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Bar News - September 16, 2015

NH Bar Foundation: Justice Grants to Fund NH Projects in 2016

The NH Bar Foundation is seeking applicants for Justice Grants, a program in which the foundation awards small grants to fund projects that encourage innovation in the administration of justice, provide community education about the law, and improve access to the legal system.

About $60,000 in grants will be available for the grant period starting Jan. 1, 2016. The Bar Foundation sets the amount available funds based on the interest earned on donor-created Justice Funds, which are managed by the NH Charitable Foundation.

In the past, the Justice Grants program has awarded funding annually. Nine Justice Grants totaling $41,200 were awarded in 2014. Last fall, however, the NH Bar Foundation board decided to convert the program from making annual grants to “not more than every two years,” in an effort to build on the program’s impact and to make it more efficient.

Justice Grant applications will be accepted from New Hampshire nonprofit organizations and/or programs that:

  • Envision new ways to create equal justice for all people;
  • Develop concrete innovations in the delivery of legal services, court operations, legal education or in other justice-related areas;
  • Address legal needs or projects that are important in a democratic society but that may go against public or political sentiment;
  • Bring together diverse resources and people to find solutions to justice-related problems; and
  • Build public confidence in the justice system.

Justice Grants are generally awarded for start-up costs, planning and research, or for funding to help stabilize new programs, but not for ongoing operational support.

The funding must be used between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. Justice Grants are funded by donor-supported Justice Funds; some of which are broad in scope and other have specific, designated purposes.

NOTE: All applications must be received by NH Bar Foundation no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, October 16, 2015.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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