The Foundation announces awards totaling $500,000 to be paid during 2021 to 21 organizations located across Tennessee.  In accordance with the Supreme Court’s Order, all recipients provide either direct civil legal service to indigent clients or work to improve the administration of justice.


Each organization’s application for IOLTA funds was evaluated by the Foundation’s Grant Review Committee.  The Committee consists of 11 lawyers and judges, serving staggered, three-year terms, selected to serve by nine, state-wide “practicing bar” organizations.  By relying on those organizations to provide membership, the Committee is insured of a diverse group of practitioners.  The Committee makes a comprehensive recommendation to the Foundation’s 12-member Board of Trustees, who make the final grant decisions.


The 2021 awards bring the total IOLTA funds granted since 1988 to $23,390,000.  The list of recipients is available by clicking here.