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Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF) Grant

Grants to Oakland County, Michigan Nonprofits
for Legal Outreach to the Local Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF)

Deadline Date:

05/21/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Oakland County, Michigan nonprofit organizations for programs that educate the community on legal matters and create access to legal services. Funding is also intended for the enhancement of the local legal library collection. Specific grant purposes are as follows:

1. Improving and facilitating the administration of justice in Oakland County and throughout the State of Michigan;
2. Insuring to the fullest extent possible that legal services are made available to all members of the public regardless of race, creed, color or economic status;
3. Promoting legal research and study of law, as well as, the diffusion of legal knowledge through support of the Adams-Pratt Law and Research Library;
4. Promoting the continuing legal education of lawyers and judges;
5. Educating the public as to their legal rights and obligations;
6. Fostering and maintaining the honor and integrity of the profession of the law; and
7. Engaging in any and all lawful activities that may be incidental or reasonably necessary to any of these purposes.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees places a priority on programs and applicants, which involve one or more of the following criteria:

1. Demonstrate innovative approaches or new ideas;
2. Benefit Oakland County residents;
3. Have potential for independent continuity;
4. Demonstrate community support;
5. Avoid duplication of services in the service area;
6. Address underserved need or populations; and
7. Use challenge grants or other fund-matching arrangements to augment Foundation funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180215

Estimated Total Program Funding:


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;
3. Demonstrate cooperative efforts between service providers in their area;
4. Request funds for program, rather than capital expenses or administrative overhead; 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:

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.

2017-2018 Grant Application Deadlines:

Monday, July 24, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
Monday, January 29, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018

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 Jan Anson at or (248) 334-3400.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Oakland County