San Diego County Bar Foundation Calls for Grant Submissions

Applications for 2019 General Grant Fund and Indigent Criminal Defense Fund are Now Open 

SAN DIEGO (July 06, 2018) – The San Diego County Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual grant cycle. The Bar Foundation’s grant program awards local organizations that promote an understanding of the legal system and support victims of poverty, abuse and discrimination.

Since beginning its grant program in 1979, the Bar Foundation has awarded over 50 legal aid and public interest organizations with more than $3 million to provide legal services to community members in need. This past year, the Bar Foundation awarded 20 local organizations with $395,000.

The Bar Foundation offers two funds: The General Grant Fund is for organizations committed to the public understanding of the law and expansion of legal services available to San Diego County residents. The Indigent Criminal Defense Fund is awarded to organizations which provide legal assistance to accused individuals who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

“Whether it’s a matter of immigration, poverty, abuse or any form of discrimination, the Bar Foundation is dedicated to achieving justice in San Diego County,” said Neal Rockwood, president of the Bar Foundation board of directors.

The Bar Foundation’s grants are made possible by contributions from San Diego’s legal and business communities. Its annual fundraiser, “An Evening in La Jolla” will be hosted on October 6.

Submissions for the San Diego County Bar Foundation’s Indigent Criminal Defense Fund are due August 1 and applications for the General Grant Fund are due September 1.

Organizations interested can apply at:

About San Diego County Bar Foundation
The San Diego County Bar Foundation (SDCBF) is the charitable arm of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA). Through this partnership with the San Diego County legal community, SDCBF aims to benefit underprivileged communities in the region, by providing them with access to support, funding and public service programs with legal services. The foundation’s beneficiaries include more than 50 legal aid and public interest organizations. For more information, visit