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Austin Bar Foundation Grants

The Austin Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Austin Bar Association and Austin legal community, and in partnership with the Austin Bar Association, strives to support and expand the provision of legal-related charitable and educational programs and services in Central Texas.

The Austin Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for grant proposals. Click here for the Grant Guidelines and Proposal Requirements and Grant Application Form

Applications must be sent to ABF no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 2, 2012. One copy of the application and attachments should be sent by mail to 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701, OR e-mail (in PDF format) to If submitting via e-mail, please request a return receipt. Applicants will be informed of the results of their grant application on or before May 15, 2012.

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Important Documents to Keep Handy

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid has developed a checklist of documents to keep easily accessible in case of emergency. Click here for the list.

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Help Legal Aid Through Texas IOLTA Program Prime Partners and Eligible Institutions

Per Supreme Court of Texas rules, Texas attorneys are required to place their Interest on Lawyers  Trust Accounts (IOLTA) in financial institutions which pay interest rates on IOLTA comparable to rates paid on similarly situated accounts. The State Bar of Texas passed a resolution to urge support of the Prime Partner program in January 2011.

Prime Partners are financial institutions that go above and beyond eligibility requirements to foster the IOLTA Program. These institutions pay, net of allowable reasonable fees, the higher of 1) 75.00% or more of the Fed Funds Target Rate; or 2) a minimum of 1.00% on IOLTA accounts. They are committed to ensuring the success of the IOLTA program and increased funding for legal aid.

You can help by banking with a Prime Partners bank: Click here for a pdf of all institutions currently eligible to hold IOLTA accounts.

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