The Kentucky Bar Foundation’s mission is to further the public’s understanding of the judicial system and the legal profession through programs and philanthropic partnerships that help those in need. One of the ways that the Foundation serves this mission is by awarding annual grants to law-related organizations and projects.
To be considered for a grant, your program must meet the following requirements, among others:
- Recipient must be a tax-exempt organization (e.g. 501(c)(3)).
- The program or project for which funding is requested must have a law-related purpose and provide services in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The application and instructions for the KBF's 2023 grants are available by clicking the buttons below. Completed applications will be due on March 15, 2023. This year's grants will be awarded on June 23, 2023 at our Annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon in Lexington.
Grant Application Instructions (pdf) Grant Application (.docx)
A Zoom Q&A Session will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
- You may register for the session by clicking here.
- If you are unable to attend, the session will be recorded and available by emailing a request to KBF Executive Director Guion Johnstone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
History of KBF Grant Recipients
The KBF has awarded more than $4.5 million in grants to support over 160 law-related programs and projects across Kentucky since 1988. To learn more about the agencies we've supported, click here.
2022 Kentucky Bar Foundation Grants
$305,000 in Grant Money Awarded
|Access Justice||Free Legal Clinic Support||$2,500|
|Access Language Solutions||Improving Legal Representation for Indigent Limited-English Proficient Litigants||$23,500|
|Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center||VidaNyx Digital Evidence Storage System||$15,000|
|Catholic Charities of Louisville||Immigration Legal Services Fee Waiver Program||$10,000|
|Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass||Minimal Facts Training Program||$10,000|
|Children's Law Center||Legal Services for At-Risk Children||$10,000|
|Family & Children's Place||Family & Children's Place's Advocacy Center||$10,000|
|Family Enrichment Center||Supervised Visitation||$10,000|
|The Healing Place||Peer Mentor Program||$5,000|
|Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions||Supervised Visitation||$30,000|
|KY CASA Network, Inc.||Data Input and Performance Measurement of CASA Advocacy in KY for Children Who Have Experienced Abuse, Neglect and Dependency||$11,500|
|Kentucky Equal Justice Center||Maxwell Street Legal Clinic: Transforming Lives through Work Authorization||$11,000|
|Kentucky High School Mock Trial Association, Inc.||Kentucky High School Mock Trial Tournaments||$7,500|
|Kentucky Innocence Project||Advancing Justice||$15,000|
|Kentucky Refugee Ministries||A5: Accessible Assistance for Asylum-Seekers and Abused Adolescents||$15,000|
|La Casita Center||Latinx-Led Legal Services and Outreach Program||$10,000|
|Legal Aid Society||Veterans Legal Assistance Program||$20,000|
|Lotus||Children's Advocacy Center "Hope Heal Grow" Mobile Unit||$7,500|
|Micah Legal Services||Expanding the Reach of Justice through Walk-In and Child Support Clinics||$12,500|
|The Nest-Center for Women, Children, and Families||The Nest's Intimate Partner Violence Legal Project||$10,000|
|Safe Harbor of Northeast KY||Legal Aid for Safe Harbor Victims||$15,000|
|Salmon P. Chase College of Law||Law School Scholarships||$10,000|
|Louis D. Brandeis School of Law||Law School Scholarships||$10,000|
|UK College of Law||Law Schools Scholarships||$10,000|
|KBA Distinguished Judge Award - Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr.||St. Benedict's Transitional Housing Program||$2,000|
|KBA Distinguished Lawyer Award - A.V. Conway, II||Friends of Sinners Recovery Program||$2,000|
|Kentucky YMCA Youth Association||KY YMCA Scholarship Fund||$10,000|