Tennessee Legal Initiatives Fund

This new grant program, Tennessee Legal Initiatives Fund (TLIF), will accept applications for one-time awards of up to $100,000, to pilot new initiatives.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About TLIF

Since 1988, the Tennessee Bar Foundation (TBF) IOLTA program has awarded grants primarily to organizations that provide direct legal services to the indigent and to organizations that seek to improve the administration of justice.

An extraordinary, one-time, financial opportunity (separate from IOLTA) now allows the TBF to take its support of work within the legal community to a new level.

This new grant program, Tennessee Legal Initiatives Fund (TLIF), will accept applications for one-time awards of up to $100,000, to pilot new initiatives. Successful projects, which may be located across the state, will encourage and support organizations and partnerships that provide (or plan to provide) innovative, system-change approaches to the civil legal challenges faced by Tennessee’s most vulnerable residents.

The first round of grants will distribute a total of $1M to these pioneering organizations and collaborations so they may carry out these new approaches. Based on the success of these pilots, further funding will be provided during the second phase of the program, which will distribute approximately $7M more over five years.

Additional information is provided in the FAQ section to the left. To review the application, create an account to receive updates, and to begin the application process, visit the online grant application portal HERE.

The application deadline is January 31, 2019. Grant award decisions will be made by May 31, 2019.

ALL inquiries must be directed to tlif@tnbarfoundation.org.