IOLA Trustees Approve $8 Million in Grants for 2004

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

  • IOLA Fund of New York State

At its meeting on December 10, 2003 in New York City, the Board of Trustees of the IOLA Fund approved $8 million in grants for the provision of free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers.

The amount awarded represented a 5.9% decline from the previous year in which the Fund awarded $8.5 million. Beginning in 2002, the Fund advised its grantees to expect the Fund to have a significantly lower grantmaking capacity for the foreseeable future due to lower interest rates. The Fund provided $12.4 million in grants during 2002 and $13.4 million in 2001.

Executive Director Lorna Blake said: "IOLA is very aware that overall funding for legal services in New York has never been more limited. However, IOLA's income is very interest-rate sensitive and we hope that the economy has reached the point where interest rates will begin to improve and will lift the Fund's future revenues."

Meanwhile, the Fund continues to seek ways to increase revenue - as it has successfully done in the past.

The Fund provides grants in two categories: Civil Legal Services and Administration of Justice. For 2004, no new proposals were funded in either category. IOLA funds are used by non-profit grantees to provide free legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers in civil matters involving family law, housing, and public benefits, among others.

The legislature created the IOLA program in 1983. The Fund is administered by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor. It enables interest to be earned on short term or nominal deposits held in a lawyer's pooled client trust account, with the interest remitted directly by the financial institution to the Fund for distribution in grants to qualified programs. Under the law, New York attorneys in private practice who hold qualified funds are required to participate in the IOLA program.

The grantees for 2004 are as follows:

Civil Legal Services Grantees

Albany County Bar Association
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Brooklyn County Bar Association
Erie County Bar Association
Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Lawyers Alliance For New York
Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo
Legal Aid of Western New York
Legal Aid Society (NYC)
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Legal Aid Society of Rochester
Legal Aid Society of Rockland County
Legal Services for New York City
Legal Services of Central New York
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee
Neighborhood Legal Services
New York County Lawyers' Association
New York Legal Assistance Group
Niagara County Legal Aid Society
North Country Legal Services
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp.
Oak Orchard Legal Services
Onondaga County Bar Association
Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Partnership
Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project
Rural Law Center of New York
Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County
Volunteers of Legal Services
Westchester / Putnam Legal Services
Western New York Law Center

Administration of Justice Grantees

Advocacy Center
Center for Disability Advocacy Rights
Disability Advocates
Farmworkers Legal Services
Greater Upstate Law Project
InMotion's Cross Borough Collaboration
International Institute Of Buffalo
LAW HELP Consortium
Legal Aid Society (NYC)
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Legal Aid Society of Rochester
Legal Services for Children
Legal Services for New York City
Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western NY
Long Island Advocacy Center
My Sister's Place
New York Community Trust
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
New York Legal Assistance Group
New York State CASA Association
New York State Dispute Resolution Assn.
Partnership for the Homeless
Safe Horizons & Sanctuary for Families
Sanctuary for Families
The Door
Volunteer Legal Service Project of Monroe County