FFLA to distribute $33.8 million in IOTA funds to 35 legal aid organizations

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On Dec. 8, 2023, the board of directors of FFLA approved the distribution of $33,870,910 of Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) funds to 35 Florida legal aid organizations. FFLA is the designated administrator of Florida’s Interest on Trust Accounts program. Under Bar Rule 5.1-1(g), FFLA distributes no less than 85% of IOTA funds collected in its fiscal year no later than six months after the end of its fiscal year. FFLA’s fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30.

“FFLA is pleased to announce that our grantees will benefit greatly from IOTA funding that has grown to four times more than last year’s funding under the 2023 amended IOTA rule,” Murray Silverstein, FFLA president, said. “These IOTA grants will enable qualified legal aid providers to serve more clients, pay their legal aid staff salaries commensurate with their experience and increase the availability of pro bono lawyers.”

FFLA collected $45,547,391 in IOTA collections during fiscal year 2022-23, its second year after the 2021 Bar rule amendment. $355,848 in accrued interest was added to the collections. In October, $3,687,158 of IOTA funds were distributed to 20 qualified grantee organizations for pro bono support and enhancement. An additional $712,162 was used for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, and $800,900 was used to partially fund Children’s Legal Services grants.

A list of grantees and grant amounts is below.

Qualified Grantee OrganizationGrant Amount
Americans for Immigrant Justice$2,428,340
Bay Area Legal Services$2,489,072
Brevard County Legal Aid$510,335
Catholic Legal Services$1,462,707
Coast to Coast Legal Aid$639,806
Community Justice Project$313,888
Community Law Program$339,111
Community Legal Services$2,832,356
CABA Pro Bono$564,998
Dade Legal Aid$988,747
Florida Health Justice Project$506,784
Florida Justice Institute$380,088
Florida Legal Services$1,647,048
Florida Rural Legal Services$1,564,527
Florida’s Children First$190,044
Gulfcoast Legal Services$1,424,264
Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society$239,468
Innocence Project of Florida$253,392
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid$1,895,816
Lawyers for Children America$253,392
Lee County Legal Aid Society$319,291
Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee$41,880
Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association$2,168,922
Legal Aid Service of Broward County$2,010,817
Legal Aid Service of Collier County$478,937
Legal Aid of Manasota$296,722
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County$2,586,259
Legal Services of Greater Miami$929,108
Legal Services of North Florida$1,574,704
Emerald Coast Legal Aid$335,043
Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society$510,335
Southern Legal Counsel$506,784
St. Michael’s Legal Center for Women and Children$169,555
Three Rivers Legal Services$764,978