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MJF announces $241K in Access to Justice Grants


Montana Justice Foundation and CASA: A powerful partnership for Montana kids


The Montana Justice Foundation is proud to announce the 2021-2022 recipients of our Access to Justice Grants. This past year, MJF made new awards totaling $241,500 to 15 nonprofit organizations across the state. Our grant programs serve ordinary Montanans: children in foster care, families working to make ends meet, veterans denied hard-earned benefits, seniors, and survivors escaping abusive and violent environments. We support projects that help people stay in stable housing, receive medical care, and get back onto a path of safety and financial security.
Many of our grantee organizations provide direct legal representation, such as Montana Legal Services Association, Cascade County Law Clinic, and programs that serve survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, such as SAFE Harbor of Ronan and the YWCAs in Billings and Missoula. However, the range of services provided by our grantees includes so much more. Montana Justice Foundation grants went to the mediation programs at the Billings Mediation Center and the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Missoula, the housing discrimination program at Montana Fair Housing in Butte, and the Montana Innocence Project’s wrongful conviction program. MJF also awarded a grant to the International Rescue Committee in Missoula, allowing them to continue providing low- and no-fee immigration services to refugees, asylees, and immigrants throughout the state. And as Montana continues to grapple with the pandemic recovery – and many communities face alarming increases in child abuse and neglect cases, in particular – Montana Justice Foundation continues to provide funding to Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs to ensure that children have a voice as they navigate the legal system. [See Montana Justice Foundation and CASA: Powerful Partnership for Children starting on page 12] 
Funding for our Access to Justice Grants is made possible through the generous support of our donors and the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program. MJF is grateful to attorneys for maintaining their IOLTA accounts, which helps us provide funding to impactful legal aid programs across our state. 

MJF Grant Recipients
The following organizations have received Montana Justice Foundation Access to Justice Grants.

Organization Award
Montana Legal Services Association $172,500 
Montana Legal Services Association Eviction Data Project $6,000
Cascade County Law Clinic $4,875 
SAFE Harbor $5,000 
YWCA of Billings $5,625 
YWCA of Missoula $2,000
Community Dispute Resolution Center of Missoula County $4,000 
Billings Mediation Center $3,500 
Montana Fair Housing $5,500 
Montana Innocence Project $3,000 
International Rescue Committee of Missoula $3,000 
CASA of Yellowstone County $5,000 
CASA of Lake & Sanders Counties $4,500 
CASA for Kids $4,500 
CASA of Missoula $3,000 
Eastern Montana CASA GAL $9,500 
Total $241,500