Colorado bar foundation

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