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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 $16 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. OSBF grants are project based (not operational).

Spring Grant Cycle

Next Application Deadline 2/15/24

Funding Distributed in June

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Fall Grant Cycle

Next Application Deadline 8/15/24

Funding Distributed in December

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Racial Justice Initiative

Next Application 2024 - TBD

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Access to online applications will close at 5:00 pm on the respective Grant Cycle application due date. If the due date falls on a weekend, the deadline is the following Monday at 5:00pm. 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

  • Pre-submission conference with OSBF staff - email Michelle Hendricks at to schedule
  • Completed application form including the following information:
    • Organizational background - including mission and strategic initiatives
    • Project description – including justification of need, socio-economic information for populations served, specific goals and objectives, activities planned to meet goals and objectives, anticipated outcomes, anticipated challenges/difficulties, project timeline, 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 or Audited Financial Statement 
  • 501(c)(3) status and classification as a public charity or information confirming status as a governmental unit or agency;
  • Optional Document – letters of support

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Michelle Hendricks 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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