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.

If you’re interested in applying for a Kentucky Bar Foundation grant and you meet all of these requirements, please request a grant application using the link below, or call the KBF at (502) 564-3795. 

The KBF's 2018 grants were awarded in June 2018.  The application for the KBF's 2019 grants will be available in January 2019, and completed applications will be due on March 15, 2019.  The KBF's 2019 grants will be awarded in June 2019 at the KBF's annual Fellows & Partners for Justice Society Luncheon.

Request Grant Application

History of KBF Grant Recipients

The KBF has awarded more than $3.5 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.

2018 Kentucky Bar Foundation Grants

$250,000 in Grant Money Awarded

Organization Program Amount
Catholic Charities, Inc. Immigration Legal Assistance Project and Bakhita Labor Trafficking Conference $8,000
Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass Children's Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team Coordination $5,000
Community Foundation of Louisville Family Drug Treatment Court $10,000
Family & Children's Place Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center and Family & Children's Place Translation Services $5,000
The Healing Place, Inc. The Healing Place Peer Mentor Program $5,000
Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions Supervised Visitation Support $5,000
The International Center New Life Project - Enhancing Compliance with the Law and Supporting the Vulnerable in the Refugee & Immigrant Communities $8,000
Kentucky Equal Justice Center Maxwell Street Legal Clinic: Ensuring Security, Completing the Journey $8,000
Kentucky High School Mock Trial Association Kentucky High School Mock Trial Program $5,000
Kentucky Legal Aid Kentucky Legal Aid Website Design $15,000
Kentucky Refugee Ministries KRM Immigration Legal Services Fee Subsidies $8,000
Kentucky Resources Council Enhancing Access to Environmental Legal Services for Low-Income Individuals and Communities $10,000
Kentucky YMCA Youth Association Kentucky Supreme Court, International Court of Justice and National Judicial Competition $15,000
La Casita Center, Inc. Legal Services and Outreach $4,000
Legal Aid Society, Inc. Veterans Legal Services $15,000
Lexington Leadership Foundation Amachi Mentoring Support $5,000
Mentoring Plus Mentoring Plus $10,000
Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center Legal Links $10,000
The Nest - Center for Women, Children & Families The Nest's Interpersonal Violence Legal Project $10,000
NKY Regional Mental Health Community Corrections Program, Inc. Mental Health Recovery Support Services $10,000
Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass Production of Updated Collateral in Support of Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities $5,000
Prodigal Ministries, Inc. Client Advocacy and Support $5,000
Purchase Area Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center Court Preparation Program $2,000
Second Hope Ministries Second Hope House $6,000
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program $5,000
University of Pikeville Judicial Speaker Series $2,500
Uspiritus, Inc. Improving Child Welfare and Court Collaboration $6,000
CARE Credit Abuse Resistance Education $13,500
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law KBF Scholarship $10,000
Salmon P. Chase College of Law KBF Scholarship $10,000
University of Kentucky College of Law KBF Scholarship $10,000
KBA Distinguished Judge Award - Judge Brian C. Edwards, Louisville Louisville Bar Center's Summer Internship Program in Partnership with Central High School Law Magnet $2,000
KBA Distinguished Lawyer Award - Richard W. Hay, Somerset Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. $2,000
Past Grants