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Organizations to Increase Access to Justice

WisTAF Direct Legal Services Grant Program

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Funding Source:

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Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF)

Deadline Date:

08/05/22 Midnight

Description:

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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations and legal assistance organizations to provide legal services to low-income individuals. The goal of the program is to increase access to justice for residents throughout the state. Funding is intended for projects with charitable purposes.

Several different funding sources fall within the Direct Legal Services (“Foundation”) Grants Program:

  • IOLTA Category I (direct civil legal services). IOLTA Category I grants must be used for the provision of direct civil legal services to the poor. Examples of direct civil service law program areas include, but are not limited to, family law, housing, health, disability, bankruptcy, W2 and welfare, and immigration.
  • IOLTA Category II (public benefit projects). IOLTA Category II grant applicants must provide, plan to provide, or cause to be provided a program or project exclusively for the public benefit that has been approved by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Examples of project areas include, but are not limited to, law-related education and the administration of justice.
  • Public Interest Legal Services Fund (PILSF).  The Wisconsin Supreme Court established the Public Interest Legal Services Fund (PILSF) in response to the state’s growing need for civil legal services and to supplement IOLTA funding with a more stable revenue source.  PILSF grants must be used for the express and exclusive purpose of supporting the direct delivery of civil legal services to low-income people.
  • Pro Hac Vice: Pro Hac Vice funding must be used for the provision of direct civil legal services to the poor. Examples of direct civil service law program areas include, but are not limited to, family law, housing, health, disability, bankruptcy, W2 and welfare, and immigration.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186455

Term of Contract:

For funding covering the period from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive Category I IOLTA funds, an applicant must:
1. Provide, plan to provide or cause to be provided civil legal assistance to financially-eligible clients or client groups; and
2. Either be a civil legal assistance organization or be an organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) exempt organization; or
3. Otherwise demonstrate the charitable purpose of the applicant organization and project.

To be eligible to receive Category II IOLTA funds from WisTAF, an applicant must:
1. Provide, plan to provide, or cause to be provided a law-related program or project exclusively for the public benefit, which has been approved by the Wisconsin Supreme Court; and
2. Either be a civil legal assistance organization or be an organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) exempt organization; or
3. Otherwise demonstrate the charitable purpose of the applicant organization and project.

To be eligible to receive PILSF funds, an applicant must:
1. Expressly and exclusively provide direct civil legal services to financially-eligible clients or client groups; and
2. Either be a civil legal assistance organization or be an organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) exempt organization; or
3. Otherwise demonstrate the charitable purpose of the applicant organization and project.

WisTAF generally will not make grants to/for:
- Individual persons;
- Support religious activities;
- Political campaigns or organizations designed primarily for lobbying;
- Agencies of local, state or federal government; or
- Non-civil legal services.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be submitted to WisTAF no later than August 5, 2022, by midnight to be eligible for funding consideration.

Completed application materials are reviewed and discussed by members of the Grants/Evaluation Committee, which is responsible for making grant recommendations to the WisTAF Board at its nearest scheduled board meeting (October for Direct Legal Services).

Grants: https://www.wistaf.org/wistaf/Grants_7

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://wisconsintrustaccountfoundation.submittable.com/login?returnUrl=%2Fsubmit%2F231099%2F2023-wistaf-direct-legal-services-grant-application

If you have any questions regarding the application materials, grant process, or how to use the Submittable portal, please feel free to contact Program Manager, Carlos Arenas, at carenas@wistaf.org

Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation
4600 American Parkway, Suite 104, Madison, WI 53718
Phone: 608.257.6845 or 877.749.5045 (toll-free)
Email: service@wistaf.org

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