The Multnomah Bar Foundation awards grants to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose programs are aligned with the goals of the Civic Education Fund (formerly the MBA 100th Anniversary Community Gift Fund) to advance civic education and engagement and increase public understanding of the justice system. Made possible by the generous support of the legal community, the MBF Civic Education Fund has awarded over $320,000 in grants since 2006.

2017 Grants Cycle

Local nonprofits interested in receiving grant funding for their civic education or engagement programs are encouraged to submit a letter of inquiry to the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Priority is given to new projects that utilize MBA volunteers in the geographic area served by the MBA. Questions? Contact Pamela Hubbs (503.222.3275, Letter of inquiry criteria.

Grants Process and Deadlines

Friday, January 27. To be considered for a 2017 grant, submit a letter of inquiry to Letter of inquiry criteria.

Tuesday, February 28. Qualifying organizations will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal.

Friday, March 31. Completed proposals due. 

Friday, May 13. Grant awards announced and funded.

Note: Organizations may submit only one application per grants cycle.

MBF President Promotes Civic Education Grants on Cable Access

President Amy Angel appeared in MetroEast Community Media's Holiday Showcase to promote the foundation and encourage interested nonprofits to apply for grant funding. Watch here. The MBF awards grants to programs that educate people about the justice system, encourage respect for the rule of law, and promote civic engagement. To learn more, contact Pamela Hubbs.

MBF Awards $44,495 in Civic Education Grants

The Multnomah Bar Foundation has awarded civic education grants to 11 area nonprofits for programs that educate people of all ages about the justice system and encourage civic engagement.

Bus Project Foundation was awarded $3,500 for the PolitiCorps Leadership Fellowship program to train, educate and inform young leaders, and build a commitment to civic engagement.

City Club of Portland was granted $2,500 for its Civic Scholars and Civic Awards program to promote civic education and engagement in under-served Portland schools and recognize excellence in individuals, student groups and nonprofits with an innovative approach to civic engagement.

Elders in Action was granted $3,000 for Action, Passion, Talent = Civic Engagement, a program that helps older adults understand the legal system, and how to navigate it as potential volunteers and advocates.

League of Women Voters of Oregon was awarded $3,500 for voter services, including the Oregon Student Mock Election with expanded outreach to the Spanish-speaking community.

League of Women Voters of Portland was granted $4,000 to hold candidate and ballot measure forums and provide comprehensive voters' guides prior to the primary and general elections.

MetroEast Community Media was awarded $4,545 to produce "El poder de ser un votador dedicado" or "The power of being an engaged voter," a Spanish-language short video and public service announcement that encourages and promotes being an engaged voter.

Northwest Family Services (NWFS) was granted $7,000 for NWFS Peer Court, a restorative justice program where student volunteers and program graduates serve as attorneys and jury members in a courtroom setting, holding accountable youth with first time misdemeanor offenses.

Oregon Nikkei Endowment was granted $3,500 for "Minoru Yasui: From Roots to Results," a middle school curriculum and teacher training that promotes civic education through the study of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII with particular focus on Oregon attorney Minoru Yasui, who was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. received $4,000 for the civic education component of TOOLS (Tradeswomen Organized for Outreach, Leadership & Support) providing voter registration, voter education, civic engagement, and advocacy and legislative work, so that tradeswomen are included in the civic and legislative process on issues that affect them.

Saturday Academy received $4,400 to fund speech and debate and mock trial classes at Title I middle schools, and Kid Lawyer Summer Camp, where fifth - eighth grade students learn about the judicial system in a fun, hands-on learning experience.

Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees was granted $5,000 for its Voter Education Project, to promote full immigrant integration, civic participation and voter engagement through monthly classes to newly naturalized citizens. Participants learn about the American voting system and receive help registering to vote.

For more information, contact Pamela Hubbs at 503.222.3275.

Grants History

Grants 2012

Grants 2011

Grants 2010

Grants 2009

Grants 2006 - 2008