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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: 03/06/23 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.

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.

Proposals submitted to the Hennepin County Bar Foundation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The impact of the proposal on promoting equal access to justice.
  • The impact on Hennepin County residents.
  • The availability of funding from other sources, if additional funding is needed for the program.
  • The organization’s overall financial health.
  • Whether the Foundation grant will have a material impact on the organization’s operating budget and/or project budget.


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

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 Hennepin County Bar Foundation operates on an annual grant-distribution cycle. The 2022-2023 grant application is due Monday, March 6, 2023. You can also apply for the Minnesota State Bar Foundation (MSBF) and Ramsey County Bar Foundation (RCBF) grants in the same application.

If you are applying for a grant from more than one bar foundation at the same time, you only need to complete this form one time (if you wish to apply to all 3 at once, you will need to do so by February 21st).

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Questions regarding the HCBF's grant-making and application process should be directed to Erikka Ryan at or 612-278-6321.

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