The Hennepin County Bar Foundation generally operates on an annual grant-distribution cycle.
Grant requests for the 2017 grant cycle are due by midnight on Friday, January 13, 2017. Grants recipients will be notified of the HCBF's decision in June 2017.
2017 Grant Application and Guidelines Are Here >>
Questions regarding HCBF's annual grant making? Call 612-752-6600.
2016 Recipients of HCBF Annual Grants
When you give to the Hennepin County Bar Foundation, your dollars are pooled with those of other HCBA members and organizations to support agencies/projects 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.
2016 HCBF Grant: $7000. (Legal Services and Support for Victims of Trafficking in Hennepin County)
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.
2016 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (Legal Representation for Hennepin County Wards of State)
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.
2016 HCBF Grant: $3,000. (ADR Ambassador Fellowship Program)
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.
2016 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (Civil Rights Legal Aid, Advocacy, and Education)
Division of Indian Work
DIW empowers American Indian people through culturally-based counseling, advocacy, education and leadership development.
2016 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (Family Violence Prevention Program)
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
LCL provides free assistance to lawyers, judges, law students, and their immediate family members on any issue that causes stress or distress.
2016 HCBF Grant: $3,000. (Services in Hennepin County)
Legal Rights Center
LRC helps low income clients in Hennepin County access free legal information and representation through its Community Defense Program.
2016 HCBF Grant: $5,500. (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.
2016 HCBF Grant: $4,800. (On-going Support for General Operations)
Minnesota AIDS Project
MAP advocates for the rights of HIV-positive individuals in Minnesota, the majority of whom live in Hennepin County.
2016 HCBF Grant: $3,000. (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.
2016 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.
2016 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (Law School Public Service Program)
Operation de Novo
Operation de Novo’s Pre-charge Drug Diversion Project provides first time, felony 5th degree drug possession cases the chance for pre-charge diversion, reducing collateral consequences and criminal justice system involvement.
2016 HCBF Grant: $10,000. (Pre-charge Drug Diversion Pilot Project)
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.
2016 HCBF Grant: $7,000. (Park Avenue Legal Clinic)
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.
2016 HCBF Grant: $6,700. (Youth Restorative Justice)
Sojourner Project works to increase the safety of domestic violence victims through advocacy, information, and education.
2016 HCBF Grant: $5,000. (Community Legal Advocacy Program)
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.
2016 HCBF Grant: $40,000. (Pro Bono Legal Services in Hennepin County)