Profiles of recent grants

Throughout its history, the Ohio State Bar Foundation has provided financial support to organizations and programs designed to translate the mission of the Foundation into reality.

Download the Grant Application, the Grant Application Checklist or the Grant Agreement (PDF)


Ohio State Bar Foundation Grant Application Procedures


 BACKGROUND
The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a public charity committed to advancing the philanthropic interest of Ohio's Lawyers to recognize excellence, improve the justice system and enhance public understanding of the law throughout Ohio. Our core values include a commitment to a society served by a fair, impartial and accessible system of justice. We believe that such a justice system results from the combined efforts of private citizens, educators, judges and lawyers.

The Grants Program is one aspect of the Foundation's efforts to translate that mission and those values into reality.


PRE-SUBMISSION CONFERENCE
All proposals are screened and evaluated by staff before presentation to the Foundation Grants and Programs Committee. Potential grant applicants are required to schedule a pre-submission conference with staff prior to completing any grant request. To schedule a pre-submission conference please contact Kate Clements, Grants & Communications Coordinator at 614-487-4450 / 800-282-6556 / kclements@osbf.net.


 GUIDELINES FOR CONSIDERATION OF GRANT APPLICATIONS

The Ohio State Bar Foundation grant program assists organizations with law related projects that: (1) promote the pursuit of justice; (2) promote public understanding of the rule of law.  All grant requests must fulfill one of these two goals. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your project idea. While maintaining flexibility in considering grant applications, the Ohio State Bar Foundation Board of Trustees sets forth the following guidelines to aid potential applicants.  These factors are intended only to be advisory.
  • Single project – The project should be clearly defined. Projects that are innovative or address unmet needs will be favored.

  • Length of OSBF funding – The Foundation generally awards funding on an annual basis.  Funding for meritorious projects could be awarded beyond one year in special circumstances. 

  • Need – The applicant must demonstrate a need. Projects that duplicate similar services or programs already provided in an area may be disfavored. If there is a need for additional services of this nature, the applicant should demonstrate that they have developed means of coordinating with existing services.

  • Other sources of funding – Applicants are encouraged to identify other potential sources of funding or have secured such sources to make the project viable.

  • Geographic focus – The Foundation strives to fund projects in the state of Ohio with a focus placed on geographic diversity.

  • Replication/Dissemination plan - Applications must include a plan to disseminate or replicate the product produced with the Foundation’s grant funds.

  • Evaluation - Applicants should incorporate a means for evaluating the project and must complete the Foundation’s evaluation.

  • Resulting products – Copies of data, written materials, audio visual materials or other products developed as a result of the Foundation’s grant must be provided.


LIMITATIONS
The Ohio State Bar Foundation strives to identify and fund projects that most effectively further our mission of promoting the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.
 
Please review our list of recently funded projects to see the breadth of our work in the state of Ohio.
We recognize that much work remains to improve the public understanding of the law. As such, we have determined that our grant funds will not support:
  • Individuals, scholarships for individuals
  • Capital expenditure, construction, renovation, equipment or supplies
  • Debt reduction, retroactive funding
  • Endowment, endowment campaigns
  • Fundraising benefits or mass appeal solicitation
  • Political campaigns, election or political activities, propaganda, lobbying activities
  • Provision of direct legal services

If you have questions about what the Ohio State Bar Foundation might fund, please contact Kate Clements, Grants & Communications Coordinator, at 614-487-4450 / 800-282-6556 / kclements@osbf.net.


APPLICATION DEADLINES
Proposals are considered by the Foundation's Trustees twice each year. Deadlines for submitting grant applications are February 15 and August 15. Proposal decisions are made by June 30 and November 30.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Each proposal should include a completed Ohio State Bar Foundation Grant Application, and a one-page cover letter describing the project and the amount of funding being requested. In addition, the proposal should include: 

  • Organizational Background - History, mission, types of programs offered, constituencies served.
  • Project Description - Justification of need, statistics on socio-economic information for population served, specific goals and objectives, activities planned to meet goals and objectives, anticipated outcomes, anticipated challenges/difficulties, project timeline, qualifications of key personnel, methods of evaluation, collaborating organizations, linkages between the program and additional community resources.
  • Project Budget - Anticipated expenses, including details about how Foundation funds will be used, and anticipated income, including information about other sources approached for funding.
  • Organizational Budget - Current year budget and proposed budget for project year(s) showing both income and expenses, the organization's most recent audited financial statement and 990.
  • Supporting Documents - List of current board of trustees, letters of support, readily available printed material about the organization such as annual reports or brochures, IRS letter confirming Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) status and classification as a public charity or information confirming status as a governmental unit or agency. 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

All grant applications and requests for information should be addressed to:

Kate Clements
Ohio State Bar Foundation 
1700 Lake Shore Drive
P.O. Box 16562 
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6562 

Please do not submit proposals in notebooks, binders or plastic folders.


PRE-SUBMISSION CONFERENCE
All proposals are screened and evaluated by staff before presentation to the Foundation Grants and Programs Committee. Potential grant applicants are required to schedule a pre-submission conference with staff prior to completing any grant request. To schedule a pre-submission conference please contact Kate Clements at 614-487-4450 / 800-282-6556 / kclements@osbf.net.