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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits to Promote Equal Access to Justice for Residents in Eligible Areas

Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF) Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Hennepin County

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/12/24 11:59 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations to promote equal access to justice for residents in eligible locations. Funding may be requested for general operating support as well as for specific projects. The goal of this grants program is to enhance the quality of people’s lives through the law, elevate the public’s connection to the legal system, and 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. Serving as the charitable arm of the Hennepin County Bar Association, 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.


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 Bar Foundation considers grants once a year. Submissions for the 2023-2024 grant cycle opens January 8, 2024, and closes February 12, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Grant Guidelines:

About the Foundation:

Contact Information
Apply online (from January 8th):

Direct questions to Erikka Ryan, Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Foundations, at or 612-278-6321.

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

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