MBF IOLTA Grants Program

At the heart of the Foundation's grantmaking activities is the IOLTA Grants Program. The Foundation is one of three charitable entities in the state charged with distributing the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account (IOLTA) funds, receiving 26 percent of the aggregated interest on Massachusetts IOLTA accounts.

Through the IOLTA Grants Program, the MBF awards approximately 100 grants annually to nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts whose programs either provide civil legal services to low-income clients or improve the administration of justice. These grants enable recipients to provide critical assistance to those who have few resources to address legal issues, including domestic violence, housing, immigration status, child advocacy, family law, discrimination, and health care.

Click here to see a list of MBF IOLTA Grant Program award recipients.


Next Application Deadline: March 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m. 

Application materials for the 2017/2018 grant cycle will be posted in December 2016. 


2016/2017 Application Materials

NOTE: These are materials for the previous grant cycle.  Updated materials will be posted for the next grant cycle in December 2016.


  • 2016/2017 Grant Priorities Statement [PDF]
  • Grant Guidelines & Application Instructions [PDF]


  • 2016/2017 Proposal Summary Form   [PDF]  or [Word]
  • 2016/2017 Budget Form   [PDF] or [Excel]

NOTE: These forms are only part of the IOLTA Grant Application. Please refer to the Application Instructions for details about other components. PDF versions include form fields in which information can be typed.



  • Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
  • Guide to Completing the Proposal Summary Form [PDF



Contact the MBF at (617) 338-0534 or foundation@massbar.org.


  • All eligible programs are considered equally for support; no particular program is assured of continued funding.
  • Application format and page limits are strictly enforced.  Do not alter the format of the application forms in any way. Altered forms will not be accepted.
  • The directions and forms have been changed from the 2015/2016 application. Please read all information carefully and use the new forms.