The BBF has a strong history of supporting programs that advance access to legal services, improve fair administration of justice and help expand public understanding of the law. BBF grant-making revenue comes from three sources: the Massachusetts IOLTA Program, the annual John & Abigail Adams Benefit and the BBF's own funds.
The BBF Grants Committee reviews grant applications during the annual grant cycle and makes funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees for approval.
Committee members are appointed by the BBF president and come from all sectors of the legal community (private bar, corporate counsel, legal services, academia). In addition, they have:
- Substantial involvement in community service and/or pro bono activities
- Significant knowledge of and commitment to the Greater Boston legal services community
The collective knowledge and individual backgrounds of its members helps the Grants Committee to strategically direct resources and funding to areas and organizations that effectively address the greatest needs. The committee's focus spans not only unmet current need, but also emerging issues facing low-income individuals in Greater Boston.
In 2013, the BBF awarded $900,000 in grants to 28 legal services providers. Read the press release.