IOLTA Grant Application

The Nevada Bar Foundation (NBF) is responsible for the distribution of funding provided by the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program. Pursuant to SCR 216, substantially, all IOLTA funds are granted to organizations that provide legally related services to the poor, to victims of domestic violence and to children protected by or in need of protection of the juvenile court.

Please Note: The IOLTA grant application has changed.

  • If you have applied for an IOLTA grant previously, please review the revised application prior to beginning.
  • You will be asked to indicate if requested funds will be used for program expenses, salaries, operational expenses, or “other” and provide an associated budget. You may use this Excel spreadsheet to enter budget items and attach it to the application, or enter budget detail directly into the application.

Selection Criteria

The NBF makes maximum use of IOLTA funds and has adopted the following guidelines for its consideration of grant requests. In making its selections, the following criteria will be taken into account:

  • The NBF shall make grants available to organizations rather than individuals.
  • Grants involving matching funds, or other types of arrangements to leverage grant funds, are favored.
  • A single organization may apply for more than one grant for special projects administered by that organization.
  • Weight will be given to organizations with a prior history of successfully rendering quality service.
  • Preference will be given to organizations with evidence of community support.

Excluded Use of Funds

No funds will be granted to provide:

  • Contributions to or be made available to any political party or association of the campaign of any candidate for public office.
  • Fund raising benefits or mass appeal solicitations.
  • Additions to endowments.
  • Projects outside the State of Nevada.

Grant Process

The NBF Board of Trustees will annually consider grant requests. The Nevada Bar Foundation may contact applicants for additional information if needed and will present applications to the NBF Board of Trustees for approval. The NBF reserves the right to deny applications with or without prejudice. Grants are awarded at the sole discretion of the NBF Board of Trustees.

  • Application Deadline: January 2025
  • NBF Consideration: February 2025
  • Grant Distribution: March 2025

Prior to beginning, please be sure to have the following documents available in PDF; you will be asked to upload them with your application as a final step prior to submission.

  • A list of your organization’s Board of Directors, including name, phone number and email address.
  • A copy of your organization’s Form 990 tax returns for the past year.
  • A copy of your organization’s IRS determination letter. If not a tax exempt organization, please attach an explanation of the IRS status.