NJWLA 2014 Grant Announcement

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

Press Release

2014 GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Issue Date:  October 4, 2013

The New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) was formed in 1981 to promote the retention and advancement of women in the legal profession. NJWLA has grown from a handful of members to more than 1,000 members. NJWLA advocates for the appointment of female judicial candidates and screens and endorses female judicial candidates. NJWLA holds numerous educational and networking events throughout the year for its members. Each spring the WILL Platinum Gala honors women from the private, public and judicial sectors of the profession who work to advance women in the legal profession.

NJWLA is currently accepting Grant Applications for programs that research, develop, and/or implement solutions, strategies and initiatives to: 1) support and promote women lawyers to the highest levels of law firm, government, academic, community and corporate positions and the judiciary; 2) engage in statewide and/or nationwide efforts designed to retain women in the legal profession, including through providing education; 3) remove barriers to women’s entry and advancement in the legal profession; 4) develop and promote women leaders, role models and mentors in the legal profession; 5) educate the legal profession and general public about gender equity concerns and issues related to the legal profession; 6) provide a voice for women, including in shaping legislation of importance to women; and 7) encourage women to attend law school.

The total amount of Grant availability will be $45,000. There is no dollar limit on the amount an organization may apply for; however, NJWLA anticipates that it will award multiple grants in 2014 from this amount.

GUIDELINES

Qualifications:

Applicants must be a nonprofit, federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization (nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies are eligible to apply). Applications must be submitted in English.

Restrictions:

* A program must be specific to the mission and purpose of NJWLA

* Salaries, if requested, must be for personnel directly related to this program only and not general work of applicant. These salaries must also be in line with nonprofit salaries and should not include a component for fringe benefits.

Agreement and Grant Period:

All grants are conditioned on Grantee’s acceptance and execution of a Grant Agreement. The Grant Cycle is February 1, 2014 through January 30, 2015.

Payments and Reporting:

Grant awards will be made in two (2) payments, if warranted. The first payment will be made upon receipt of a fully executed Grant Agreement. The second payment, if warranted, will be made after NJWLA receives and accepts the six (6) month Progress Report, which is due on July 31, 2014. A final report is also required within thirty (30) days of the completion of the Grant Cycle.

Confirmation of Receipt of Applications:

NJWLA will send email notification to the Contact Person indicated on the Grant Application confirming receipt of an application. If your application contains very minor compliance deficiencies, you may be notified and asked to correct the deficiencies in a prescribed timeframe.

Announcement of Grant Awards:

The NJWLA will announce the grant awards by February 2014. All recipients will receive written notification. Applicants that are awarded funding will be featured in the Gala Program for the 2014 NJWLA WILL Platinum Gala. Grant recipients are strongly recommended to attend the 2015 NJWLA WILL Platinum Gala as guests of the Association, and, if requested, provide a summary of grant outcomes.

2014 Grant Application

2014 Grant Agreement

PLEASE SUBMIT THE COMPLETED GRANT APPLICATION ELECTRONICALLY

IN PDF FORMAT to cskinner@njwla.org AND ONE PAPER ORIGINAL to

Colleen Skinner, Executive Director

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

633 Franklin Avenue, PMB #118

Nutley, NJ 07110.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY

5:00 P.M. on DECEMBER 6, 2013.

Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered for funding.

About New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

Our mission is to retain women in the legal profession through education and activism, to promote our members to the highest levels of law firm, government, academic, community and corporate positions and to endorse qualified female attorneys for appointments to the state and federal judiciary. NJWLA will foster leadership among its members by promoting professional activities, mentoring, educational programs and networking functions. NJWLA will create task forces to study and advise our membership on gender equity challenges and other issues unique to women in the profession, including “glass ceiling,” “maternal wall,” “daughter track”, pregnancy, caregiver discrimination, and sexual harassment as well as on additional racial and ethnic barriers that women of color in the legal profession face. NJWLA will be the voice on all issues of importance to women engaged in the practice of law in the state of New Jersey.

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