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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.

2018 grant applications were due by March 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the status of their requests by June 2018. 2018 HCBF Grant Guidelines.

Questions regarding the HCBF's grant making should be directed to Executive Director Susie Brown at 612-752-6610. 

2017 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.

Asian Women United of MN
2017 HCBF Grant: $5,000
(Language Support for Legal Consultation).
Funding of language interpreters, including trained language advocates, to support women while they meet with attorneys at House of Peace Shelter.  Conservatively, this grant could provide 100+ hours of language support.


Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin Co.
2017 HCBF Grant: $3,000
(CAPSH Legal Service Clinics).
CAPSH will collaborate with Legal Aid and Volunteer Lawyers Network to develop and implement a legal advice program to serve 230 low-income residents in suburban Hennepin County. An average of 6 Legal Service Clinics per month throughout the year will be offered.


Conflict Resolution Center
2017 HCBF Grant: $5,000
(Increasing Access to ADR for Underserved Communities).
This grant will allow CRC to reach out to community organizations and nonprofits and work with them to recruit individuals to take CRC’s 30-hour civil mediation class and become Rule 114 qualified neutrals.


Cornerstone Advocacy Service
2017 HCBF Grant: $2,600
Cornerstone's Civil and Criminal Justice Intervention (CCJI) Program: Enhanced Access to OFP/HRO Writing and Courtroom Advocacy).
Funding the purchase of two Surface Pros, which will provide advocates with mobile technology, which is a critical need in the courtroom.


Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota
2017 HCBF Grant: $5,000
(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
2017 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.


HCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service 
2017 HCBF Grant: $8,000:
(Language Line Interpreter Service).
Language Line provides immediate over the phone access to interpreters who speak more than 200 languages. The funds will pay for the use of Language Line's services by both LRIS referral counselors and LRIS volunteer attorneys.


ICWA Law Center 
2017 HCBF Grant: $5,000
(ICWA Family Advocacy Center Attorney).
This grant will be used to fund a part-time attorney who will provide legal services to Indian families impacted by the child welfare system who have a non-ICWA legal case that impedes their ability to reunify or to stay together.


Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers 
2017 HCBF Grant: $3,000
(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.


2017 HCBF Grant: $7,500
(MNvest Education & Counseling 2017).
LegalCORPS provides free business law assistance for low-income entrepreneurs.  Funds from this grant will be used to hire a consultant who will write and implement workshops to train volunteers to assist individuals with MNvest; train attorneys for workshop presentations and 1-on-1 technical assistance; and develop sustainable ways to provide individualized help.


Legal Rights Center 
2017 HCBF Grant: $6,500
(Title of Project: Representation, Education, and Advocacy).
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 AIDS Project
2017 HCBF Grant: $5,700
(MAP to Health Medical Legal Partnership).
This grant will be used to increase utilization of MAP’s current bimonthly legal clinic at HCMC by 30% and to expand to a second site at the Red Door Clinic. Legal assistance includes advice, brief services, and extended representation.


Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership -
2017 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.


Sojourner Project
2017 HCBF Grant: $5,000
(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) 
2017 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
2017 HCBF Grant: $122,500
(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.