The Colorado Bar Foundation awards annual grants to support non-profit applicants who assist in the provision or improved delivery of legal services to the disadvantaged, promote law-related education, and/or improve the administration of justice. The CBF Grant Program has awarded more than $1.8 million to support communities across Colorado. Since 2013 the Foundation has made significant grants to COLTAF to provide funds to support pro bono legal services across Colorado.
The CBF Grant Program supports statewide, regional or local projects with demonstrated community need. The Foundation prefers to fund specific program expenses rather than allocate grant awards toward general operating funds. The Foundation also considers the availability of other grant funds including COLTAF and CBA section support when allocating grant resources. Both established programs as well as new or innovative projects are encouraged to apply. All applicants are asked to detail their program evaluation efforts and measures of success as well as any collaborative efforts within the community to address the project need.
The Colorado Bar Foundation does not fund political campaigns or activities, government funded programs, individual scholarships, grant making organizations except COLTAF, or non-charitable programs/organizations.
The annual grant application is released each spring and due in June. The Board of Trustees typically meeting in early Fall to award annual grant funds.
The following organizations are the most recent recipients of the Foundation funds:
A Kid's Place, Inc.
Bridge to Justice
The Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado Law School
Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Committee
Central Visitation Program
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA)
Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates
Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI)
Colorado Juvenile Defender Center
Colorado Springs Teen Court Inc.
Colorado Lawyers Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF)
Companeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center
Court Care for the Pikes Peak Region
Crossroads Safehouse, Inc.
Hispanic Affairs Project
Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County
Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic (JAMLAC) a Program of Mile High Ministries
Law School…Si Se Puede
Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation (Medical Legal Partnership)
Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA
Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center (CLC)
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)
Towards Justice of Colorado
University of Denver Sturm College of Law Veterans Advocacy Project
Women's Resource Center