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The Hennepin County Bar Foundation generally operates on an annual grant-distribution cycle.

2019 grant applications were due by March 1, 2019. The 2020 grant application will be published by January 2, 2020.

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


2019 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. This year, the HCBF gave away $270,4000 in grants to nonprofits promoting access to justice in Hennepin County.

The Advocates for Human Rights
2019 HCBF Grant: $5,000
Funds will support the Refugee and Immigrant Program, which allows detained immigrants to access legal advice catered to specific facts in their cases. The Program also provides representation to immigrant detainees in bond reduction hearings and in protection claims before the immigration court.

Cancer Legal Care
2019 HCBF Grant: $1,000

This grant will fund a series of legal clinics for members of the African American Breast Cancer Alliance, which builds awareness, networking, resources, and support for black men and women impacted by breast cancer.

Children's Law Center of Minnesota
2019 HCBF Grant: $5,000

Funds will be used to recruit, train, and support local volunteer attorneys in their work to provide abused and neglected youth with legal representation in the child welfare and foster care systems.

Community Mediation and Restorative Services
2019 HCBF Grant: $7,400

Funds will be used to cover the cost of a full-time VISTA member to provide walk-in services for individuals and referrals to and from other tenants.

Conflict Resolution Center
2019 HCBF Grant: $6,000

This grant will allow the CRC to recruit, train, and mentor four to six mediators from underrepresented communities and have them provide mediation services in the pre-eviction program and in Hennepin County Housing and Harassment Court, and facilitate restorative justice conferences.

Discapacitados Abriendose Caminos
2019 HCBF Grant: $10,000

Funds will allow DAC to continue problem solving in regards to accessing health care, mental health care, economic assistance, and special education advocacy in the intersection of immigration law and disability law.


Division of Indian Work
2019 HCBF Grant: $5,000

Funds will be used to support Division of Indian Work's legal advocacy program, which offers American-Indian victims of domestic abuse access to culturally-specific services, refers victims to culturally-competent services in the community, and provides victims with the advocacy and support needed to stay safe and address the violence.

Domestic Abuse Project
2019 HCBF Grant: $7,000
Funds will allow at least four advocates to assist victims of domestic violence in writing Orders of Protection, accompany their clients to hearings, and offer safety planning, support, and essential information about shelter, community resources, intervention services, and legal recourse.

Global Rights for Women
2019 HCBF Grant: $3,000

Funds will be used to partner with the Minnesota Department of Health to recommend, inform, and coordinate female cutting/mutilation prevention and community engagement efforts in Minnesota.

2019 HCBF Grant: $5,000
This year's grant from the HCBF will assist with funding time of a staff member fluent in Hmong to help staff HOME Line's tenant hotline and make presentations to new audience members.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
2019 HCBF Grant: $5,000

Funds will support ILCM's Detention Hotline, which allows detained clients, or those calling on their behalf, to call and speak with trained volunteers and provide brief advice, service, and/or screening for full service.


JustUs Health
2019 HCBF Grant: $5,000

Funds will go towards a proportion of the direct staff cost incurred in delivering legal services to LGBTQ persons of limited means in Hennepin County.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers 
2019 HCBF Grant: $5,000

The HCBF's grant to LCL supports staffing for client service and peer support engagement, education and outreach materials and efforts, and the ability to respond to the changing needs of the profession while maintaining LCL's core purpose of confidentially serving members of the Minnesota legal community.

2019 HCBF Grant: $7,500

Funds will be used to increase staff time to arrange free business law assistance from volunteer lawyers to low-income entrepreneurs, inventors, and small nonprofits in Minnesota.

Legal Rights Center 
2019 HCBF Grant: $7,500

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.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota
2019 HCBF Grant: $4,500

HCBF funding will provide a loan repayment assistance award to an attorney serving low-income clients in Hennepin County.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
20189HCBF Grant: $5,000

Funding 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 Elder Justice Center
2019 HCBF Grant: $5,000

Funds will support the work of the victim services staff who provide advocacy and legal representation to victims of elder abuse, including obtaining protection orders, substitute decision making, capacity, fiduciary responsibilities and more.

Minnesota Justice Foundation
2019 HCBF Grant: $5,000

Funding will go directly towards staff time to recruit students, partner them with public interest attorneys to serve low-income and disadvantaged Minnesotans, provide training, and monitor their performance.


Minnesota Wills for Heroes
2019 HCBF Grant: $1,500
Grant funds will be used to purchase new laptops for data entry, purchase ink, and pay for their malpractice policy.

Missions Inc. Program
2019 HCBF Grant: $7,500

Funds will be used to purchase domestic violence software and provide training and support for staff to adopt new systems and processes that create efficiencies and access to client records.

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice
2019 HCBF Grant: $10,000

This grant from the HCBF will support a Somali facilitator to participate in the process with Somali youth, continue capacity building at Little Earth housing, and offer continuing education opportunities for volunteers.

Sojourner Project
2019 HCBF Grant: $7,500

Funds will help maintain Sojourner's Community Legal Advocacy Program, which includes safety assessment and planning; legal advocacy in criminal and family court; preparation and filing of Protective Orders; providing information about legal processes; court accompaniment; and promotion of child safety and protection.

2019 HCBF Grant: $10,000

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
2019 HCBF Grant: $130,000
General operating funds to support stability of operations and flexibility in programming so VLN can respond quickly to changing and critical needs.