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Texas Bar Foundation Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits for Legal Programs
and Services to Disadvantaged Populations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Texas Bar Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/15/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations for programs and services that enhance the justice system and cater to underserved populations in need of legal aid. Funding is intended to support proposals that focus on the areas of ethics in the legal profession, the education of the public, legal assistance to the needy, the encouragement of legal research, forums, and publications, and other programs that relate to the administration of justice.

Specifically, grants are awarded in the following areas:

- Legal services for the underserved
- Education of the third branch of government
- Ethics and professionalism in the legal profession
- Administration of justice
- Victim services

The Texas Bar Foundation prefers projects that:

- Have a statewide impact
- Encourage and promote legal assistance to poor and disadvantaged people
- Encourage pro bono legal work
- Help members of the public understand their rights and responsibilities under the law
- Are new or innovative approaches that require 'seed money' to launch
- Enhance the ethical and professional practice of law
- Strengthen the court system or the administration of justice
- Produce legal research, publications, and forums

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177597

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

Bar Foundation funds must be used within 12 months of the date of the award. The Executive Director may grant a six month extension if there has been a good-faith effort to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Texas Bar Foundation awards grants only to 501(c)3 charities serving the State of Texas, and, consequently, no grants are awarded to individuals. Bar Associations, though 501(c)6 organizations, are encouraged to apply for project support.

Special Instructions for State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association:

- The State Bar of Texas Appeals-Grant Review Committee first must clear any proposal before it may be submitted to the Foundation
- Financial statements and operating budgets are not required
- Evidence of 501 (c) 3 not required

The Texas Bar Foundation does not favor grant awards for:

- Projects outside the State of Texas
- Propaganda, lobbying activities, or the election of public officials
- Fund raising benefits or mass appeal solicitations
- Additions to endowments
- Multi-year commitments or repeat grants to the same project
- Continuing legal education programs, unless they are experimental or not self-supporting
- Operating expenses, unless used exclusively for a project

Pre-Application Information:

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Deadlines: July 15 for the October review; January 15 for the April review.

All applications must be received in the Foundation offices by 5:00 PM on the deadlines. If the deadline falls on a holiday weekend, the deadline will be extended to the next working day, at 5:00 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

Texas Bar Foundation
515 Congress Ave., Ste. 1755
Austin, TX 78701

Staff Contact Information:

Amy Weir, Grants Manager

Office Phone Numbers:
(512) 480-8000
(888) 480-8881

Fax: (512) 480-8005

General Email:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas