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How do I... apply for Missouri Bar Foundation grants?

Here’s what you need to know about applying for grants prior to the Aug. 3 deadline

The Missouri Bar Foundation Board of Trustees accepts grant proposals throughout the year until the deadline on Aug. 3. Funding decisions will be made at the January 2024 meeting of the Board of Trustees. Applications received after Aug. 3, 2023 will not be evaluated until January 2025.  

Who can apply? 

Grants are typically limited to organizations and activities performed within Missouri. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.  

What is the application process? 

To apply, submit a proposal to The Missouri Bar Foundation that includes the following information: (Note: DO NOT submit proposals in notebooks, binders, or plastic folders) 

  • A one-page cover letter summarizing the project, including the amount of requested funding. 
  • Organizational background: Provide a brief history and mission of your organization, along with an overview of its current programs and any affiliations. Include the principal geographic area of service and the specific region or regions served. 
  • Project description: Briefly summarize the proposal, including the following: 
  • Description of need 
  • Target population 
  • Specific goals and objectives 
  • Activities planned to meet those goals 
  • Anticipated outcomes 
  • Expected challenges 
  • Project timeline 
  • Methods of evaluation 
  • Any collaborating organizations 
  • Any linkages between the program and other community resources 
  • Statewide impact of a project is a key consideration; please include information regarding the statewide reach of the project. 
  • Project budget: Include a detailed budget for the project. Be sure to address how the foundation funds will be used. Provide information about the total anticipated income and other potential or acquired sources of funding. 
  • A completed Grant Application, available here.

Address any proposals or questions to: The Missouri Bar Foundation 326 Monroe | P.O. Box 119 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-638-2227 Email: FoundationAwards@mobar.org  

The foundation cannot fund all grant applications it receives and cannot always meet the time constraints of some applications. The foundation may award limited or partial grants or may pay grants in installments. The foundation rarely funds the same project for multiple years.