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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.

2019 application guidelines and forms are available below.
Completed materials are due by March 1, 2019.

Questions regarding the HCBF's grant making should be directed to Amanda Idinge at 612-752-6614. 

Read this document first:
2019 HCBF Grant Guidelines.

Then complete the three document linked below, and email as PDFs
by March 1, 2019 to

1. Application Cover Sheet.
    Complete and submit with title "yourorganizationname_2019coversheet".

2. Application Narrative.
    Complete and submit with title "yourorganizationname_2019narrative".

3. Supplemental Materials.
    Compile requested materials into a single PDF
    and submit with title "yourorganizationname_2019attatchments"


2018 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.

Center for Multicultural Mediation
2018 HCBF Grant: $4,000 (African Youth Dispute Resolution Program).
Funds will support a diversion alternative to formal involvement in the juvenile justice system for Somali/African youth, a program for schools or community-based organizations, and a self-referral option for families and community members.

Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota
2018 HCBF Grant: $7,000
(Free Legal Clinics, Citizenship Clinics, and Know Your Rights Trainings).
Funds will support CAIR-MN's civil rights and legal advocacy work to low-income, immigrant, and refugee minorities in Minnesota who face racial, religious, and national origin discrimination.

Division of Indian Work
2018 HCBF Grant: $5,000
(Family Violence Prevention Program – Legal Advocacy).
Funds will be used to support Division of Indian Work's intervention and prevention activities, and support for Hennepin County American Indian families experiencing domestic violence.

Domestic Abuse Project
2018 HCBF Grant: $5,700 (Technological Upgrade for DAP Advocates).
Funds will be used to increase DAP's data and note collection, as well as increase productivity and efficiency, allowing for more time to work with clients in crisis.

2018 HCBF Grant: $5,000 (Tenant Hotline Services).
Funds will be used to support HOME Line's tenant hotline and trainings, giving tenants the tools they need to solve their own rental problems.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers 
2018 HCBF Grant: $4,000
(Rebuilding of LCL Website).
Funds will support LCL’s need to rebuild and update their website.

2018 HCBF Grant: $5,000
(Entrepreneurs of Color Program).
LegalCORPS provides legal help to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Hennepin County's communities of color who are unaware of the legal requirements for starting and/or running a business.

Legal Rights Center 
2018 HCBF Grant: $5,000
(Community Defense Program).
Funds will be used to provide low-income clients in Hennepin County with free legal representation, education and advocacy: prior to, or in preventing of criminal charging; after criminal charges are filed; and after criminal records are imposed and causing problems.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
2018 HCBF Grant: $5,000
(Vetlaw Program).
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans Vetlaw program ensures that low-income and homeless veterans can effectively use the civil legal system and overcome legal barriers to housing and employment.

Minnesota Justice Foundation
2018 HCBF Grant: $3,000
(Street Law Program).
Funds will be used to educate at-risk youth about their legal rights and responsibilities.

Restorative Justice Community Action
2018 HCBF Grant: $10,000
(Adult Felony Diversion Program). 
RJCA grant funds will help to meet the overwhelming need for restorative justice services in adult felony diversion. RJCA provides an opportunity for re-establishing positive community connection to reduce disenfranchisement and increase sense of belonging.

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership -
2018 HCBF Grant: $6,700
(Youth Restorative Justice).
Funds will be used to provide culturally-specific restorative processes to all youth referred through Hennepin County Juvenile Prosecution, including referrals through Headway diversion, and voluntary referrals by parents or victims.

Sojourner Project
2018 HCBF Grant: $7,500
(Community Legal Advocacy Program).
Funds will help maintain free advocate support offered to clients seeking justice in Hennepin County Criminal, Family and Civil Court. Funds will specifically help support safety assessment, planning legal advocacy in criminal and family court, preparation and filing of Protective Orders, and providing information about legal processes.

2018 HCBF Grant: $7,500
(Action Line).
Funds from this grant will support the work of the Action Line – the only program in Minnesota that provides direct, free, and accurate information on all aspects of domestic and sexual violence related law – over the phone.

Volunteer Lawyers Network
2018 HCBF Grant: $126,250
(Hennepin County Pro Bono).
General operating funds to support stability of operations and flexibility in programming so VLN can respond quickly to changing and critical needs.