IOLTA Grant Information

IOLTA funds are distributed once a year through a competitive grant process to qualified non-profit organizations that meet the Idaho Law Foundation’s funding guidelines. Since the inception of Idaho’s IOLTA program in 1982, over $5,000,000 has been distributed to programs and scholarships benefitting the public.

For more information about IOLTA grants, contact Lindsey Peterson at (208) 334-4500.


IOLTA Grantees Changing the World

As one of our four grant priorities, IOLTA funds scholarships and student loans. Thanks to IOLTA fellowships, University of Idaho law students  are able to pass up paid summer internships to serve the less fortunate in Idaho and beyond. These dedicated students assist refugees, educate teens about domestic violence, and provide legal advice for those who can least afford it.

IOLTA fellowships help ease the financial burden for these students, allowing them to follow their passions for public interest law.



Funding Guidelines

IOLTA Grant ExpendituresIOLTA funds can only be used toprovide funding for the following purposes:

  • To provide legal services to the poor;
  • To provide law-related education programs for the public;
  • To provide scholarships and student loans; and
  • To improve the administration of justice.


Grant Applications

Due to the decline in interest rates, IOLTA income has decreased dramatically over the last several grant cycles. Faced with another decrease in funding for the 2015 grant cycle, the Idaho Law Foundation Board of Directors decided to limit the organizations for which it would accept 2015 grant applications. If your organization has not received a grant packet, the IOLTA program will not be able to accept an application from you this year.

The Law Foundation regrets that it cannot accommodate more grant applications for the 2015 grant year. As interest rates increase, IOLTA income should also rise, increasing the funds available for grants in future years.

2014 Grant Recipients

Program Grant Description
Idaho Legal Aid Services Domestic Violence Project For civil legal assistance to low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Funds will be allocated among ILAS offices for client representation, including protection orders, divorce, custody, modifications, wrongful evictions, and other legal actions.
Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program For general support of of Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program, which provides legal services to Idaho’s poor through referral of appropriate civil cases to volunteer attorneys statewide.

Law Related Education

For support of democracy education for young people.  Program components include a statewide mock trial competition for high school students, teacher training, resource materials, Lawyers in the Classroom, and Citizens’ Law Academy.
Treasure Valley YMCA Youth Government Program For scholoarship funds for youth who otherwise would not be able to attend the annual statewide model legislative and judicial session for high school students.
Idaho State 4-H Know Your Own Government Project

For general support of the Idaho State 4-H Know Your Government Conference which provides 8th and 9th grade Idaho 4-H members an opportunity to participate in a mock legislative session and learn about the Idaho judicial system.

University of Idaho College of Law To award Public Interest Fellowships to encourage students to, and reward them for, taking unpaid summer positions that serve the public interest.