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

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

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Eligibility & Applications

Law School Clinical and Internship Programs

Grants are made to each of the nine law schools operating in Pennsylvania to help support clinical and/or internship programs that provide free civil legal assistance to indigent persons. The grants provide practical skills training to students, help serve some of the unmet need for civil legal services, and inculcate a pro bono ethic in future attorneys.  Law schools must demonstrate that the grant funds will be used to address a current civil legal need of the indigent and will support live-client or other real-life practice experience. The law school must consult with local area programs that provide free or low-fee civil legal services to the poor and demonstrate its own financial commitment to the programs that will be funded by the IOLTA grant.


Applications for the grant year beginning July 1, 2018 will be distributed via email on December 18, 2017. Applications must be submitted via email to by January 19, 2018.

Grant Report Schedule for 2017-2018:

The midyear status report covering July 1 – December 31 is due by January 31.

The end-of-year status report covering January 1 – June 30 is due by July 31.

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.


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.

Bank of America Surplus Distribution 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.


Legal services organizations that are a member of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network or a recipient of a current year (2017-2018) specialized legal services grant (“zone grant”) are eligible to apply.


The Bank of America Grant Program application period for the grant year July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 is now open.

(1) Foreclosure Prevention Legal Assistance

(a) Grant Guidelines 2018-19

(b) Grant Application 2018-19

(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 2018-19

(b) Grant Application for PLAN Programs 2018-19

(c) Proposed Budget Form


(d) Grant Guidelines for non-PLAN Programs 2018-19

(e) Grant Application for non-PLAN Programs 2018-19

(f) Proposed Budget Form

(3) Systemic Advocacy/Impact Work

(a) Grant Guidelines 2018-19

(b) Grant Application 2018-19

(c) Proposed Budget Form

The completed applications must be submitted via e-mail to by Friday, December 15, 2017.  Please submit separate e-mails for each grant sub-type if you are 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 30.

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.