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Diversity Leadership Grant

Grants to Florida Legal Associations to Promote
Diversity and Dialogue Among Lawyers

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Association - Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Deadline Date:

05/11/18 Receipt


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Grants of up to $1,500 and grants of up to $3,000 to Florida voluntary bar associations for programs and initiatives that foster a diverse environment, interaction among attorneys, and cultural training through conferences, symposia, seminars, and summits. Events must be organized and hosted by specialty and local bar associations.

Funding priority will be given to coalitions of local bar associations within circuits, districts, or geographic regions of the state.

The Foundation's mission is to increase diversity and inclusion in The Florida Bar so that the Bar will reflect the demographics of the state, to develop opportunities for community involvement, and to make leadership roles within the profession and The Florida Bar accessible to all attorneys, including those who are racially, ethnicially, and culturally diverse, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and persons with disabilities.

Grants will be awarded to underwrite multi-hour, half-day, full-day or multi-day diversity conferences designed to:
- Foster an inclusive environment in which lawyers, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical, or mental disability are motivated to succeed professionally and contribute to the goals of their profession; and/or
- Increase knowledge and awareness of diversity and cultural competency; and/or
- Increase participation, retention and representation in local and specialty voluntary bars; and/or
- Improve diversity in legal education, employment, the judiciary and The Florida Bar.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167496

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grants are up to $1,500 and up to $3,000 to multiple voluntary bars working together on a project.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be voluntary bar associations headquartered and operating in Florida.

The project for which funds are requested must be educational in nature and open for attendance by Florida Bar members, legal paraprofessionals, and Florida law school students.

Pre-Application Information:

To be considered Voluntary Bar Associations must be in compliance with all program terms and conditions. Completed proposals must be submitted by email and be received on or before May 11, 2018.

All programs must be held and a final summary report received within the program year of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Applicants will be notified whether programs have been approved for funding by June 15, 2018. Grant programs will be announced at the Henry T. Latimer Luncheon, posted on the Diversity webpage, and a written letter will be sent to the awardees.

The upcoming Florida Bar Convention will be held June 13-16, 2018.

Opportunities for program funding may be available in the spring if all available grant funding is not committed in this grant application. However, applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, and organizations are encouraged to submit applications in this grant funding cycle.

Bar associations are limited to one application or project per year.

The project described in the grant application form and the request for funding must have received approval by the voluntary bar association’s governing board.

Contact Information:

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

Completed applications should be emailed to

Arnell Bryant-Willis, Diversity Initiatives Manager

The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida