Ramsey County Bar Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial support to programs in the Ramsey County geographic area that benefit the legal profession, improve the quality and accessibility of justice, and would otherwise attract the interest and support of Ramsey County lawyers.

Grants are awarded to organizations that:

  • Educate all segments of the public in government and the legal system.
  • Promote and provide legal services to persons of limited means through grants to legal services providers.
  • Improve the administration of justice and the quality and functioning of the legal system.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today and supporting the organizations funded by the Ramsey County Bar Foundation and future lawyers who will make a difference. All contributors will be acknowledged in the Barrister.

If your contribution is in honor or memory of someone, please indicate the name(s) at the time of payment or send an email to aidinge@mnbars.org

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Grant Applications

The 2020 grant application is attached  as a PDF and Word document below.
PDF- RCBF_Grant_Application_2020 
Word- RCBF 2020 Grant Application

Completed applications are due on Friday, February 28, 2020.  For more information, contact Amanda Idinge at 612-752-6614.

2019 Foundation grants were awarded in April. Please see the list of our 2019-2019 grantees below. 

Law Student Scholarships

The Ramsey County Bar Foundation will award scholarships of up to $6,000 to law students who attend a Minnesota law school and who are members of a group traditionally under-represented in the legal profession (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability). The applicant must be a current law student with a record of academic or professional achievement and must display leadership qualities through past work experience, community involvement or student activities.

In 2019, six local law students received scholarships from the foundation as recommended by the RCBA Diversity Committee. Applications for the 2019 scholarship are due Friday, February 21, 2020.

RCBF Scholarship Application

Major Fundraising Events

Annual Bench & Bar Benefit

The Benefit, held in the fall of each year, is the major fundraiser for the foundation. Half of the money raised at the Benefit is given directly to Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. The other half is awarded in grants to other law-related organizations. In 2019, the Benefit raised nearly $43,000.

Charity Golf Tournament

The annual RCBF Golf Tournament is also a significant fundraiser for the foundation. The 2019 tournament raised over $15,000.The 2020 tournament will be held at Keller Golf Course on Monday, July 27, 2020.

Member Donations

Generous donations from Ramsey County Bar Association members complement the funds raised by the foundation fundraisers.

2018-2019 Grant Recipients

The mission of the Ramsey County Bar Foundation is to provide financial support to programs in the Ramsey County geographic area that benefit the legal profession, improve the quality and accessibility of justice, and would otherwise attract the interest and support of Ramsey County lawyers.

The following organizations were recipients of grants from the foundation during the past year:

Advocates for Human Rights received a grant to provide free, essential legal representation in asylum cases, work authorization applications, and post-asylum family reunification and permanent residence applications. 

Asian Women United of Minnesota provides direct legal services such as accompaniment to court hearings; assistance in writing affidavits, protection orders; and matters of child custody, divorce, and immigration.

Children’s Law Center of Minnesota received a grant to support direct representation of children in foster care, advocacy of systems reform, education and outreach.

Children’s Minnesota received a grant to support support Children’s Minnesota’s Healthcare Legal Partnership to help address the social conditions that stand in the way of healthy kids and families.

Civil Society received a grant to provide legal services to domestic and international human trafficking victims in Ramsey County.

Collaborative Community Law Initiative received funds to provide training and mentoring to new lawyers to help them establish practices that serve low- to moderate income communities.

Dispute Resolution Center received a grant to provide accessible, effective, and affordable alternative dispute resolution services to residents in Ramsey County.

HOME Line received a grant to support its tenant hot-line and High School Renters Education Program.

Innocence Project of Minnesota received a grant to support its public outreach and legal education programs that address the issues of wrongful convictions.

JustUs Health received a grant to partially fund JustUs Health’s direct staff cost and increasing legal services for the LGBTQ community. 

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers an organization offering free, confidential help to lawyers, judges and law students with chemical dependency and other mental health issues, received a grant to support its core services.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota received a grant to provide a loan repayment award to an attorney serving low-income residents in Ramsey County.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans received a grant to provide legal services for homeless veterans and their families in crisis in Ramsey County.

Minnesota Elder Justice Center received a grant to provide legal advocacy, education and representation for victims of elder abuse. 

Minnesota Justice Foundation received a grant to partially fund one MJF Summer Clerkship in Ramsey County. MJF supports pro bono legal services and provides law students with practical experience and opportunities to work in public interest and poverty law.

Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc. an organization that provides comprehensive criminal defense and crime prevention services to low-income persons, received general operating support.

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services received half of the Ramsey County Bar Foundation Bench & Bar Benefit’s proceeds to assist in its administration of volunteer attorney programs in Ramsey County.

The St. Paul & Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (Bridges to Safety) received a grant to provide victims of domestic violence and their children access to critical ongoing services. 

Tubman received a grant to support its Legal Services Program in Ramsey County, which provides legal representation, advice, advocacy and information addressing domestic violence and family law issues.


For more information about the RCBF contact:

Athena Hollins
ahollins@mnbars.org
Ramsey County Bar Foundation
332 Minnesota St., W-710
St. Paul, MN 55101
612-278-6321

Amanda Idinge
aidinge@mnbars.org
Ramsey County Bar Foundation
332 Minnesota St., W-710
St. Paul, MN 55101
612-752-6614

 
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