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.

Application Details

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)

***Q&A Session***

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

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

Organization Program Amount
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
Past Grants