Louisville Bar Foundation accepts grant applications for projects
that fulfill one or more of the following objectives:
that improve access to the legal system by persons of limited financial
means and, if possible, produce a tangible product that can be distributed
to the public.
that promote better access to legal information and improved perception
of the justice system by minorities.
that improve the operation of, and public confidence in, the Jefferson
that provide public education about our legal system and promote a positive
image of the legal profession.
Grant applications must use the LBF Application Form. Applications are accepted at any time; however, the LBA Board makes funding decisions on a semi-annual basis.
The following deadlines have been
established for 2014:
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY:
CONSIDERATION BY THE BOARD IN:
April 11, 2014
applications will be accepted from organizations that are recognized by
the IRS as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code or similar exempt organizations. Grants will not be made to individuals.
of Grant Application
grant applications must be "sponsored" by an attorney who is
a current member of the Louisville Bar Association. The sponsoring attorney
must agree to be an active volunteer participant in the proposed project.
A letter of endorsement from the sponsoring attorney must accompany the
application. The LBF will give preference to projects with significant
volunteer involvement by attorneys.
The LBF will distribute approximately $120,000 in grants during the 2014 calendar
year. The typical grant has been in the $2,500 to $10,000 range.
extraordinary circumstances, the LBF does not fund grant requests for
capital construction projects or endowment campaigns, nor does it purchase
tickets or sponsorships for charitable dinners, golf tournaments or other
special events, regardless of the nature or work of the requesting organization.
Board support for otherwise qualified multi-year projects and staff positions
will be considered, but the applicant must provide specific, detailed
information about plans to secure future funding for the project or position.
Multi-year funding from the LBF is rare, and is restricted to several
pre-selected organizations which have a long-standing relationship with
the Foundation. Successive annual requests for funding by an organization
may be viewed by the LBF as a multi-year request.
Review and Notification Process
If the application meets the minimum requirements established by the Foundation, the application
will be reviewed by the Grants Committee. Applicants may be contacted for
an interview and possibly a site visit. Based upon Committee review, a recommendation
regarding funding will be made to the Board. The Board approves all grant
The LBF will
acknowledge in writing the receipt of each grant application. Notification of awards
will be made in writing.
If your organization has a project or program that meets the Louisville Bar Foundation Funding Priorities, please download and complete an application. Return your completed application and sponsoring attorney letter of endorsement to:
Louisville Bar Foundation, Inc.
600 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-2949
To download and print
a grant application form, click here.