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HCBF Cy Pres Grants
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In 2011, the HCBF was awarded a one-time sum of $100,000 as part of a class action settlement, with the understanding that the funds would be distributed in keeping with the HCBF's mission and for the benefit of women in our Hennepin County community.

This temporary grant program is separate and aside from our annual grant-making.

The deadline to submit an application for HCBF 2013 cy pres grants was August 30, 2013. Upon the completion of this first round of cy pres grants, the HCBF Board of Directors will determine if revisions to the cy pres grant application or grant process are necessary.

Questions related to HCBF cy pres grants? Contact the HCBF Development Manager at 612-752-6600.


2013 HCBF Cy Pres Grantees

The recipients of the 2013 HCBF Cy Pres grants were announced in December 2013.

Breaking Free, Inc. was granted $50,000 over two years; Cornerstone Advocacy Service will receive $37,400 over two years; and the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (Domestic Violence Appellate Project) will receive a one-year, $13,000 grant. 


BREAKING FREE, INC.:  Established in 1996, Breaking Free serves women involved in systems of commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking.  Three primary needs of sexually exploited women in Hennepin County include: improving the administration of justice to victims, increasing awareness and understanding of sex trafficking by the courts and criminal justice professionals, and empowering victims to understand and self-advocate for their legal rights.  The requested funding will be used over two years to fund their Criminal Justice Advocacy program.  

CORNERSTONE ADVOCACY SERVICE:  Access to legal services in Hennepin County‚Äôs northwest corridor has historically been limited despite the fact that Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park have high rates of domestic assault.  Having provided effective programming for female victims of domestic violence in Southern Hennepin County for thirty years, Cornerstone is being asked to respond to the acute needs in this area.  This two-year expansion project will ensure equal access for marginalized populations to legal services in northwest Hennepin County.   

MINNESOTA COALITION FOR BATTERED WOMEN: A protective order is critical in providing safety for domestic violence victims.  While Minnesota has some of the strongest protective order laws in the country, these statutes will only remain strong tools if there is vigorous advocacy to defend the laws against challenges.  The Domestic Violence Appellate Project provides appellate advocacy on domestic violence issues through direct representation and amicus brief submissions as well as training and support to attorneys, law students, and advocates.