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MJF announces 2018 Access to Justice Grant awards

Friday, August 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The Montana Justice Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of its Access to Justice Grants. This year, MJF has awarded over $323,000 to 19 nonprofit organizations across the state – its largest grant cycle in nearly a decade. MJF’s grant programs serve ordinary Montanans: children in foster care, families struggling to make ends meet, veterans denied hard-earned benefits, seniors, and survivors escaping abusive and violent environments. They support projects that help people stay in housing, receive medical care, and get back onto a path of financial security.

Many 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, including SAFE Harbor of Ronan, Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Sanders County Coalition for Families, YWCA Billings, and HAVEN of Bozeman. 

However, the range of services provided by grantees is much broader. As many communities in Montana face alarming increases in child abuse and neglect cases, Montana Justice Foundation continues to provide funding to Court Appointed Special Advocate programs across the state to help recruit and train new volunteer advocates, ensuring that children have a voice in the legal system. This year, Montana Justice Foundation awarded grants to the CASAs in Kalispell, Hill County, Lake and Sanders County, Missoula, Great Falls, Yellowstone County, and eastern Montana.
Montana Justice Foundation also awarded grants to the mediation programs at the Community Mediation Center in Bozeman and the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Missoula, the housing discrimination program at Montana Fair Housing in Butte, and the wrongful conviction program at the Montana Innocence Project. 

Funding for 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. 

2018 Montana Justice Foundation Grant Recipients
CASA for Kids (Kalispell)
CASA of Hill County
CASA of Lake & Sanders Counties
CASA of Missoula
CASA-CAN (Great Falls)
Cascade County Law Clinic
Community Dispute Resolution Center of Missoula County
Community Mediation Center
Eastern Montana CASA GAL
Montana Coalition Against 
Domestic and Sexual Violence
Montana Fair Housing
Montana Generational Justice
Montana Innocence Project
Montana Legal Services Association
SAFE Harbor
Sanders County Coalition For Families
Yellowstone CASA
YWCA Billings