The Multnomah Bar Foundation awards grants to 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 has given over $275,000 to local nonprofits.

2014 Grants Calendar

12.02.13    Grants cycle announced; invitation to submit letters of inquiry
01.24.14    Letters of inquiry due
02.28.14    Invitations to submit full proposal
03.28.14    Full proposals due
05.09.14    Recipients notified and funded

Teens serve as Peer Court attorneys and jury members


2013 Grantee Four Cities Peer Court - Volunteer teens serve as Peer Court attorneys and jury members in the Northwest Family Services restorative justice program.

MBF Awards $44,000 to Nine Portland Area Nonprofits in 2013

Bus Project Foundation was awarded $8,000 for its Democracy Cup program that engages young professional mentors to teach high school students about civic participation and voting, creates student teams to reach out to peers, family and neighbors, and challenges the teams in a regional competition to register thousands to vote.

City Club of Portland was granted $2,500 for a Civic Award to recognize excellence in individuals, student groups and organizations or collaborations of organizations that promote civic and political knowledge and skills, teach civic values and present an innovative approach to civic engagement at the high school level.

Classroom Law Project received $10,000 to expand its Mock Trial and We the People programs. Elementary, middle and high school students will spend at least a month studying the US Constitution or a trial and will learn about current issues' connections to constitutional principles.

Elders in Action was granted $8,000 for Basics of Civics 101, which will teach the fundamentals of civics and regional government and provide older adults with opportunities for volunteer civic engagement. This is an expansion of their Speaker's Bureau Program and will reach people age 60+ in underserved communities.

League of Women Voters of Portland was granted $4,000 to produce The General Welfare, a free, current, monthly program with expert panelists examining the legal, political, economic and social aspects of various general civic issues. Meetings will be open to the public and shared statewide via TV, web streaming and YouTube.

MetroEast Community Media was awarded $4,000 to produce the final two episodes in its Legal Logic series, a public affairs show that will foster an increased understanding of the judiciary. Topics may include new developments like eCourt and legal cases that have shaped society. The program will reach 350,000 households through cable, on-demand and KZME radio.

Northwest Family Services was granted $2,500 for its Four Cities Peer Court program, a community partnership involving, supporting and educating youth about restorative justice through a combined effort of peer attorneys and jury members, volunteer attorneys and local police. Teen leadership and skill development are promoted as young people learn about the justice system from legal professionals in a hands-on program that endeavors to help teens in trouble.

Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees received $4,000 for its Voter Education Project, a series of free, monthly classes that teach low-income, newly naturalized citizens about the democratic process and empower them with the practical skills and knowledge of the voting system to allow for full integration, meaningful civic participation and voter engagement.

YOUthFILM Project was awarded $1,000 for the annual ABA Law Day-themed student filmmaking contest, Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. Through the creativity of film, K-12 students learn about civic involvement and the law. Grant funding helps with marketing and outreach, equipment and production advice, mentorship opportunities and the film screening, awards ceremony and reception.

For more information, contact Pamela Hubbs at 503.222.3275.

MBF Grants History

Select a link below to view photos and a summary of grants given.

Grants 2013

Grants 2012

Grants 2011

Grants 2010

Grants 2009

Grants 2006 - 2008