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 the 2019-2020 MBF IOLTA Grant Program award recipients.


Please note:

The deadline for this year’s (2019/2020) IOLTA Grants Program has passed. Our next submission date will be March 6, 2020.


2019/2020 Application Materials

Note: Materials for the 2020/2021 grant cycle will be posted in December 2019.

Information session on the application process - Feb. 6, at 2 pm, at the Mass. Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston
Please RSVP to foundation@massbar.org if you would like to attend.


  • 2019/2020 Grant Priorities Statement [PDF]

  • Grant Guidelines & Application Instructions [PDF]


  • 2019/2020 Proposal Summary Form [PDF] or [Word]

  • 2019/2020 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 2018/2019 application. Please read all information carefully and use the new forms.