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 2017 grants were awarded in June 2017.  The application for the KBF's 2018 grants will be available in January 2018, and completed applications will be due on March 15, 2018.  The KBF's 2018 grants will be awarded in June 2018 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 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.

2017 Kentucky Bar Foundation Grants

$265,000 in Grant Money Awarded

Organization Program Amount
Appalachian Citizens' Law Center Black Lung Project $10,000
Boulware Mission, Inc. Court Referral Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program for Women $10,000
Catholic Charities, Inc. Immigration Legal Assistance Project $20,000
Children's Law Center, Inc. Pro Se Child Custody Clinic $12,000
Doctors & Lawyers for Kids Capacity Building Initiative $10,000
ElderServe ElderServe's Crime Victim Services $5,000
Family & Childen's Place Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center & Shively Visitation Center $10,000
Family Enrichment Center Part-time Supervised Visitation Monitor & Brown Bag Trainings $7,000
The Healing Place, Inc. The Healing Place Peer Mentor Program $5,000
The International Center New Life Project - Preventing Violence & Supporting Survivors in the Refugee & Immigrant Communities $20,000
Kentucky Equal Justice Center Maxwell Street Legal Clinic: Preparing Families, Protecting Children $11,000
Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program Foundation KYLAP Volunteer Training and Retreat $10,000
Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. Fee Subsidies for Vulnerable Refugees & Immigrants $11,000
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass Legal Aid University $5,000
Legal Aid Society, Inc. Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans Program $15,000
Mediation Center of Kentucky Family Motion Hour Mediation Program $5,000
Mentoring Plus Mentoring Plus $10,000
The Nest - Center for Women, Children & Families The Nest's Interpersonal Violence Legal Project $5,000
Soup for the Soul, Inc. Community Service Volunteer Project $5,000
Sunrise Children's Services Partnering with the Courts to Provide Life Changing Services for Vulnerable Children & Troubled Families $15,000
Uspiritus, Inc. Improving Child Welfare & Court Collaboration $12,000
YouthBuild Louisville YouthBuild Louisville $2,000
CARE Credit Abuse Resistance Education $16,000
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 Thomas B. Russell, Paducah Kentucky Legal Aid (to be designated for Paducah) $2,000
KBA Distinguished Lawyer Award - Pierce W. Hamblin, Lexington Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (to be designated for Legal Assistance to Kentucky Veterans) $2,000
Past Grants