Children’s Legal Services Grants Program

The Florida Bar Foundation’s Children’s Legal Services Grants Program.

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Overview

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In the early 1990s, the Foundation began a grant program specifically to address the legal needs of children.

The mission of the Florida Bar Foundation’s Children’s Legal Services Initiative is to provide legal assistance to needy children in critical areas which affect their safety, well being and future development. This mission is promoted through an annual competitive grant program centering on, but not limited to, legal assistance to foster care children, children seeking and in need of health benefits and children needing special educational assistance. In addition to funds from Florida’s Interest on Trust Accounts program, this grant program is supported by annual contributions from Florida lawyers and other contributions to the Foundation. Such contributions add significantly to the IOTA resources committed to this grant program.

The Children’s Legal Services Initiative provides grants to children’s legal services programs throughout Florida, both statewide and local. Through this grant program, the Foundation also seeks to engage private volunteer attorneys in the provision of legal assistance to needy children by the funding of pro bono programs. The funding criteria established by the Foundation for these grants are designed to encourage local matching funds and collaboration with other agencies providing services to children and among children’s legal services grantees.

Grant applications are available each January with grant decisions in March.

Current Children’s Legal Services Grants

For more information contact Kate York.