The Foundation has awarded grants for the past decade. Examples of projects recently funded by the Foundation include:
- Shelters and other legal assistance for victims of domestic violence
- Recommendations regarding important issues in matrimonial law, such as representation of children and custody issues
- Education of judges, attorneys and related professionals about family law issues through symposia and other means
- Promotion of free and low-cost family law representation and mental health services for indigent clients, with special emphasis on abused spouses and children
- Scholarships for law students in family law and training of young family law attorneys
- Programs in schools and courts to help children deal with the effects of divorce
How to Apply for Grants
- Marriage enrichment programs to help prevent divorce
The applicant must be providing programs or activities related to family enrichment or family law to be eligible to receive funds from the Foundation.
An applicant must also meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
- Be an organization that has a current letter from the IRS that says the organization qualifies as an exempt organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or
- Be able to demonstrate that the proposed project for which the funds will be used qualifies as an activity in which a Section 501 (c)(3) organization is permitted to engage, or
- Be individuals who provide research and/or education involving issues pertinent to family law
Application Process Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than July 15 of the year in which the application is submitted. An original application, signed by the properly authorized officials, must be returned along with 19 copies to the Foundation.
The application must: (1) respond to all questions set forth in the “Project Narrative” and (2) contain all data required by the application, or it may be deemed incomplete and ineligible for consideration. The applicant is encouraged to provide as much detail as appropriate to assist the board of directors of the Foundation in making grant decisions.
To receive a grant application print one here, or contact:
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation
150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1420
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Tel: 312. 263.6477
The Foundation will give priority to projects which are either initiated and completed within the grant year or which receive funding from other sources after the Foundation provides the initial start-up funds.
Grants awarded will not exceed $5,000 annually, although this may vary based on contributions to the Foundation in a given year. Grant monies are ordinarily distributed to applicants in October of each year.