Legal Aid Grants

Grant applications
Applications for 2017 IOLTA/EAF funding are now available online. See a sample application, guidelines and contact information for the Legal Services Trust Fund Program. Deadline is July 1, 2016.

The Legal Services Trust Fund Program of The State Bar of California makes grants to nonprofit organizations that provide free civil legal services to low-income Californians.

Sources of Funding:

These funds are allocated among approximately 100 nonprofit organizations in California each grant year. The 2015-16 grant recipients are also listed on the State Bar website.

Nonprofit corporations that provide free civil legal services to low-income Californians as their principal purpose and function can qualify to receive grants through the Trust Fund Program as Legal Services Projects.

Nonprofits that provide significant levels of legal technical assistance, legal training, or advocacy support to eligible Legal Services Projects can qualify as Support Centers, if these constitute their principal activities.

For more information on eligibility for IOLTA funding, see the application page for the state Business and Professions Code, the State Bar Rules and the Program Eligibility Guidelines.

For questions, call 415-538-2252 or e-mail