The Minnesota State Bar Foundation generally operates on a twice-per-year grant distribution cycle. To be considered for the Spring grant cycle, applications are due January 15. To be considered for the Fall grant cycle, applications are due July 15. 

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


2018-2019 Recipients of MSBF Annual Grants

When you give to the Minnesota State Bar Foundation, your dollars are pooled with those of other MSBA members and organizations to support agencies/projects that support access to justice to all Minnesotans. The MSBF provides financial support for legal assistance to the disadvantaged, quality law-related education, and enhancements to the administration of justice and to the vitality of the legal profession. This year, the MSBF gave away $92,500 in grants to 39 nonprofits in Minnesota.


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Advocates for Human Rights:  
$3,000 to support our Refugee and Immigrant Program which provides free legal services to indigent asylum seekers in Minnesota. 

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Alexandra House Inc:  
$2,000 to help provide legal representation, when needed, to victims of domestic and sexual violence seeking Orders for Protections.

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All Parks Alliance for Change:
  $2,500 to support their statewide tenant hotline, legal rights workshops and legal guides, including our ongoing work to reach out to the significant Latino resident population with translating and interpreting services.

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Anishinabe Legal Services:  
$3,000 to support civil legal services and legal education or outreach sessions to low-income clients living on or near the Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth Reservations to help promote free resources for individuals and public.

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Anna Marie's Alliance:  
$1,800 in funding for the Criminal Justice Intervention Program to provide advocacy, legal support, and education to women who are victims of domestic violence.

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Bricker Lavik Community Law Firm:  
$2,500 to allow the organization to support new lawyers who are starting community-based, culturally sensitive small firms. 

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Cancer Legal Care: 
$1,500 to support their free legal care to low-income Minnesotans affected by cancer who otherwise have no access to an attorney's help for the legal issues that directly impact their health and quality of life.

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Civil Society:
 $2,000 to provide direct legal services for victims of sex and labor trafficking, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, campus sexual assault, child sex tourism, or revenge porn in statewide Minnesota using appropriate interpreters and practice methods to ensure safety before, during, and after prosecution of offenders.

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Conflict Resolution Center: 
 $1,500 to provide culturally appropriate mediations services to people of color and low income community members in the Duluth area. 

Discapacitados Abriendose Caminos:
  $3,000 to fund legal representation and advocacy services to low-income Spanish speaking individuals and their families whose legal needs require both expertise in disability law and immigration law.

Division of Indian Work
: $2,000 to support the Family Violence Prevention Program legal advocate's work.

Domestic Abuse Project: 
$2,000 to support the continuation of their Advocacy Program. 

Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County:
 1,000 for general operating support of the legal advocacy component of the direct services program. 

HOME Line:
  $2,000 to provide its free tenant hotline services to Minnesota renters throughout the state, including renters who speak only Spanish or Somali.

Hope Coalition:  
$1,200 in operating support for the legal advocacy services component of their Sexual Assault Services program in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties, MN.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota:
$2,000 to provide comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees and to conduct legal education and outreach in diverse communities. 

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International Institute of Minnesota
: $2,500 to continue delivering services and resources to assist New Americans in their transitions to a new life and economic self-sufficiency. 

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Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers:
$3,500 to fund its peer and professional support and awareness services for lawyers, law students, and judges across the state of Minnesota.

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Legal Aid Service of NE MN:
$3,250 to support comprehensive civil legal services to low-income residents of northeastern Minnesota, with an emphasis on increased outreach services to rural communities in the service area.

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Legal Rights Center:
$1,500 to provide problem-solving assistance to low-income representation clients in conjunction with outreach that enables wide community access to justice and ADR services.


Loan Repayment Assistance Program:
$6,000 to enable two legal aid attorneys to continue their vital work representing hundreds of low-income clients in Greater Minnesota.

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Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (St. Cloud):
$2,500 to support community legal education efforts in Central and West Central Minnesota.

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Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge:
$1,500 to support access to quality legal education, advocacy and representation to clients while enrolled in long-term treatment and recovery programming.

Minnesota AIDS Project (JustUs Health): 
$1,500 to support the activities of MAP Legal Services, the only HIV-specific legal services provider in the state, which provides a full range of legal assistance to individuals affected by HIV throughout Minnesota and seeks to expand its services by growing and expanding 

Minnesota Elder Justice Center:
$2,500 to support traditional and legal advocacy for older victims of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation; and elder abuse prevention education.

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Minnesota Justice Foundation:
 $6,000 to support one and one half summer law clerks to serve at legal aid programs in the metro area and in greater Minnesota.

Minnesota Landmarks Inc.: $750 to support law-related annual programming at Landmark Center.

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Minnesota Wills for Heroes:
$2,000 to host Wills for Heroes Program legal clinics in greater Minnesota and purchase new laptops for data entry.

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MSBA Mock Trial Program:
 $5,000 to support the Mock Trial Program.

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National Judicial College:
$1,000 to improve the administration of justice in Minnesota by increasing Minnesota judges' knowledge, skills, and abilities through judicial education courses from NJC.

National Juvenile Defender Center:
 $2,000 to support the 22nd Annual Juvenile Defense Leadership Summit held in St. Paul, MN in October 2018,

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North Shore Horizons Inc:  
$2,000 to provide facilitation of the Lake County Coordinated Community Response Team for domestic and sexual violence policy and protocol review.

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OutFront Minnesota
: $2,000 to fund Anti-Violence Program for increased legal representation of LGBTQ people of, and survivors of, violence regardless of orientation.

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Rivers of Hope:
$2,000 to ensure immediate and long-term safety for victims of domestic violence through an array of legal, supportive, and preventative services for adults and youth living in Shelburne and Wright counties.

Sojourner Project:
$1,500 to maintain free advocate support for clients seeking justice in Hennepin County Criminal, Family, and Civil Courts.

Standpoint (Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project):
$2,000 for general support of its core legal services to domestic and sexual violence victims/survivors.

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  $3,500 to provide free legal representation, in-depth pro se assistance and legal advice in OFPS and family law cases for low-income people in the Twin Cities metro area, primarily youth and adults who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence, or exploitation.

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Volunteer Lawyers Network:
$2,500 to fund staff time for updating family law sample pleadings for volunteer attorneys to reflect current state laws and policies.

Women in Need Depending on Other Women:
$2,500 to support legal advocacy services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Carlton, Kanabec and Pine Counties.