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The Florida Bar Foundation provides greater access to justice in Florida through strategic grantmaking and investments in assessment, training, technology and technical assistance to help grantees build capacity and operate efficiently and effectively. Its board allocates grant funds annually to the three Florida Supreme Court approved uses of funds from Florida’s Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program:
- Free Civil Legal Assistance for the Poor
- Improvements in the Administration of Justice
- Law Student Assistance (suspended due to IOTA revenue shortfall)
Revenue from Florida’s IOTA program is the chief source of support for the Foundation’s grant programs. Additional support comes from lawyers and other individuals, law firms, Florida Bar sections and divisions, foundations and corporations, and cy pres awards. Contributions from Florida lawyers to the Children’s Legal Services Campaign on the annual Florida Bar Fee Statement have become critical to sustaining the Foundation’s Children’s Legal Services grants.
Foundation grant funds are calculated from IOTA revenue, grants and donations, and investment income received in the previous 12 months, less operating expenses for the same period. Grant programs have separate Foundation committees that recommend eligibility criteria, funding policies and individual funding decisions for action by the full Foundation board.
Total Funding in Most Recent Fiscal Year
|Grant Program||2015-16 Funding|
|Free Civil Legal Assistance for the Poor (LAP)||9,501,560.00|
|Improvements in the Administration of Justice (AOJ)||1,397,058.00|
|Total Grant Funding||10,898,618.00|
For other Foundation reports and publications, visit our Reports, Policies & Manuals page.