidelines for non-PLAN Programs 2017-18

(e) Grant Application for non-PLAN Programs 2017-18

(f) Proposed Budget Form

(3) Systemic Advocacy/Impact Work

(a) Grant Guidelines 2017-18

(b) Grant Application 2017-18

(c) Proposed Budget Form

The completed applications must be submitted via e-mail to Stephanie.Libhart@pacourts.us by Friday, December 16, 2016.  Please submit separate e-mails for each grant sub-type if you will be applying for multiple grants.

Grant Report Schedule for 2017-2018

For Period Ending September 30, reports are due by October 31.

For Period Ending December 31, reports are due by January 31.

For Period Ending March 31, reports are due by April 28.

For Period Ending June 30, reports are due by July 31.

Audit reports are due to the Board no later than 105 days following the last day of the grantee’s fiscal year.

Budget modification requests must be submitted by May 31, 2018.