Bar News - February 9, 2007
NH Bar Foundation Awards Justice Grants
By: Susan Noon, NHBF Program Director
On January 11, the New Hampshire Bar Foundationís board of directors approved $26,200 in Justice Grants to six non-profit organizations, a 34 percent increase in funding over last year. The grants, made possible through the Bar Foundationís endowed funds, support a variety of law-related initiatives, including new and innovative programs that address emerging issues or underserved populations.
Grants for 2007 were awarded to: Childrenís Alliance of New Hampshire in support of the FY2007 NHCAN Priorities Calendar used to promote public education on key issues that impact children and families; Franklin Pierce Law Center, Public Interest Coalition Fellowship for a law school intern to provide legal services to the disadvantaged through a New Hampshire non-profit law agency; Institute on Disability Leadership Series, an intensive seven-month program in which persons with disabilities and family members receive training to become prepared for effecting change in their personal lives and in their communities; NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to develop a brochure on mediation catered to victims of domestic violence; New Hampshire Legal Assistance received a grant to hold an educational forum in Lancaster to promote access to housing for low-income and elderly people, and a grant to provide legal training sessions to facilitate the expansion of the NH Health Law Collaborative; New Hampshire Supreme Court received a grant to set up an office for the Lawyers Assistance Program; and Voices Against Violence crisis center received a grant to support the work of a legal advocate to assist low-income, disadvantaged victims of domestic violence.
The endowed funds used for this round of grants include the: Richard P. Dunfey Fund, Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund, Stanley M. and Thalia M. Brown Fund, Vickie Bunnell Memorial Fund, Judge Richard F. Cooper Fund, J. Albert and Mildred E. Lynch Fund, A. J. McDonough Family Fund, and the Voluntary Prevention Fund.
Justice Grant recipients will be recognized at the Bar Foundation Fellows and Donors Reception on Feb. 15, 2007, 5 to 7p.m., at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire.
Attorneys, judges, and many others outside the legal profession support the Bar Foundationís mission to ensure ďmeaningful access to the justice system for all New Hampshire residents.Ē For more information on how to participate in the Bar Foundation, contact Executive Director David G. Snyder at 603-715-3255. Additional information about the Bar Foundationís endowed funds and grant programs is available online at http://www.nhbarfoundation.org/.