Apply for an OCBF Grant

Funding to enhance the legal profession, community outreach, and educational programs. Bring your worthy cause to the OCBF’s attention.

The Foundation will award approximately $200,000 this bar year to worthy causes and programs that fit the Foundation’s mission. Since 2002, more than $2.1 million in grants has been awarded. If you have a project that fits our mission, we invite you to submit a grant application for consideration.

Your grant or mini grant application must meet the requirements of the OCBF Grant Guidelines and must be consistent with the OCBF mission statement. Applications must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. on the deadline to be considered. 

To submit a grant application, or if you have questions about what the OCBF might fund, please contact Jan Anson.

2017-2018 Grant Application Deadlines

Monday, July 24, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
Monday, January 29, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018 

OCBF Grant Program

When reviewing a grant request, the Foundation considers all the criteria laid out in our guidelines.  The OCBF Projects Committee regularly reviews grant applications, follows up with the applicants for answers to any questions, and then brings a recommendation to the OCBF Board of Trustees. The OCBF Board of Trustees makes the final decision on funding grants. 

Mini Grant Program

Do you have a legal or educational project that requires funding? The OCBF Mini Grant program may be the answer for you.

The OCBF Mini Grant program was established to fund additional programs within Oakland County and to reach more people in need. The limit for each mini grant request is $500. The application process for a mini-grant is more streamlined than the full grant application. Mini grants may be awarded at any time during the year and do not require a decision of the full board of trustees. Priority will be given to new grant applicants.  The Projects Committee has authority to award up to 10 mini grants per year, depending on the level of funding available.


Review grant resources and applications at the following links: