The Texas Bar Foundation solicits charitable contributions and provides funding to enhance the rule of law and the system of justice in Texas, especially for programs that relate to the administration of justice; ethics in the legal profession; legal assistance for the needy; the encouragement of legal research, publications and forums; and the education of the public.
There are currently 2 types of grants:
1) Hurricane Harvey Emergency Grants
These grants can only be given if the project falls within our mission statement (above) and is law-related.
Emergency Grants cannot be given to individuals, only 501(c)3 non-profit organizations and 501(c)6 bar associations. Emergency grant applications will be reviewed and funded on a weekly basis as resources allow.
2) Traditional Bi-Annual Grants
Grants are awarded in the following areas:
Legal Services for the Underserved
Education of the Third Branch of Government
Ethics and Professionalism in the Legal Profession
Administration of Justice
DEADLINES! July 15 for the October review; January 15 for the April review.
The Texas Bar Foundation will be moving to an online application for the July 2018 deadline. Please check in May for more details. For any grant related questions, please contact Amy Weir at (512) 480-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Texas Bar Foundation will award $1,010,000 this bar year to non profit organizations conducting programs that fit the Foundation’s mission.
A total of $1,001,557 in grants was awarded to 82 organizations during the 2015 – 2016 grant cycle. Since inception, more than $17 million in grants has been awarded to charitable organizations across Texas.
The Texas Bar Foundation does not make grants to individuals, only to 501(c)3 organizations as designated by the Internal Revenue Service or affiliates of the State Bar of Texas. All grant decisions are made by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. The Board reserves the right to defer any application to a later grant cycle.
Who Receives Funding
Click here to read some of our grantees’ stories.
It is impossible to tell the story of all of the Foundation’s grantees. Click the links below to review funding from the past few years: