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The Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF) recently awarded $2.6 million to 89 legal aid programs conducted by 65 nonprofit organizations across the state through its annual Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account (IOLTA) grants program. Despite a significant decline in revenues from Massachusetts IOLTA funds, MBF Trustees elected to draw from reserves and from its Fellows Fund to ensure this year’s funding remained essentially level with last year.

“Given the demand and urgency for civil legal services in the wake of the pandemic, the MBF Trustees felt it was critical to keep funding as close to previous levels as possible,” explained MBF President Angela McConney Scheepers. "The MBF is grateful to the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee for its careful cultivation and stewardship of IOLTA funds, as well as to the MBF Fellows, whose generous financial contributions have helped fill in the gap for this year’s grantmaking.”

Over 80 attorneys and judges who are members of the MBF Society of Fellows volunteered their time and talent to help review applications, conduct site visits, and help ensure the thoughtful and equitable distribution of Massachusetts IOLTA funds.

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is one of three charitable entities that distributes funds from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's IOLTA program. MBF IOLTA Grants provide funding for direct legal services including support for homelessness prevention, domestic violence programs, education and healthcare advocacy, and immigration assistance. Grants to improve the administration of justice include court-connected mediation, conciliation, and lawyer of the day programs.

Additional information about the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and its IOLTA Grants Program, as well as a complete listing of the 2022/2023 IOLTA grant recipients, is available at www.MassBarFoundation.org.

Grant recipients include:

Ascentria Community Services, Inc. Immigration Legal Assistance Program $65,396.00
Barnstable County Bar Association Barnstable County Probate & Family Court Project $19,920.00
Berkshire County Regional Housing AuthorityHousing Services and Mediation Program (HSMP)$36,000.00
Berkshire Immigrant Center Immigration Legal Services and Education$22,500.00
Boston CASA, Inc. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children and Youth$10,000.00
Bristol County Bar Association Bristol County Bar Association Pro Bono Conciliation Program$10,000.00
Cape Mediation Court Mediation and Conciliation Program (Court ADR)$16,500.00
Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. Legal Advocacy Program$45,000.00
CASA Project, Inc. Child Court Advocacy Program$50,000.00
Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Inc.Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Inc., - Immigration Law Programs (ILEAP & IVRP)$110,000.00
Center for New Americans Citizenship & Immigration Program$16,500.00
Children's Law Center of Massachusetts, Inc.Child & Adolescent Legal Services (CALS) Program$65,000.00
Collaborative Resolutions Group Family Mediation Program$15,000.00
Community Dispute Settlement CenterDivorce/Family/Juvenile District Court Mediation$17,340.00
Community Legal Aid, Inc. Central-West Veterans' Outreach & Advocacy Project $15,000.00
Community Legal Aid, Inc. District Court Debt Collection Project$10,000.00
Community Legal Aid, Inc. Hampden County Education Law Project $10,000.00
Community Legal Aid, Inc. Pro Bono Representation in Family Court $25,000.00
Community Legal Aid, Inc. Seniors Partner for Justice - West $13,580.00
Community Legal Aid, Inc. Western Mass. Family Law Advocacy Project $45,000.00
Community Legal Aid, Inc. Western Massachusetts Eviction Defense Project$65,000.00
Community Legal Aid, Inc. Worcester County Education Law Project $23,110.00
Community Legal Aid, Inc. Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Project $55,000.00
De Novo Center for Justice and HealingThe Domestic Violence Advocacy Project$36,000.00
De Novo Center for Justice and HealingThe Homelessness Prevention Project$20,000.00
De Novo Center for Justice and HealingThe Immigration Law Project$55,000.00
Dismas House of Central MassachusettsBAR None Program$18,500.00
DOVE, Inc. Legal Advocacy Program$25,000.00
Essex County Bar Association Multi-Court Pro Bono Conciliation Program$17,000.00
Essex County Bar Association Northeast Housing Court Lawyer for a Day Program$17,500.00
Essex County Bar Association Probate and Family Court Pro Bono Lawyer for the Day Program$16,000.00
Finex House, Inc. Legal Advocacy Program$20,000.00
Flaschner Judicial Institute Education Programs and Publications for Judges$155,000.00
Franklin County Bar Association FCBA Legal Assistance Program$44,500.00
Greater Boston Legal Services Affordable Housing, Shelter Access, and Foreclosure Prevention Project$47,500.00
Greater Boston Legal Services Families Work and Welfare Project (FWWP)$32,500.00
Greater Boston Legal Services Pro Bono Employment and Health Care for Low-Wage Workers' Project$42,500.00
Greater Boston Legal Services Refugees and Immigrant Protect Project (RIPP)$47,500.00
Greater Lawrence Community Action CouncilGreater Lawrence Community Action Council Immigration Services Program$5,000.00
Hampden County Bar Association Children's Law Project$60,000.00
Hampshire County Bar Association HELP & DRPC$15,000.00
Health Law Advocates, Inc. Medical Legal Partnership for Immigrants$15,000.00
Health Law Advocates, Inc. Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids-Western MA$15,000.00
Housing Families, Inc. Homelessness Prevention & Legal Services Program$25,000.00
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Domestic Violence Family Law Program$19,900.00
JRI Health Law Institute Serving the Underserved: Closer to Home$15,000.00
Justice at Work Small Claims Wage Theft Project$20,000.00
KIND, Inc. Legal Aid for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Negatively Impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic$10,000.00
Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing & Homelessness, Inc.MA Legal Clinic for the Homeless$17,500.00
Lawyers for Civil Rights - Boston Medical-Legal Partnership $10,000.00
Mabel Center for Immigrant Justice Legal Representation for the Dedicated Docket$10,000.00
Massachusetts Advocates for ChildrenChildren’s Law Support and Education Justice Project $40,000.00
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition40-Hour Immigration Law Training$10,000.00
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Mass Legal Answers Online$10,000.00
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Statewide Equity, Stability & Justice Project$48,000.00
Mediation Works Incorporated MWI Volunteer Court Program$10,000.00
MetroWest Legal Services Children's Education Advocacy Project$23,000.00
MetroWest Legal Services Domestic Violence Project$47,000.00
MetroWest Legal Services Juvenile Immigrant Relief Project$27,000.00
MetroWest Mediation Services, Inc. Court Mediation & Conciliation Services$12,500.00
Middlesex County Bar Association Pro Bono Conciliation Program$12,000.00
North Shore Community Mediation, Inc.Court and Community Mediation Program$5,500.00
Northeast Legal Aid Consumer Law Project$20,000.00
Northeast Legal Aid Domestic Violence Helpline Project$12,000.00
Northeast Legal Aid Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence Project$35,000.00
Northeast Legal Aid Lawyer for A Day Program$59,900.00
Pension Action Center, University of Massachusetts Foundation as fiscal agentPension Action Center Helpline and Case Advocacy for Older Adults$10,000.00
Pilgrim Advocates, Inc. Pilgrim Advocates, Inc. Lawyer of they Day$12,000.00
Pine Street Inn Homeless Court Program$15,000.00
Plymouth County Bar Association Plymouth County Probate & Family Court Conciliation Program$5,000.00
Political Asylum/Immigration Representation ProjectPAIR Asylum and Detention Program$100,000.00
Prisoners' Legal Services Health Equity and Brutality Project$72,500.00
Quabbin Mediation Rural Court Mediation$7,500.00
Rian Immigrant Center Immigration Legal Services$35,000.00
Safe Passage Legal Advice and Referral Panel$20,000.00
Saheli, Inc. Saheli Legal Advocacy Program$10,000.00
South Coastal Counties Legal ServicesEducation Advocacy Project$45,000.00
South Coastal Counties Legal ServicesElder Law Project$27,500.00
South Coastal Counties Legal ServicesHomelessness Prevention Project$37,000.00
South Coastal Counties Legal ServicesImmigration Law Project$65,000.00
The Second Step Steps to Justice $7,500.00
The Women's Center Legal Advocacy Program$30,000.00
Third Sector New England Family Law Project at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee$30,500.00
Veterans Legal Services, Inc. Expansion of Legal Aid Services for Massachusetts Veterans $45,354.00
Victim Rights Law Center Pro Bono Enrichment Project: Improving Services for Marginalized Survivors $5,500.00
WE CAN Legal Services, Consultations and Workshops$16,500.00
Women's Bar Foundation of Massachusetts, Inc.The Family Law Project for Domestic Abuse Survivors$15,000.00
Youth Advocacy Foundation EdLaw Project$13,500.00
YWCA of Central Massachusetts Court Advocacy (Gtr Worcester and North Central Mass) $25,000.00