The Hennepin County Bar Foundation generally operates on an annual grant-distribution cycle.
Grant requests for the 2016 grant cycle were due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016. Grants recipients will be notified of the HCBF's decision by June 2016.
2016 HCBF grant guidelines are here >>
Questions regarding HCBF's annual grant making? Call 612-752-6600.
2015 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:
Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project:
BWLAP improves access to expert legal advice and direct representation, thus greatly increasing the odds for survivor safety and autonomy as well as the establishment of a life free from violence.
2015 HCBF Grant: $7000. (Wraparound Legal Services and Advocacy for Victims of Trafficking)
Call for Justice, LLC:
C4J connects low-income people with legal resources by
training United Way 211 on targeted legal referrals and by convening legal and
social service providers to create collaborations that increase civil legal
access. C4J also identifies gaps in the legal delivery system and works to
close those gaps.
2015 HCBF Grant: $20,000. (On-going Support for General Operations)
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
CLC ensures that abused and neglected youth receive pro bono
legal representation in the child protection/foster care system.
2015 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (Legal Representation for Hennepin County Wards of
Conflict Resolution Center
CRC brings people together to find lasting and effective
solutions to conflict. CRC focuses on serving those for whom traditional
services have not worked in the past because they did not address underlying
issues or were not culturally appropriate.
2015 HCBF Grant. ($3,000 - Access to Mediation for Under-served Communities)
Council on American-Islamic Relations, MN
CAIR-MN provides legal services and advocacy to racial and
religious minorities facing discrimination, and funds "Know Your Rights”
training to educate the community on legal rights.
2015 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (Civil Rights Advocacy & Education)
Domestic Abuse Project
Domestic Abuse Project’s Advocacy Program provides direct
support to survivors of domestic violence and works within the criminal justice
system to improve accessibility and responsiveness to families affected by
2015 HCBF Grant: $3,000. (Advocacy for Survivors of Domestic Violence)
Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc.
FLAG is dedicated to providing legal services and support to
family farmers and their communities. Founded in 1986 by two legal aid lawyers,
FLAG serves Minnesota’s low-income farmers through direct representation, a
hotline, and education.
2015 HCBF Grant: $3,000. (North Minneapolis Immigrant and Refugee Farmer Legal Clinics)
Legal Rights Center
LRC helps low income clients in Hennepin County access free
legal information and representation through its Community Defense Program.
2015 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (Representation, education, and advocacy)
LegalCORPS arranges free business law assistance from
volunteer lawyers to low-income entrepreneurs and nonprofits in Hennepin County
and all Minnesota.
2015 HCBF Grant: $4,500. (On-going Support for General Operations)
Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance (Legal Aid)
Legal Aid’s mission is to advocate for the legal rights of
disadvantaged people to have safe, healthy, and independent lives in strong
2015 HCBF Grant: $12,500. (Legal Assistance for Unaccompanied Immigrant
Children in Hennepin County)
Minnesota AIDS Project
MAP advocates for the rights of HIV-positive individuals in
Minnesota, the majority of whom live in Hennepin County.
2015 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (MAP to Health: Medical Legal Partnership)
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Through MACV’s Vetlaw program, veterans’ legal issues that
are impacting their housing or employment are addressed.
2015 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (Vetlaw program)
Minnesota Justice Foundation
MJF’s mission is to increase access to justice for members
of the low-income community by linking law students with pro bono and public
interest volunteer opportunities.
2015 HCBF Grant: $3,000. (Law School Public Service Program)
Peace and Hope International
Peace and Hope International provides access to justice for
hundreds of low-income, traditionally disenfranchised persons struggling with
legal issues regarding immigration, employment, and discrimination.
2015 HCBF Grant: $7,000. (Park Avenue Walk-in Legal Clinic—New Neighbors
Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership
SLRJP provides a restorative justice process to explore the
harm caused by, and to develop an agreement with, young offenders to repair
harm their offenses have caused.
2015 HCBF Grant: $4,000. (Youth Restorative Justice)
The Advocates for Human Rights
The Advocates for Human Rights provides struggling refugees
and vulnerable newcomers with legal status.
2015 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (Refugee & Immigrant Program Central America
Volunteer Lawyers Network
VLN provides legal services to low-income people through
volunteer lawyers. Last year, VLN and its volunteers provided more than 7,000
legal services to the people of Hennepin County.
2015 HCBF Grant: $30,000. (Pro Bono Legal Services in Hennepin County)