Ramsey County Bar Foundation

The Ramsey County Bar Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial support to programs in the Ramsey County geographic area that benefit the legal profession, improve the quality and accessibility of justice, and would otherwise attract the interest and support of Ramsey County lawyers.

Foundation Grants

The Ramsey County Bar Foundation awards grants to local law-related charitable organizations. In 2012-2013, the foundation provided nearly $120,000 in grants and scholarships.

Applying for a Grant

Grant applications are available in January of each year and completed applications are due the beginning of March. All grant applications are evaluated with regard to their relationship to the mission of the Ramsey County Bar Foundation. In addition, the general guidelines for projects to be supported are:

  • Educate all segments of the public in government and the legal system.
  • Promote and provide legal services to persons of limited means through grants to legal services providers.
  • Improve the administration of justice and the quality and functioning of the legal system.

The foundation also awards a scholarship of up to $6,000 each year to one or more students who attends a Minnesota law school and who is a member of a group traditionally under-represented in the legal profession (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability). The applicant must be a current law student with a record of academic or professional achievement and must display leadership qualities through past work experience, community involvement or student activities. Scholarship applications are due the beginning of February of each year.

Grants from Cy Pres Funds

In addition to the funds that are distributed by the foundation each spring, grants are awarded in December of each year to organizations that will use the funds for the general benefit of and advancement of women. In March 2011, the foundation received an order from Federal District Court Judge Richard Kyle, awarding the foundation $100,000 in cy pres funds. The foundation has dispersed a portion of the funds each of the past four years. The foundation awards grants to organizations that meet the general grant guidelines listed above and will use the grant for the general benefit of and advancement of women. The maximum award to any organization will be $25,000. Grant applications are available in August and are due in October of each year.

Cy Pres Funds grant applications are now being accepted.  Completed applications, along with all necessary attachments, must be received by 4:00 p.m. October 1, 2014.

2013-2014 Grantees

The Advocates for Human Rights

The Advocates for Human Rights received a grant to support its work representing indigent asylum seekers living in Ramsey County.

Asian Women United of Minnesota

Asian Women United of Minnesota received a grant to support its programs that offer shelter to Asian victims of domestic violence, and a community advocacy program for victims trying to navigate the legal system.

Breaking Free, Inc.

Breaking Free, Inc. received a grant to support its programs that aim to improve the quality and accessibility of justice to victims of sexual exploitation.

Bridges to Safety Victim Service Center

Bridges to Safety Victim Service Center, a comprehensive, centrally located domestic abuse service center in St. Paul, received general operating funds.

Call for Justice

Call for Justice, which strives to improve access to justice by connecting low-income people to existing legal resources, in partnership with United Way 2-1-1 and others, received general operating support.

Center for Victims of Torture

Center for Victims of Torture received a grant for general support of its programs that provide assistance to victims of torture and their families; including referrals to medical facilities and legal help.

Children’s Law Center of Minnesota

Children’s Law Center of Minnesota received a grant to support direct representation of children in foster care, advocacy of systems reform, education and outreach.

Civil Society

Civil Society received a grant to provide legal services to domestic and international human trafficking victims in Ramsey County, and to offer consultations to immigration attorneys serving human trafficking victims.

Dispute Resolution Center

Dispute Resolution Center received a grant to provide accessible, effective, and affordable alternative dispute resolution services to residents in Ramsey County. The organization provides mediation in community, family, landlord/tenant, small claims and business/consumer matters.

HOME LINE

HOME LINE received a grant to support its tenant hotline and education programs. The programs educate high school students, social workers, landlords, police officers, and transitional housing residents regarding legal problems related to housing.

Immigrant Law Center of MN

Immigrant Law Center of MN received a grant for general support of its programs that provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrants/refugees of all nationalities. The program’s goals are to reunite and maintain immigrant families and to free immigrants from persecution and abuse in their home countries.

Innocence Project

Innocence Project received a grant to support its public outreach and legal education programs that address the issue of wrongful convictions.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL)

Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers (LCL), an organization offering free, confidential help to lawyers, judges and law students with chemical dependency and other mental health issues, received a grant to continue advertising in the Barrister, and to expand its free counseling services.

Legal Corps

Legal Corps received a grant for general support of its pro bono legal services, and workshops for small business owners and non-profits.

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program of MN

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program of MN received a grant to assist the funding of a loan repayment award to an attorney serving low-income residents in Ramsey County.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans received a grant to provide legal services for homeless and in-crisis veterans and their families in Ramsey County.

Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF)

Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) received a grant to support the MJF Summer Clerkship fund, which works to sustain pro bono legal services in Ramsey County.

Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc.

Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc., an organization that provides comprehensive criminal defense and crime prevention services to low-income persons, received general operating support.

Northern Star Council/Boy Scouts of America

Northern Star Council/Boy Scouts of America received a grant to support the Juvenile Diversion Program, which offers motivated, first-time juvenile offenders positive alternatives to formal court proceedings.

Tubman Center

Tubman Center received a grant to support its Legal Services in Ramsey County program, which provides legal representation, advice, advocacy and information addressing domestic violence and family law issues.

Funding for the Ramsey County Bar Foundation

Funding for the foundation comes primarily from generous donations from our members. Those donations are supplemented by our two annual fundraisers.

Annual Bench & Bar Benefit

The Benefit, held in the fall of each year, is the major fundraiser for the foundation. Half of the money raised at the Benefit is given directly to Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. The other half is awarded in grants to other law-related organizations. In 2012, the benefit raised nearly $60,000.

Charity Golf Tournament

The annual RCBF Golf Tournament is also a significant fundraiser for the foundation. The 2013 tournament raised over $16,000.

Major Fundraising Events

Questions may be directed to info@ramseybar.org or to Cheryl Dalby at 651.222.0846.

For more information about the foundation, contact:

Cheryl Dalby
Executive Director
Ramsey County Bar Foundation
332 Minnesota St., E-1401
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-222-0846