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 $2.5 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 be consistent with the OCBF mission statement. To be considered, applications must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. on the deadline date. 

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


2019-2020 Grant Application Deadlines

Monday, November 18, 2019
Monday, February 3, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020


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. 



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.