San Diego County Bar Foundation grants are awarded to organizations that offer legal services and promote understanding of the legal system with funds used to assist victims of poverty, abuse and discrimination. The grants also support programs that educate children and adults about the legal system and individuals’ rights and responsibilities. The board and Foundation staff expertly review each application and organization before a grant is awarded.
The Foundation’s funds come from contributions from the local legal and business communities and from fundraising programs throughout the year. We have funded over 50 legal aid and public interest organizations who provide direct support to abused women and children, immigrants seeking political asylum, the working poor who cannot afford legal representation, and others who are in desperate need of legal assistance and have nowhere else to turn.
Since its inception, the San Diego County Bar Foundation has granted over $3 million throughout the County. The legal aid and public interest organizations supported by the SDCBF include:
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
California Western School of Law/Community Law Project
California Veterans Legal Task Force
Casa Cornelia Law Center
Casa de Amparo
Center for Community Solutions
Children at Risk
Children’s Advocacy Institute at the USD
Coming Home to Stay
The Community Resource Center
The Crime Victims Fund
Elder Law and Advocacy
Equality Alliance of San Diego
Father Joe’s Villages
Girls Think Tank
Home of Guiding Hands
International Rescue Committee
Jewish Family Service
Karen Organization of San Diego
Kids Included Together
La Cuna, Inc.
Labor Training and Community Development Alliance
Legal Aid Society of San Diego
License to Freedom
National Center on Deaf Advocacy
Parkinson’s Association of San Diego County
Peninsula Family YMCA
Professional Alliance for Children
Saint Clare’s Home
San Diego Advocates for Social Justice
San Diego Coastkeeper
San Diego Family Justice Center Foundation
San Diego Justice Foundation for the San Diego Superior Court
San Diego Teen Court, Inc.
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
Southwest Center for Asian Pacific American Law
Survivors of Torture International
Voices for Children
Volunteers in Parole of San Diego County
Women’s Resource Fair
YMCA of San Diego County
YWCA of San Diego County
2017 Grant Applications
We are in the process of finalizing the 2017 Grant Applications. Please check back soon for more information on applying for a 2017 Grant. We will be accepting applications for both the General Grant Cycle as well as the Indigent Criminal Defense Fund once the Application period opens.
- General Grant Cycle
Applications that facilitate and expand the availability of legal services, improve the administration of justice and the San Diego court system; and/or promote public understanding of the law.
- Indigent Criminal Defense Fund
Funding will be provided exclusively for the furtherance of and to support Indigent Criminal Defense purposes, including programs, projects and activities in San Diego County.
Note: Funding will be provided for start-up projects or on-going program support. With prior approval from the SDCBF’s Director of Administration, legal aid organizations may apply for operating support.
All submissions for the 2017 general grant cycle are due September 1, 2017 at 11:59pm.
To apply for a Bar Foundation grant please click call our administrative office at (619) 231-7015
Your donations will provide access to justice to the San Diego community. To support our grant funds, please consider making a charitable contribution to the Foundation.