Minnesota State Bar Foundation

Grant Recipients

The following grants have been awarded between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017:

Alexandra House Inc:  $1000 to help provide legal representation, when needed, to victims of domestic and sexual violence seeking Orders for Protections.

All Parks Alliance for Change:
  $1500 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.

Anishinabe Legal Services:  $2000 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.

Anna Marie's Alliance:  
$2000 in funding for the Criminal Justice Intervention Program to provide advocacy, legal support, and education to women who are victims of domestic violence.

Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project:  
$1500 to support its core legal services to domestic and sexual violence victims and children.

Call for Justice:  $3000 to continue our "Greater MN Legal Liaison Program" which educates greater MN social service agencies, churches, and other nonprofits on statewide legal resources that assist low-income Minnesotans in legal need, a project launched in late 2014 using MSBF grant 

Cancer Legal Line: 
$1340 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.

Children's Law Center of Minnesota:  $2680 to fund ongoing legal representation for Minnesota children/youth ages 10-21 who have become involved in the state child protection system.

Collaborative Community Law Initiative:
 $1500 to continue to reinvent the rules of small and solo practice by supporting our training incubator for new lawyers interested in establishing law practices that serve the underserved.

Council on American-Islamic Relations MN Chapter:  $2000 to cover the costs of providing legal services and advocacy to Minnesota Muslims facing religious and ethnic discrimination.

Dispute Resolution Center:
  $1500 to help provide free and low-cost alternative dispute resolution services to lower-income individuals, families, and communities in the East Metro Area.

Fifth Judicial District Administration (Civic Ctr):  $1500 to increase access for an alternative dispute resolution process (Early Neutral Evaluation) in the Fifth Judicial District for low income parties granted In Forma Pauperis (IFP) status with the Courts.

HOME Line:
  $1000 to provide its free tenant hotline services to Minnesota renters throughout the state, including renters who speak only Spanish or Somali.

Hope Coalition:  $1500 in operating support for the legal advocacy services component of their Sexual Assault Services program in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties, MN.

ICWA Law Center:  
$1000 in general operating support to provide legal services to low-income Indian families impacted by the child protection system and to be a comprehensive legal resource regarding the mandates and intent of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota:
  $1500 to provide comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees and to conduct legal education and outreach in diverse communities.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers:  $5360 to fund its peer and professional support and awareness services for lawyers, law students and judges across the State of Minnesota.

Legal Rights Center, Inc.:
  $1500 to provide comprehensive, problem-solving, assistance to low-income representation clients, in conjunction with outreach that enables wide community access to
justice and ADR services.

Legal Services of NW Minnesota (Moorhead): $1675 to support and expand the community education components of the Combatting Abuse in Later Life (CALL) Project. 

Loan Repayment Assistance Program: $2000 to enable two legal aid attorneys to continue their vital work representing hundreds of low-income clients in Greater Minnesota.

Minnesota AIDS Project:  $1500 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 Assistance Council for Veterans:  $3350 to supports its Vetlaw program, which provides legal services to in-crisis and homeless veterans.

Minnesota Justice Foundation:
 $5000 to support one and one half summer law clerks to serve at legal aid programs in the metro area and in greater Minnesota in the summer of 2017.

MSBA Mock Trial Program: $6700 to support the Mock Trial Program.

Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc.:  $3500 to help community members with the most need to have meaningful access to high quality legal representation, education and expungement services, to ensure equal access to justice for all.

North Shore Horizons Inc:  $1500 to provide facilitation of the Lake County Coordinated Community Response Team for domestic and sexual violence policy and protocol review.

Saint Paul and Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project:
  $2500 to provide 24-hour crisis support, legal advocacy and holistic transitional services to enable victims of domestic abuse to achieve safety from violence, live free from violence and become self-sufficient.

Sexual Assault Program of Northern St Louis County:  $1000 to support legal advocacy with individuals and families that are direct victims of sexual violence whom reside in the service area of the Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County.

Southern Minnesota Alternative Dispute Resolution Program:  
$2500 to educate the Spanish-speaking community about our services; to help train additional volunteer mediators (including bilinguals), thereby decreasing the number of cases that must come before the Rice District County Court; to train restorative justice volunteers.

The Advocates for Human Rights: 
$1500 to support our Refugee and Immigrant Program which provides free legal services to indigent asylum seekers in Minnesota.

Tubman:  $2000 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.