The Minnesota State Bar Foundation generally operates on a once-per-year grant distribution cycle. To be considered, applications are due January 15. 

Questions regarding the MSBF's grant-making should be directed to Erikka Ryan at 612-278-6311.


2020 Special Covid-19 Grant Cycles

In 2020, the MSBF offered two additional grant opportunities outside of its annual spring grant cycle. Through these two grant cycles, the MSBF awarded $472,983 in grants to legal-related nonprofit organizations statewide continuing to provide essential legal services to the disadvantaged despite the challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. 


2019-2020 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 $89,280.88 in grants to 33 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:
  $3,000 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:  
$2,000 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:  
$3,000 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:  
$5,000 to allow the organization to support new lawyers who are starting community-based, culturally sensitive small firms. 

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Cancer Legal Care: 
$3,000 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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Children's Law Center:
$3,000 to promote the legal and human rights of our community’s foster children, ages 10-21, who are entitled to representation.

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Children's Minnesota: $2,500 to sustain and enhance the work of Children’s Healthcare Legal Partnership and Community Connect, coordinated initiatives that address the broader social conditions that impact childhood health and well-being.

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Civil Society:
 $3,000 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: 
 $3,000 to provide culturally appropriate mediations services to people of color and low income community members in the Duluth area. 

Division of Indian Work
: $3,000 to support the Family Violence Prevention Program legal advocate's work.

Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County:
 $2,000 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.

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Housing Justice Center: $3,000 to provide tenant protection litigation counsel for neighborhood organizations.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota:
$3,000 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
$3,000 to continue delivering services and resources to assist New Americans in their transitions to a new life and economic self-sufficiency. 


JustUs Health: 
$2,000 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.

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Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers:
$5,000 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:
 $4,730.88 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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Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans: $3,000 to provide civil legal assistance to Minnesota Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

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Minnesota Justice Foundation:
 $6,500 to support one and one half summer law clerks to serve at legal aid programs in the metro area and in greater Minnesota.

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

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Minnesota Wills for Heroes:
$2,800 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.

Sojourner Project:
$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):
$3,000 for general support of its core legal services to domestic and sexual violence victims/survivors.

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  $3,000 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:
$4,000 to fund staff time for updating family law sample pleadings for volunteer attorneys to reflect current state laws and policies.


Erikka Ryan

Director of Equity, Inclusion and Foundations