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 2019 grants were awarded in June 2019. The application for the KBF's 2020 grants will be available in January 2020, and completed applications will be due on March 15, 2020. The KBF's 2020 grants will be awarded in June 2020 at the KBF's annual Fellows & Partners for Justice Society Luncheon.
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.
2019 Kentucky Bar Foundation Grants
$260,000 in Grant Money Awarded
|Brighton Center, Inc., Northern Kentucky||Reducing Legal Barriers for Opportunity Youth||$10,000|
|CASA of Madison County||Court Appointed Special Advocates||$2,000|
|Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Owensboro||Immigration Clinics and Housing/Budgeting Presentations to Vulnerable Populations||$10,000|
|Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc.||Immigration Legal Services for Low-Income Earning Persons||$10,000|
|Centerstone Kentucky||Improving Child Welfare and Court Collaboration||$10,000|
|Chrysalis House, Inc., Statewide||Accessing the Court System and Resolving Legal Issues for Chrysalis House Women||$7,500|
|Credit Abuse Resistance Education, Statewide||CARE Programs||$8,000|
|Doctors & Lawyers for Kids, Jefferson County||Doctors & Lawyers for Kids at Smoketown Family Community Wellness Center||$10,000|
|Family Enrichment Center, South Central Kentucky||Supervised Visitation Services||$5,000|
|Friends of the Jefferson County Public Law Library||Fresh Start Expungement Program||$10,000|
|Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions, Northern Kentucky||Supervised Visitation Support||$5,000|
|HOTEL, INC., Warren County||Preferred Tenant Program||$10,000|
|The Institute for Compassion in Justice, Inc., Central and Eastern Kentucky||Rural Central and Eastern Kentucky Educational Advocacy Program||$15,000|
|Kentucky Access to Justice Commission||Legal Advice v. Legal Information: A Guide for Court Clerks||$3,000|
|Kentucky Equal Justice Center||Building the Bridge to Citizenship: Lawful Permanent Residence||$11,000|
|Kentucky High School Mock Trial Association, Inc.||Kentucky High School Mock Trial Program||$10,000|
|Kentucky Resources Council||Enhancing Access to Environmental Legal Services for Low-Income Individuals and Communities||$5,000|
|Kentucky YMCA Youth Association||Kentucky Youth Assembly and Kentucky United Nations Assembly||$15,000|
|La Casita Center, Inc., Louisville Metro||Legal Services and Outreach||$10,000|
|Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, Central and Northern Kentucky||Roadmaps to Justice||$10,000|
|Legal Aid Society, Inc., Jefferson and Surrounding Counties||Veterans Legal Assistance Program||$10,000|
|Lotus, Western Kentucky||Be BRAVE: Court Preparation Activity Books for Children||$8,000|
|Micah Legal Services, Inc., Fayette County||Fee Subsidies for Indigent Clients||$7,500|
|The Nest-Center for Women, Children & Families||The Nest's Interpersonal Violence Legal Project||$10,000|
|Prodigal Ministries, Inc., Statewide||Client Advocacy and Support||$7,500|
|Sanctuary, Inc., Western Kentucky||Sanctuary, Inc. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims - Emergency Protective Order Services Project||$3,000|
|University of Pikeville, Eastern Kentucky||Judicial Speaker Series||$3,500|
|Salmon P. Chase College of Law||KBF Scholarship||$10,000|
|University of Kentucky College of Law||KBF Scholarship||$10,000|
|Louis D. Brandeis School of Law||KBF Scholarship||$10,000|
|KBA Distinguished Judge Award - Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes, Louisville||Jefferson Family Recovery Court||$2,000|
|KBA Distinguished Lawyer Award - Charles "Buzz" E. English, Jr., Bowling Green||University of Kentucky College of Law's Trial Advocacy Board||$2,000|