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Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF) Grant

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits for Education on
Legal Issues and to Improve Access to Legal Services

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Foundation / Corporation

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Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF)

Deadline Date:

05/17/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs to educate the community on legal matters and improve access to legal services throughout the State. Funding is also intended for the enhancement of the local law library and for continuing education for judges and lawyers. Applicants must be located in Oakland County.


The Oakland County Bar Foundation (“Foundation” or “Corporation”) is dedicated to ensuring access to justice and an understanding of the law in the community. It supports not only traditional programs, but encourages innovative approaches, which respond to unmet needs.

Specific grant purposes are enumerated in Article II of the Foundation’s Articles of Incorporation, as follows:

  1. Improving and facilitating the administration of justice in Oakland County and throughout the State of Michigan;
  2. Ensuring to the fullest extent possible that legal services are made available to all members of the public;
  3. Promoting legal research and study of law, as well as, the diffusion of legal knowledge through support of the Adams-Pratt Law Oakland County Law Library;
  4. Promoting the continuing legal education of lawyers and judges; and
  5. Educating the public as to their legal rights and obligations; and fostering and maintaining the honor and integrity of the profession of the law.

Grants for “start-up money” to new organizations may be considered where such actions might provide incentive to other donors to support worthy projects that require additional funds.

When the Foundation’s Board of Trustees evaluates a grant application, it places a priority on programs and services that meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate innovative approaches or new ideas;
  2. Provides some benefit to individuals who work or reside in Oakland County;
  3. Has the potential for independent continuity;
  4. Demonstrate community support;
  5. Avoid duplication of services in the service area;
  6. Address underserved need or populations;
  7. Meet the Foundation’s mission and grant purpose;
  8. Include a meaningful evaluation component;
  9. Leverage a significant volunteer commitment; and
  10. Use challenge grants or other fund-matching arrangements to augment Foundation funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180215

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant applicants must:
-Be a 501 c 3 organization;
-Have a history of service reflecting clear ability to deliver quality services and fiscal responsibility;
-Demonstrate cooperative efforts between service providers in their area;
-Request funds for services or programs; and
-Have sources of income in addition to Foundation funds.

The Foundation generally will not make grants:
-To individuals;
-To endowment campaigns;
-To repay loans;
-As a substitute for other funds; or
-If Foundation funds will be the organization’s primary source of continuing financial support.

The Foundation will not make grants:
-To political campaigns or entities designed primarily for political lobbying;
-To support religious activities;
-If the Foundation’s tax-exempt status would be jeopardized; or
-If the applicant fails to show fiscal responsibility and integrity.

-The Foundation’s belief that effective programs within its purposes can only occur in a climate free from political bias and outside interference, as set forth in Article III of the Foundation’s Articles of Incorporation, which, in part, provide as follows:

No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation will be the carrying out of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. The Corporation will not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office and will not publish or distribute statements relating to political campaigns.

Pre-Application Information:

2020-2021 Grant Application Deadlines:
Monday, July 27, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
Monday, February 1, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021

Applicants will be notified in writing within 30 days following consideration by the Projects Committee and/or Board of Trustees of the disposition of their Grant Application.

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Contact Information:

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

To submit a grant application, or if you have questions about what the OCBF might fund, please contact Katie Tillinger at

Oakland County Bar Foundation
1760 S. Telegraph Road
Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI
(248) 334-3400

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