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 2021 grants were awarded in June 2021.  The application for the KBF's 2022 grants will be available in January 2022, and completed applications will be due on March 15, 2022.  The KBF's 2022 grants will be awarded in June 2022 at our Annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon in Owensboro.

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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

Organization Program Amount
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
Past Grants