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Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) Grant

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits and Agencies to Promote
Justice and Public Understanding of the Law

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF)

Deadline Date:

08/15/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations and government agencies for law-related activities that enhance public understanding of law and support the pursuit of justice. Applicants must schedule an appointment with program staff prior to applying. The following advisory guidelines have been set forth to aid potential applicants.

-Single project – The project should be clearly defined. Projects that are innovative or address unmet needs will be favored. Single projects may include funding for legal services where such funding would be ancillary to a project that is new, innovative and capable of future replication without the use of OSBF funding.

-Need – The applicant must demonstrate a need. Projects that duplicate similar services or programs already provided in an area may be disfavored. If there is a need for additional services of this nature, the applicant should demonstrate that they have developed means of coordinating with existing services.

-Geographic focus – The Foundation strives to fund projects in the state of Ohio with a focus placed on geographic diversity.

-Replication/Dissemination plan - Applications must include a plan to disseminate or replicate the product produced with the Foundation's grant funds.

-Evaluation - Applicants should incorporate a means for evaluating the project and must complete the Foundation’s evaluation.

-Resulting products – Copies of data, written materials, audiovisual materials or other products developed as a result of the Foundation's grant must be provided.

The Ohio State Bar Foundation strives to identify and fund projects that most effectively further its mission of promoting the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181484

Term of Contract:

The Foundation generally awards funding on an annual basis. Funding for meritorious projects could be awarded beyond one year in special circumstances.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must include evidence of 501(c)(3) status and classification as a public charity or information confirming status as a governmental unit or agency.

Funds will not support:
-Individuals, scholarships for individuals
-Capital expenditure, construction, renovation, equipment or supplies
-Debt reduction, retroactive funding
-Endowment, endowment campaigns
-Fundraising benefits or mass appeal solicitation
-Political campaigns, election or political activities, propaganda, lobbying activities
-Compensation or other direct or indirect funding of lawyers to provide legal services, except for single projects as described in the Guidelines for Consideration of Grant Applications.

The Foundation discourages applicants from requesting funding for fixed costs such as salaries, employment benefits and operational expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Application Deadlines:
Spring Grant Cycle:
-Application Due: February 15, 5:00 PM
-Award Date: By June 30

Fall Grant Cycle:
-Application Due: August 15, 5:00 PM
-Award Date: By November 30

Applicants are encouraged to identify other potential sources of funding or have secured such sources to make the project viable.

Potential grant applicants are required to participate in a pre-submission conference with Foundation staff prior to completing any grant application request. To schedule your in-person or phone pre-submission conference please contact Tiffany Patterson.

Grant applications must be received by 5:00 PM on February 15 or August 15.

Application Resources:

Contact Information:

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

To schedule your in-person or phone pre-submission conference please contact:
Tiffany Patterson, Grants & Communications Specialist

To apply online:

Ohio State Bar Foundation
1700 Lake Shore Drive
Columbus, OH 43204

614.487.4444 / 800.282.6556

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio