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.
Grants are awarded in the following areas:
· Legal Services for the Underserved
· Education about the Third Branch of Government
· Ethics and Professionalism in the Legal Profession
· Administration of Justice
· Victims Legal Services
How it Works:
A grant applicant creates an account in the Online Grants Portal, and then logs on to that account to access and start a new grant application. Your application can be saved as a draft, and when you log on again it’s easy to return to that draft, make edits, and submit the application. Each account maintains record of the application. Each account maintains a record of the application history that you can access at any time.
Once a grant is awarded, the Online Grants Portal allows grantees an easy way to see the status of their grant, check due dates, and submit electronic grant reports right from their account.
We recommend that you carefully read the instructions and reference materials found on this page before registering and starting your first application. Click here for instructions for creating an account in our new system.
The Texas Bar Foundation awards grants only to 501(c)3 charities serving the State of Texas, and, consequently, no grants are awarded to individuals. Bar Associations, though 501(c)6 organizations, and state entities can apply for project support that fits the Foundation’s mission.
To Preview the Application please click here PRIOR to creating an account.
Spring submission deadline is January 15, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Click the Login button to access the Online Grants Portal.
Please call Amy Weir at (512) 480-8000 if you have questions.
Hurricane Harvey Emergency Grants
These emergency grants were awarded from September 2017 through June 2019 to law-related projects falling within our mission statement. Emergency Grants were funded from donations specifically designated to Hurricane Harvey Relief. A list of the grant recipients is below.
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:
The Texas Bar Foundation will award over $1,350,000 next bar year to non profit organizations conducting programs that fit the Foundation’s mission.
A total of $1,376,351 in grants was awarded to 89 organizations during the 2018 – 2019 grant cycle. Since inception, more than $20 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.
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