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Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF) Grant

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Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF)

Deadline Date:

04/01/22 End of Day


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations to promote equal access to justice for local residents in eligible locations. Funding may be requested for general operating support as well as for specific projects. The goal of funding is to enhance the quality of people’s lives through the law, to elevate the public’s connection to the legal system, and to facilitate the delivery of legal services. Programs and projects funded by the HCBF must be delivered in Hennepin County and benefit the Hennepin County community.

Since 1968, the Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF) has made a positive impact on the community by funding legal projects and organizations that support those in need throughout Hennepin County. The Foundation was established with the express purpose of providing financial assistance to individuals, organizations, and projects related to the law and the legal system. The mission of the HCBF is: promoting access to justice for the people of Hennepin County.

The Foundation is specifically focused on efforts that serve individuals and families who face barriers in gaining access to justice, including those who are low income, and those who do not qualify for pro bono assistance but are unable to afford legal services.

Funding Strategy: The HCBF is focused on ensuring that its community grant giving has a meaningful impact in Hennepin County for those who have difficulty gaining access to justice. Funding provided is intended to represent a substantial portion of a proposed program budget.

Programs must engage in at least one of the following activities in Hennepin County:

  • Provide legal services to individuals of limited resources;
  • Educate the public about the legal system; and,
  • Contribute to the improvement of the legal system and the administration of justice.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164239

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations that provide legal programs and/or services in Hennepin County, Minnesota are eligible for funding.

Organizations can be located outside of Hennepin County, but the program or project funded by the HCBF must be delivered in Hennepin County and benefit the Hennepin County community.

A small grant request within a large budget, or requests from very large organizations, may be less likely to be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

- The 2021-2022 grant application has been extended and is due by end of day Friday, April 1, 2022.
- Applications submitted by the March deadline will be reviewed in March and April and final approval will be made by the HCBF board of directors in May.
- Applicants will be informed of the board’s decision in late May, by email.
- Funds will be distributed to grantee organizations in June.

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

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For questions about the application process or timeline, or foundation priorities, please contact Erikka Ryan at or 612-278-6321.

Hennepin County Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall, #390
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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