The Hennepin County Bar Foundation generally operates on an annual grant-distribution cycle.
2018 grant applications were due by March 1, 2018. 2018 HCBF Grant Guidelines.
Questions regarding the HCBF's grant making should be directed to Executive Director Susie Brown at 612-752-6610.
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).
This program serves as a diversion alternative to formal involvement in the juvenile justice system for Somali youth. The program is a culturally-specific community-based response for adjudicated youth. CMM offers 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 (Defending Civil Rights).
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 the legal advocates as they work to assist American Indian domestic abuse victims.
2018 HCBF Grant: $5,000: (Tenant Hotline Services).
This grant will be used to supplement funding for a part-time Hmong-speaking staff member in order to increase HOME Line's capacity to assist non-English speaking clients through the tenant hotline and presentations to the public.
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
2018 HCBF Grant: $4,000 (Support for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, MN’s Lawyer Assistance Program).
Funds will support LCL’s clients’ needs, including free counseling, outreach, peer assistance, and case management.
2018 HCBF Grant: $5,000 (Entrepreneurs of Color Program).
LegalCORPS provides free business law assistance for low-income entrepreneurs. Funds from this grant will be used to help staff a Community Outreach Specialist in the Entrepreneurs of Color Program who works to establish strong, trusting relationships with community-based partner organizations.
Legal Rights Center
2018 HCBF Grant: $5,000 (Title of Project: Community Defense Program).
Funds will be used to maintain LRC’s holistic client representation and advocacy (juvenile and adult), legal outreach and referral, and public education about the law.
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
2018 HCBF Grant: $5,000 (VetLaw Program).
This grant will support MACV's Vetlaw program which 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 support MJF's Street Law Program which aims to educate at-risk youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. Law students teach in Twin Cities classrooms to deliver legal information relevant to the daily lives of adolescents including juvenile law, interacting with the police, youth employment, consumer issues, and housing matters.
Restorative Justice Community Action
2018 HCBF Grant: $10,000 (Adult Felony Diversion Program).
Funds will allow RJCA to provide outreach and volunteer recruitment and training to meet the overwhelming need for restorative justice services in adult felony diversion.
Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership -
2018 HCBF Grant: $6,700 (Youth Restorative Justice).
Funds will be used to support a Somali facilitator to participate in a restorative justice process with Somali youth; subsidize 20-hour facilitator training; conduct background checks for volunteers and offer continuing education opportunities; and support Program Director to recruit/train volunteers, coordinate referral process, and communicate with families throughout process.
2018 HCBF Grant: $7,500 (Community Legal Advocacy Program).
Funds will specifically help support the work of legal advocates, which includes safety assessment and planning; legal advocacy in criminal and family court; preparation and filing of Protective Orders; providing information about legal processes, options, and rights; court accompaniment; and promotion of child safety and protection.
Standpoint (f/k/a Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project)
2018 HCBF Grant: $7,000 (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.