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Grantee Hub


As a charitable grantmaking organization, the OSBF awards grants each spring and fall to Ohio nonprofits addressing specific, unmet legal needs in our communities. Since 1992, the Foundation has awarded more than $15 million to law-related philanthropic organizations and projects across Ohio. Over time, grants have supported the creation of legal materials, new websites, campaigns, clinics, conferences, trainings, presentations, and more.

Spring Grant Cycle

Next Application Deadline 2/15/23

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Fall Grant Cycle

Next Application Deadline 8/15/23

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Racial Justice Initiative

Next Application Deadline 7/15/23

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Access to online applications will close at 5:00 pm on the respective Grant Cycle application due date. Please be sure you have submitted your online application before the deadline. Any online application not submitted by the deadline will be removed from the system upon close.

Grantee Spotlight

Through grants from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center and Advocating Opportunity created programs to help survivors of human trafficking clear their criminal records and understand their rights. 

Current Grantees

Current Grantees may access the Online Grant Manage System to submit required materials and final reports.


Application Process

Your complete grant application includes the following:

  • One-page cover letter describing the project and the amount of your funding request;
  • Organizational background – including history, mission, types of programs offered, constituencies served;
  • Project description – including justification of need, statistics on socio-economic information for populations served, specific goals and objectives, activities planned to meet goals and objectives, anticipated outcomes, anticipated challenges/difficulties, project timeline, qualifications of key personnel, methods of evaluation, collaborating organizations, linkages between the program and additional community resources;
  • Project Budget – including anticipated expenses, and details about how the Foundation funds will be used, anticipated income – including information about other sources approached for funding;
  • Organizational Budget – including current year budget and proposed budget for project year(s) showing both income and expenses, the organization’s most recent audited financial statement and 990 form;
  • Supporting Documents – list of current board of trustees, Internal Revenue Service letter confirming IRS Code
  • 501(c)(3) status and classification as a public charity or information confirming status as a governmental unit or agency;
  • Optional Documents – letters of support, readily available printed material about the organization such as annual reports or brochures.

If you have any questions during your application process, please contact Laura Spires at

Grant History

Review our list of recently funded projects to see the breadth of our work in the state of Ohio.

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