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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Legal Aid
and Programs Related to Law

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations for legal aid services and other activities related to the legal and justice systems. Grants may be used for a specific project or for general operating expenses. Eligible project areas include law-related education, continuing legal education, scholarship or fellowship, public interest legal work, legal assistance to the disadvantaged, and improvement of the administration of justice.


  • The Foundation has been interested in the past and continues to be interested in programs of law-related education for students and adults, including, where appropriate, publications, workshops, and related programs.
  • The Foundation seeks to encourage and promote legal assistance to the poor and disadvantaged groups.
  • The Foundation seeks to support and to promote programs and projects having as their purpose the improvement of the administration of justice. Providing information to the public so that it might better understand the Courts and legal processes is included within this purpose.
  • The Foundation will give consideration to projects and programs supporting or promoting public interest legal work.
  • The Foundation will, in allocating its funds, attempt to maintain a proper balance between:
    • those new and innovative programs which may be of an experimental nature and that need assistance in the form of "seed money"; and
    • those projects of special concern to lawyers that are of a continuing nature and need periodic contributions to their operating budgets.
  • The Foundation does not preclude itself from awarding grants for scholarships and fellowships, but it will strive to make such grants primarily under such circumstances that will promote the general public welfare rather than the personal benefit of the individual donees.
  • Since Continuing Legal Education Programs for lawyers are, in general, well supported by tuition charges, the Foundation feels obligated to consider support only for such Continuing Legal Education Programs that may be of an experimental nature or of general interest to the entire membership of the Bar and are not self-supporting.

Please read the mission statement to determine if your project falls within its scope:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142534

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grant amounts range from $500 to $3,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

First-time grant applicants must provide the IRS statement of nonprofit status.

If the grant application proposes a cooperative venture or partnership with another organization, the applicant must include a letter of support from the other organization.

The Foundation does not provide funds to be used for propaganda or lobbying activities.

Pre-Application Information:

The Bar Foundation considers grants once a year. Submission deadline is Friday, January 15 for a March grant review meeting.

The Bar Foundation prefers to have grant applications, along with all of the required attachments, submitted by email. If that is not feasible, they may be submitted by postal mail.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications and questions to Amanda Idinge, MSBF Foundations Coordinator, at

Amanda Idinge
Minnesota State Bar Foundation
600 Nicollet Mall #380
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-752-6614

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