For the first time in its history, the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) is providing up to $500,000 in grant funding exclusively to support initiatives focused on long-lasting impact and institutional change for racial justice. This grant money will be given out in addition to the Foundation’s traditional fall grant cycle.
 
“The OSBF launched this new $500,000 initiative to educate and support positive institutional change regarding race and the quest for equal legal justice,” OSBF President Mark Kitrick said. “In addition to our fall grant cycle, this grant money will be available to nonprofit organizations that are working on long-term, sustainable projects specifically designed to address racism in our legal system. We especially hope to support nonprofits that are collaborating with other organizations working toward racial justice here in Ohio.”
 
Grant applications for OSBF’s new Racial Justice Initiative should specifically address and support initiatives concerning systemic racism that hinder the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law for the historically marginalized communities of color in Ohio.
 
“Since our grantmaking efforts began in 1992, the OSBF has given more than $12.5 million in grants to help build a better justice system throughout our great state; many of these grants have benefited racial minorities," OSBF Executive Director Lori Keating said. “This is the first time, however, that we have created an additional grant cycle for the sole purpose of addressing systemic racial inequities in our legal system. I am pleased that our Board of Trustees has taken significant action in supporting Ohio nonprofits to respond to the racial disparities that are now at the forefront of our awareness.” 

Grant funding for the Racial Justice Initiative will occur in phases. The deadline for phase one is Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. Subsequent phase deadlines will occur on Oct. 15, 2020, Jan. 15, 2021 and March 15, 2021. Applications that are submitted after one of the deadlines will be considered for the next phase, pending availability of funds and continuance of the initiative.

Organizations can apply for the Racial Justice Initiative grant by submitting an application through OSBF’s online portal, which can be accessed at OSBF.org/RacialJustice. Organizations may apply for grant money through this new initiative and through the Foundation’s traditional fall grant cycle as long as the applications are completely unrelated.

For organizations looking for more information and assistance on completing an application, OSBF’s Racial Justice Initiative webpage has helpful resources available to download at OSBF.org/RacialJustice.
 
Each year, the OSBF gives away hundreds of thousands of dollars through its grantmaking efforts. This year, with its new Racial Justice Initiative grant, the Foundation will give away more than one million dollars to Ohio nonprofits.
 
If you have any questions about OSBF’s grantmaking, contact OSBF Grants Manager Tiffany Patterson at (614) 487-4483 or TPatterson@OSBF.net.

The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) grantmaking organization and is the largest bar foundation in the U.S. The OSBF works to advance the law and build a better justice system by awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants annually to nonprofit organizations across Ohio. For more information about the Foundation, or to donate to the organization, please visit OSBF.org.