The Austin Bar Foundation has been awarding grants since 2012. Through the grant program, the foundation furthers its mission to improve public awareness of the legal system, the administration of justice, and the delivery of legal service.
Organizations interested in receiving funding through a grant must download and fill out the Austin Bar Foundation Grant Application.
2016 Grant Recipients
Austin Young Lawyers Association Foundation
To fund Austin Law Tube. This video project will serve as a practical introduction for young lawyers to the Austin legal community, including the basics of the Austin courthouses, local rules, the civil central docket system, and how to be involved with the Austin Young Lawyers Association.
Texas State Law Library
For professional digitation of the Texas historical statutes which are unavailable anywhere online. These historical statutes are the basis for modern law. With the grant funding, the library will have professionally scanned, and personally host, the 1962, 1964, 1968, and 1970 supplements, as well as continue to market these new resources to attorneys and the public.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Travis County
For the creation of videos for online volunteer training. Grant funds will be used to make training videos as part of an online training module for prospective volunteer advocates. This will allow volunteers to complete their training faster and be available to take new cases sooner than in the past.
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA)
To fund educational programming for low-income artists. The grand funds will allow TALA to produce eight educational legal seminars and two legal clinics for Austin artists. Seminars will provide business skills for entrepreneurial artists and small art nonprofits. These seminars will promote better understanding of legal business principles and serve primarily low-income participants that would otherwise not have access to attorney guidance.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
To provide financial assistance to individuals applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or immigration relief as the result of being the victim of a crime. Since 2002, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services (ILS) has provided low-cost legal representation in the areas of family-based immigration, self-petitions and special programs to families in need in Central Texas.