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 2018 Austin Bar Foundation grant application. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2018.
2017 Grant Recipients
Austin Tenants Council
Eviction Advocacy Projects – To produce a resource video in both English and Spanish to educate the public about the eviction process including the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords throughout the process, and how to prepare for and navigate an eviction filing after receiving notice.
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA)
Austin Educations Programming for Low-Income Artists – To produce ten educational seminars for Austin artists. The seminars provide business skills for entrepreneurial artists and small arts nonprofit organizations.
Immigrant Survivors Detention Pro Bono Representation Project – To create a new pro bono training in which attorneys assist asylum seekers who had complete credible fear interview pro se before the asylum office and were given a negative determination in a review hearing before an immigration judge.
Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) of Central Texas
Debtors Prison Program – To enable VLS to provide assistance to low-income Texans who are being imprisoned for the non-payment of fines and fees related to Class C misdemeanors.
Classical Guitar Engagement for Court-Involved Youth
To support an after-school program that offers classroom-based guitar instruction to court-involved youth as part of their mandated case plans.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Travis County
Knowing Who You Are: A Specialized Training to Prepare CASA Volunteers to Help Youth in Care to Develop a Healthy Racial and Ethnic Identity – To support specialized training for volunteer advocates so they can better advocate for children who have been abused or neglected.
Emergency Grant to Equal Justice Center
To provide 12 clinics to the public regarding their rights under the immigration executive order.