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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 requests for the 2015 grant cycle were due on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  The HCBF will notify grant seekers of its decision by June 2015.

2015 HCBF Grant Guidelines >>

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



2014 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 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."
2014 HCBF Grant: To fund programs to improve access to expert legal advice and direct representation.


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."
2014 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."
2014 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."
2014 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."
2014 HCBF Grant: To support the American Indian Legal Advocate at the Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Service Center in culturally sensitive activities.


HCBA Lawyer Referral  & Information Service (LRIS) Language Line  -

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.
2014 HCBF Grant: To assist non-English speakers by adding a Language Line interpreter to their calls, assuring them equal access to justice.


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."
2014  HCBF Grant: To provide additional counseling services to legal professionals and to fund marketing.


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."
2014 HCBF Grant: To maintain the Legal Defense and Education Program that provides community-based and prevention-oriented criminal and juvenile legal defense representation.


LegalCORPS -

"LegalCORPS provides free assistance in non-litigation business law matters to low-income owners of small businesses,  small nonprofit organizations and low-income innovators in Minnesota — through the services of volunteer attorneys.

2014 HCBF Grant: To continue the development of programs to support immigrant entrepreneurs.


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."
2014 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."
2014 HCBF Grant: To support the VETLAW program in providing civil legal services to homeless and in-crisis veterans in Hennepin County.


MN Council on Crime and Justice -

"MN Council on Crime and Justice works to reduce the elements of the criminal justice system that unnecessariy harm Minnesotans, our families, and our communities.”

2014 HCBF Grant: To support programming for their Fair Hiring Project in Hennepin County.


Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.) -

"N.I.P.’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Center (RSAC) provides caring, competent and affordable services to survisors of sexual violence.

2014 HCBF Grant:  To support the RSAC 24-hour crisis phone line and RSAC Legal Advocates Program.


Peace and Hope International -

"Peace and Hope International’s programs provide legal, aftercare, empowerment and other services to the most marginalized populations including women and children victimized by sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking, indigenous peoples, migrants and others living in extreme poverty.”
2014 HCBF Grant: To provide free legal services to low-income residents of Hennepin County through the Park Avenue Walk-in Legal Clinic.



"The mission of RESOURCE, Inc. is to empower people to achieve greater personal, social and economic success. We are committed to undoing racism and promoting diversity.”

2014 HCBF Grant: To support the Young Dads program servicing low-income, non-custodial father.


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."
2014 HCBF Grant: To support the Restorative Justice Community Conferencing program for both juveniles and adults.


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."
2014  HCBF Grant: To provide restorative justice services to 100% of youth referred by the Hennepin County Juvenile Prosecution Division for petty offenses.

Sojourner -

 "The mission of Sojourner is to provide emergency shelter for women and children; legal advocacy and support to empower all those victimized by domestic violence; and information and education to raise awareness and promote violence prevention.  The work of our organization serves to empower battered women, promote healthy communities and eliminate domestic violence.”

2014  HCBF Grant: To support the Community Legal Advocacy Program that provides legal advocacy, intervention, prevention services, and transitional support.


Somali Benadiri Community of MN

"The Somali Benadiri Community of MN serves the Somali refugee and new Somali immigrants in Hennepin County by teaching them the new system of the country in terms of crimes, family law, welfare system, youth crimes, and juvenile crimes.

2014 HCBF Grant:  To provide education to Somali refugees residing in Hennepin County through workshops and seminars about Minnesota laws and how they apply to various aspects of daily life.


The Family Partnership -

"The mission of The Family Partnership is to build strong families, vital communities, and better futures for children.  Through counseling, education programs, and advocacy, we support families in need and empower them to solve problems.”

2014 HCBF Grant:  To support the PRIDE program (from PRostitution to Independence, Dignity, and Equality) which helps women and teens get out and stay out of prostitution.


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."
2014 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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