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HCBF Annual Grant Process and Grantees
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The Hennepin County Bar Foundation generally operates on an annual grant-distribution cycle.

Grant applications for the 2014 grant cycle are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014.

View 2014 HCBF Grant Guidelines (available as a PDF) >>

View 2014 HCBF Grant Application (available as a Word Document) >>

You will need to save this document to your computer to complete, and then return to the HCBF via e-mail.  
If you would like a copy of the grant application sent to you please make your request to

Questions regarding HCBF's annual grant making? Contact Joy Hamilton at or 612-752-6614. 



2013 Recipients of HCBF Annual Grants

When you give to the Hennepin County Bar Foundation, your dollars are pooled with those of thousands of other HCBA members to support the following organizations that promote access to justice for the people of Hennepin County:


Asian Women United of Minnesota -

"We offer programs for domestic violence victims and their children, and the community at large. We help empower Asian women and girls to support each other. We also give volunteers and others a meaningful way to get involved in ending domestic violence."
2013 HCBF Grant: To provide critical legal support to battered women by offering connections to expert attorneys and translators.

Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project -

"BWLAP provides legal information, consultation, state-wide training, litigation support, technical assistance and develops model policy for domestic violence programs around confidentiality, record keeping, conflict of interest and children's records, to name a few. We are a unique agency that advocates for system change, advocates to secure access to justice and, advocates to improve the legal system's response to battered women and children. We exist to respond effectively to the constantly evolving legal needs of battered women and we are the first resource people turn to in a legal crisis."
2013 HCBF Grant: To fund the New Laws Training that is focused on all aspects of domestic-violence-related law.

Breaking Free -

"Our mission is to educate and provide services to women and girls who have been victims of abuse and commercial sexual exploitation (prostitution/sex trafficking) and need assistance escaping the violence in their lives. ...Breaking Free has become one of the nation’s leading organizations for working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution. Over the last 16 years, Breaking Free has served more than 5,000 clients and reached over 22,000 individuals via street outreach while systematically growing its programming to embrace a full continuum of care." 
2013 HCBF Grant: To ensure justice is administered for victims through the criminal justice system through the Criminal Justice Advocacy program.

CASA Minnesota (Court Appointed Special Advocate) -

"CASA volunteers—also known as Guardians ad Litem in the State of Minnesota—are everyday citizens whom judges appoint to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are in the court system as a result of abuse and/or neglect. They stand up for these children and change their lives. CASA Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Minnesota CASA programs and the volunteers who have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes."
2013 HCBF Grant: To support program services of recruiting, training and retaining volunteer guardians ad litem to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system.

Children's Law Center of Minnesota -

"CLC is appointed by the court to provide legal representation to children who are either wards of the state – 'legal orphans'– or have been removed from their homes because they are in need of protection. CLC also represents foster children who request help. CLC provides this quality representation free of charge. When children are taken from abusive or neglectful parents, they need to know their legal rights. CLC advocates help children understand the system and help judges and other court workers understand what the children want."
2013 HCBF Grant: To support the program’s direct representation and advocacy for state wards in Hennepin County.

Civil Society -

"(Our) mission is to empower disadvantaged communities to become safe and secure by providing direct civil legal services to crime victims, including victims of human trafficking. Civil Society also provides presentations regarding human trafficking victimization, services to human trafficking victims, and identification and outreach to human trafficking victims. Civil Society serves to provide safety and services, outreach and comprehensive medical, dental, shelter, food, clothing, ESL, and vocational counseling to human trafficking victims."
2013 HCBF Grant: To support legal services to trafficking victims in Hennepin County.

Council on American-Islamic Relations, MN -

"CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. CAIR's Civil Rights Department counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. The department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans."
2013 HCBF Grant: To provide legal services to racial and religious minorities facing discrimination and fund "Know Your Rights” training to educate the community on legal rights.

Division of Indian Work -

"The Division of Indian Work empowers American Indian people through culturally based advocacy, education, counseling and leadership development. DIW is the oldest direct-service organization for American Indians in the Twin Cities. DIW operates a family of programs to help urban American Indian adults and youth succeed. Our headquarters sits in the heart of the Phillips and Powderhorn neighborhoods of Minneapolis — the center of the city’s American Indian population."
2013 HCBF Grant: To support the American Indian Legal Advocate at the Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Service Center in culturally sensitive activities.

Employment Action Center, a division of RESOURCE, Inc. - 

"EAC empowers and prepares individuals and families to achieve their education and employment potential, while building diversity and actively opposing racism. EAC is guided by the vision that all people will achieve respect, value and success at home, in school, and in the workplace. EAC’s goals are to provide comprehensive education, employment and family support services to low income youth, adults and families and to ensure their academic achievement, economic success and family stability."
2013 HCBF Grant: To support the Young Dads program servicing low-income, non-custodial fathers by reconnecting them with their children through guidance and awareness of the legal system.

Hennepin County Bar Association -

Grants from the HCBF support the community service efforts of the HCBA, including the use of Language Line for callers to the Lawyer Referral and Information Service in need of translation services, and the Legal Stuff booklet for high school students and new immigrants.
2013 HCBF Grant: To assist non-English speakers by adding a Language Line interpreter to their calls, assuring them equal access to justice and to reprint Legal Stuff, a 52-page booklet on legal rights and responsibilities. The booklet is distributed to high school students and new citizens.

HOME Line -

"HOME Line provides free legal, organizing, educational and advocacy services so tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems.  HOME Line works to improve public and private policies relating to rental housing by involving affected tenants in the process. Major programs include: tenant hotline services, tenant organizing and policy advocacy."
2013 HCBF Grant: To help low-income renters solve their own problems by educating them on their rights, both in trainings and through the tenant hotline accessed by over 3,300 Hennepin County residents each year.

ICWA Law Center (Indian Children's Stability Program) - 

"The Indian Child Welfare Law Center works to strengthen, preserve and reunite Indian families. The ICWLC is a non-profit, legal services organization that provides legal representation to parents, family members, Indian custodians and children, who are involved in legal matters governed by the ICWA. We are committed to providing culturally appropriate quality legal services to Indian families."
2013 HCBF Grant: To fund the Indian Children’s Stability Program that provides legal services to Indian families living in poverty who are involved in the child protection system.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota -

"Our mission is to provide quality immigration legal services, law-related education, and advocacy to meet the steadily increasing needs of Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities. We realize this mission by: remedying legal problems; providing quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees of all nationalities; preventing legal problems; providing law-related education to immigrants and refugees of all nationalities and raising public awareness of immigration issues and encouraging sound public policy that protects the universal human rights of immigrants and is both compassionate and practical."
2013 HCBF Grant: To support the New Beginnings Project that provides critical immigration legal services and educational forums to help women and children who are victims of abuse, persecution, and other crimes. 

LAO Advancement Organization of America -

"The Lao Advancement Organization of America (L.A.O. America) builds upon the strengths and traditions of Lao Culture, to give Lao families in  Minnesota, and in the  United States, the tools they need to succeed in their new homeland. The mission of L.A.O. America is to be an advocate for providing education, employment, and economic opportunity for Lao people at all stages of life."
2013 HCBF Grant: To provide tuition support for two staff members, implementation of four workshops on legal issues, and interpretation/translation assistance.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers -

"Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) provides a free, confidential Lawyers Assistance Program for Minnesota lawyers, judges, law students and their immediate family members. This program offers help to those affected by alcohol, drugs and other addictions; depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses; stress and other life-related problems; and any condition which negatively affects the quality of one’s life at work or at home."
2013 HCBF Grant: To provide additional counseling services to legal professionals and to fund marketing.

LegalCORPS -

"LegalCORPS assists small businesses and nonprofits, especially those that strengthen Minnesota’s low-income communities, by providing individuals and organizations with business law services they could not otherwise afford. It seeks to provide quality pro bono legal services to increasing numbers of clients throughout Minnesota, so they can focus their time and resources on pursuing their objectives. LegalCORPS delivers free business law assistance exclusively through the services of volunteer attorneys."
2013 HCBF Grant: To provide free assistance to low-income owners of small businesses and to small nonprofits in Hennepin County.

Legal Rights Center -

"The Legal Rights Center (LRC) represents, without charge, low-income people and people of color who have legal problems associated with the juvenile justice, criminal justice, and child welfare systems. LRC attorneys, community workers, and mediators are committed to protecting their clients' constitutional rights while assisting with the personal and social issues that often lead to the need for legal services. The geographical focus of LRC's work is Hennepin County."
2013 HCBF Grant: To maintain the Legal Defense and Education Program that provides community-based and prevention-oriented criminal and juvenile legal defense representation.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota -

"LRAP increases vital legal aid for low-income families and individuals by helping dedicated attorneys accept and retain positions serving low-income clients. LRAP (provides) education loan repayment assistance to legal aid attorneys with a demonstrated financial need, thus enabling these attorneys to help more than 10,000 low-income clients annually with their basic essential needs like safety and shelter."
2013 HCBF Grant: To provide education loan repayment help for an attorney exclusively serving low-income clients in Hennepin County.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans -

"MACV exists to directly help veterans and their families affected by homelessness or those in danger of becoming homeless. It also strives to serve, inform, educate and train others to carry a message of hope. As a result, MACV aims to set a national standard for respectfully meeting housing and supportive service needs of veterans while maintaining the worth and dignity of all those involved."
2013 HCBF Grant: To support the VETLAW program providing civil legal services to homeless and in-crisis veterans in Hennepin County.

Minnesota Justice Foundation -

"For 31 years MJF has secured legal aid for thousands of under-represented Minnesotans by coordinating the efforts of volunteer law students and attorneys. The Minnesota Justice Foundation's most basic goal and the driving philosophy behind it is to link volunteer law students with opportunities to assist attorneys in meeting the legal needs of the low-income community."
2013 HCBF Grant: To support the law student volunteer component of the Law School Public Service Program that encourages law students to perform pro bono legal services during their law school career.

Peace and Hope International -

"Paz y Esperanza (Peace and Hope) strives to help persons and communities whose rights have been violated obtain justice and become whole. We do this through the provision of direct services that include legal representation and advocacy, psychological, social, and economic rehabilitation, education and training, and humanitarian aid."
2013 HCBF Grant: To provide free legal services to low-income residents of Hennepin County through the Park Avenue Walk-in Legal Clinic.

Restorative Justice Community Action - 

"The mission of RJCA is to improve community livability through restorative justice practices. RJCA creates a forum in which people impacted by livability crimes meet with offenders who commit the crimes to discuss the impact and determine restitution. It is through these community forums that RJCA achieves its primary objectives of effectively addressing livability crime which helps prevent further crime and community deterioration while repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. RJCA also provides opportunities for community-building by creating relationships within neighborhoods allowing people to work together to reinforce norms of acceptable behavior."
2013 HCBF Grant: To enhance offender accountability for urban livability crimes by empowering local citizens to participate directly in the justice process.

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership -

"Our Mission is to build community by providing the opportunity to repair harm by involving the victim, offender, and community in solutions that promote healing, accountability, and reconciliation. As an alternative to court, we conduct Restorative Group Conferencing through agreements with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and the Minneapolis Police Department."
2013 HCBF Grant: To provide restorative justice services to 100% of youth referred by the Hennepin County Juvenile Prosecution Division for petty offenses.

Volunteers of America -

"Estate & Elder Law Services is dedicated to helping clients accomplish their goals and plan for the future. We serve as strong advocates for our clients’ interests. We also meet our clients’ needs with uncommon sensitivity. We assist clients with: wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, powers of attorney, health care directives, guardianship, conservatorship, special needs trusts, medical assistance planning, real estate matters."
2013 HCBF Grant: To support the Estate & Elder Law Service that provides elder law advice and representation to qualifying clients at no cost or at a reduced rate.

Volunteer Lawyers Network (the pro bono arm of the HCBA) -

"VLN provides free civil legal services to low-income persons through volunteer attorneys. VLN engages the vast human resources of the private bar in addressing some of the most pressing legal issues facing struggling individuals and families in our community. Our volunteer attorneys preserve and protect the rights of the most vulnerable among us. VLN focuses its services to protect basic human needs, including shelter, sustenance, safety, and child custody."
2013 HCBF Grant:  To fund the general operations budget allowing VLN to continue its work to serve its mission and work to meet demonstrated needs.


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