The Multnomah Bar Foundation awards grants to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose programs are aligned with the goals of the Civic Education Fund (formerly the MBA 100th Anniversary Community Gift Fund) to advance civic education and engagement and increase public understanding of the justice system. Made possible by the generous support of the legal community, the MBF Civic Education Fund has awarded over $320,000 in grants since 2006.

MBF Invites Letters of Inquiry for 2016 Grants

Local nonprofits interested in receiving grant funding for their civic education or engagement programs are encouraged to submit a letter of inquiry to the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Priority is given to new projects that utilize MBA volunteers in the geographic area served by the MBA. Letters are due January 22, 2016. Criteria and deadlines.

2015 - MBF Awards $37,750 in Civic Education Grants

Bus Project Foundation received $3,500 to expand the PolitiCorps program to a year-long leadership development program.

Elders in Action was awarded $3,750 for Action, Passion, Talent = Civic Engagement, to teach older adults how to be engaged in their communities and work with their local city and county elected officials.

League of Women Voters of Oregon was granted $3,500 to increase participation statewide in the Oregon Student Mock Elections program in anticipation of the 2016 presidential election, and to expand their Voter Services outreach.

League of Women Voters of Portland received $3,500 for their 2015-16 Outreach Campaign of civic education panel discussions focusing on current issues and the rights of citizens to influence government decisions.

MBA YLS Service to the Public Committee was awarded $2,000 for the YOUthFILM Project, a film contest for grades K-12 that uses the theme determined annually by the ABA as the theme for short film submissions.

Northwest Family Services was awarded $10,000 to support the educative function and expand the volunteer pool of Four Cities Peer Court, a restorative justice program that holds low-level, first-time juvenile offenders accountable without the involvement of the juvenile justice system. Students serve as peer lawyers and jury; volunteer judges and lawyers serve as judges.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., a new recipient, was granted $4,000 for their TOOLS Program (Tradeswomen Organized for Outreach, Leadership & Support), which focuses on civic education and engagement for women in the trades.

Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees received $7,500 for the Voter Education Program, educating refugees and immigrants, particularly low income and disabled refugees and asylees, about what it means to vote, how to read a voter pamphlet and where to vote.

For more information, contact Pamela Hubbs at 503.222.3275.

Grants History

Grants 2012

Grants 2011

Grants 2010

Grants 2009

Grants 2006 - 2008