The New York Bar Foundation Grant program
The New York Bar Foundation solicits charitable contributions and
provides funding to enhance the rule of law and the system of justice in New
York. Grants are awarded in these four areas:
- Facilitating the delivery of legal services
- Improving the justice system and the law
- Enhancing professional competence and ethics
- Increasing public understanding of the law
rule of law is a powerful concept that can bring people together in these
fractious times. The basic idea is that governments guided by the Rule of Law
provide a level playing field, evenhandedly applying a well-publicized set of
laws, allowing fundamental rights to flourish, and providing other
preconditions for justice to be done. The board of directors of the Foundation
set a goal to improve rule of law adherence in New York State and sought to
measure progress toward that goal. The board determined to focus on improving
access to civil justice, an area of significant concern and need.
keeping with our Rule of Law theme, the Foundation’s grant making in the coming
year prioritizes funding for civil legal services programs assisting with the
essentials of life, namely:
- consumer debt;
- housing (including evictions,
foreclosures, and homelessness);
matters (including domestic violence, children, and family stability);
- access to health care; access to
- subsistence income
(including wages, disability and other benefits).
Since the Foundation is one of few organizations that make law-related grants across the state, some of its grant making can be targeted specifically to the needs that have been identified locality by locality. For example: In Albany County: guardianship cases related to parents battling drug addiction; contested divorces; housing (landlord/tenant and foreclosure); immigration; access to public assistance; other drug addiction-related legal problems; and elder law. In Queens County: housing; family law; immigration. In Suffolk County: family law (divorce cases, post-judgment divorce issues, child support); immigration (deportation defense, citizen applications, education, and eviction); re-entry (for veterans/service members and formerly incarcerated individuals). The Foundation is also determined to reach rural areas of the state. It will also fund programs providing legal assistance for non-litigation civil matters related to housing, family law, immigration, and income maintenance. By better serving under-served people in these areas, we reinforce the rule of law as a unifying cornerstone of our democracy, improving individual lives as well as the health of the body politic.
In an effort to streamline our process, we’ve migrated to an
on-line system, offering you the opportunity to draft, save and submit your
application at your convenience. Our system allows you to upload the documents
that are necessary to submit your application with ease. All you need to do is
create an account for your organization, and apply!
2020 Grant Applications will be accepted August 1, 2019 through September 15, 2019. The deadline to submit an application for a grant to be used during 2020 is September 15, 2019.
** Please note, no
paper applications will be accepted.
- The grant application is available here.
- Guidelines are available here.
- Grantee reporting form here.