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2020 Hennepin County Bar Foundation Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Legal Services to
Benefit Disadvantaged Residents in Eligible Regions

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Foundation / Corporation

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Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF)

Deadline Date:

03/02/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations for programs and services related to the legal justice system in eligible regions. Funding is intended to support programs that reduce barriers to individuals with limited resources, strive to improve the legal system and the administration of justice, and educate the public about the legal system. Projects should benefit Hennepin County residents.

The Foundation seeks to improve 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. 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.

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 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.

Funds may be awarded for specific projects or general operating funds. However, the HCBF board of directors suggests that when applying for general operating funds, be specific when addressing the use of grant funds and the impact on the county.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164239

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

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:

- Applications must be emailed by 5:00 PM on March 2, 2020.
- Applications 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 mail.
- Funds will be distributed to grantee organizations in June 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Applications and supporting materials must be emailed to

Questions regarding the HCBF's grant-making should be directed to:
Amanda Idinge

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Hennepin County

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