Contact: Brandon J.
April 8, 2008
THE NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL GRANT AWARDS
At its most recent meeting, the
Board of Directors of The New York Bar Foundation awarded grants in the
aggregate of $304,333 to nonprofit and other organizations
Foundation president John R. Horan
said, “We are pleased to support law-related projects that will
benefit individuals and families throughout our communities
The grantees include:
· Bronx –
· Brooklyn – Brooklyn
Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project;
· New York – Brennan Center for Justice; The Legal Aid Society; Legal Services for New York City; Lenox Hill Neighborhood House; National Center for Law and Economic Justice; New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.; New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; The Family Center; Urban Justice Center; Women’s Prison Association
The grants continue the Foundation’s tradition of supporting charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession.
Four grants will have funds directed
Richard J. Bartlett Fund, the purpose of which
is to provide funding to improve legal services to the indigent. The
grant to The Legal Aid Society of
New York City will be used for
its Section 8 Affordable Housing Project, which will focus on litigation and legislation that will
benefit thousands of low-income individuals and families
Funding for two grants has been directed from The John R. Dunne Fund, which provides for legal services to families and children of indigent prisoners. The Women’s Prison Association will use the grant for its Law Project to assist women involved in the criminal justice system with issues concerning child custody, domestic violence, housing, benefits and employment. The grant for the Bronx Defenders will be used for its Reentry Net Program, an online resource that provides advocates with training and resources needed to help families through the reentry process.
The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York will conduct a summer fellowship for a minority law student to assist the organization in representing tenants in local landlord-tenant courts. The grant award for the fellowship was directed from The Real Property Law Section Minority Fellowship Fund.
Grants to support Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics were awarded to Rural Opportunities, Inc. and South Brooklyn Legal Services from The Tax Section Fund. The clinics provide representation for low-income taxpayers with matters relating to taxes including audit, appeals, and collection issues.
Funding for the grant to the Student Loan Assistance for the Public Interest (SLAPI) Program of the New York State Bar Association was directed from The Foundation’s SLAPI Fund. The program provides financial assistance to attorneys working in legal services organizations to help pay down their student loans.
The Board of Directors reviews grant proposals twice a year; its next deadline for grant applications is October 15, 2008. Application forms can be accessed through The Foundation’s Web site at www.tnybf.org.
For more information about The New
York Bar Foundation, contact Rosanne Van Heertum, director of
development, The New York Bar Foundation,