2021 ADR Grant Application

Deadline: March 31, 2021 

(Award for Spring/Early Summer 2021) 


The mission of the ADR Section is to advance and promote the field of conflict management and dispute resolution, and to improve the practice, elevate the standards, and educate practitioners, the bench, and the public regarding ADR in Minnesota. 

GRANT CRITERIA - Focus of this Term's Grant Program: 

An important part of the Section’s mission is our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals of: 

Connecting with underrepresented groups from both visible and invisible diverse communities; creating welcoming environments to bring inclusion into practice; and embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into educational programming in the ADR field.

The Section this year is also focusing on funding projects that have experienced financial hardships because of COVID-19, specifically, helping programs bridge funding gaps for existing programming.

Guidelines of general grant criteria - the following intend to be flexible and and not exclusive for decision making within the ADR Council:       

  • Programs and projects relating to ADR education for the public including publications, workshops, and related programs.

  • Programs and projects directed to under-served populations. 

  • Programs and projects having as their purpose the improvement of the administration of justice through the use of alternative dispute resolution, including providing information to the public so that it might better understand the Courts and dispute resolution options. 

  • Programs and projects supporting or promoting public interest work related to the use of ADR including the work of community mediation organizations, staff, and volunteers. 


The ADR Section recognizes that its existence and its ability to carry out its mission and goals follows from the cooperation and support it receives from Section members, who are the primary source of all funds available to the Section.  The Section therefore feels deeply obligated to pursue policies and make grants to such programs and causes as it believes will attract the special interest and support of ADR professionals in the State of Minnesota.

The ADR Section allocates up to $5,000 per year for grants to non-profit organizations for projects in furtherance of the Section’s goals.

The Section does NOT provide funds to be used for propaganda or lobbying activities.

The ADR Section will, in allocating its funds, attempt to maintain a proper balance between:

  • those new and innovative programs that may be of an experimental nature and that need assistance in the form of "seed money"; and 
  • those projects of special concern to ADR professionals that are of a continuing nature and need periodic contributions to their operating budgets.


Applications must be completed on the current MSBA ADR Section Grant Application form and comply with all of its requirements. 

If the Applicant has received a previous MSBA ADR grant, the Applicant must have completed the Section’s required Grant Evaluation Report for the previous grant and/or include this information within the new grant application. 

At the end of the proposed program or project, and periodically for longer projects as requested by the Executive Council or Grant Committee, the Applicant must report on the organization’s progress towards its goals for the program or project.

The Applicant’s track record for achieving the results for which funds were previously granted by the Section, the MSBA, the Minnesota State Bar Foundation and other public and private sources, will be considered.