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2021 Hennepin County Bar Foundation Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits to Improve
Access to Legal Services for Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF)

Deadline Date:

03/05/21 End of Day


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations for general operating support or projects that improve the accessibility of legal services for local residents in eligible regions. The purpose of the funding is to 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. Eligible organizations are those that serve residents of Hennepin County.

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.

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

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

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 2020-2021 grant application is due by end of day Friday, March 5, 2021.
- 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 2021 for the grant period July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the application using the online form this year, as the Foundation will not offer the word or pdf options next year.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

PDF or Word applications should be emailed to by Friday, March 5, 2021.

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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