December 1, 2016
Contact: N. Tré Critelli, Office of Professional Regulation
IOLTA Grant Applications
Des Moines, December 1, 2016 — The Iowa Supreme Court Lawyer Trust
Account Commission (Commission) is accepting applications for grants under the
Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) program for the grant period that
begins July 1, 2017. IOLTA program grants are awarded to public purpose
projects that provide legal services to low-income persons in civil cases,
law-related education, and other programs that improve the administration of
justice in Iowa.
Under the provisions of chapter 44 of the Iowa Court Rules,
applicants must file one copy of their application in paper form, and one copy
of their application in electronic form. Organizations may obtain a copy of the
rules and grant application forms (paper and electronic) by contacting the
Lawyer Trust Account Commission, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court
Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, by calling (515) 725-8029, or by sending
electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application forms also may be downloaded from the Commission's web page on the
Iowa Judicial Branch web site:
The Commission must receive completed grant applications no later
than 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2017. The Commission will review the applications
and seek approval from the Iowa Supreme Court for awarding the grants. Grant
recipients will be announced in late May or early June of 2017.
The Iowa Supreme Court created the Lawyer Trust Account Commission
to help support legal services to low-income persons in civil cases using the
interest from lawyers' pooled trust accounts. The lawyers' pooled trust
accounts hold clients' funds that are so small in amount or held for such a
brief period that it is not possible for the funds to economically benefit the
individual clients. Previously, attorneys' trust accounts earned no interest.
The first grants awarded under the IOLTA program were made in June, 1986. To
date, the Commission has awarded more than $24 million in grants.
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Moines, IA 50319