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Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF) Grant

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits to Increase Access to and
Understanding of Legal Resources for Oakland County Residents

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Foundation / Corporation

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Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF)

Deadline Date:

05/18/20 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $500 to Michigan nonprofit organizations for programs that educate the community on legal matters and improve access to legal services in Oakland County and throughout the State. Funding is also intended for the enhancement of the local law library and for continuing education for judges and lawyers.

The Oakland County Bar Foundation is dedicated to ensuring access to justice and an understanding of the law in the local community. It supports not only traditional programs, but encourages innovative approaches, which respond to unmet needs. Specific grant purposes are 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.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees 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.

Priorities may change in the future as resources and needs change. 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180215

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

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

The Foundation will not make grants:

1. To political campaigns or entities designed primarily for political lobbying;
2. To support religious activities;
3. If the Foundation’s tax exempt status would be jeopardized; or
4. If the applicant fails to show fiscal responsibility and integrity.

The Foundation generally will not make grants:

1. To individuals;
2. To endowment campaigns;
3. To repay loans;
4. As a substitute for other funds; or
5. If Foundation funds will be the organization’s primary source of continuing financial support.

Pre-Application Information:

2019-2020 Grant Application Deadlines:
Monday, August 5, 2019
Monday, October 1, 2019
Monday, November 18, 2019
Monday, February 3, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020

Priority may be given to organizations that use challenge grants or other fund-matching arrangements to augment Foundation funds.

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, or (248) 418-7983.

Oakland County Bar Foundation
Attn: Katie Tillinger
1760 S. Telegraph Road
Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-0181

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Oakland County

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