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Informed Citizens

are Better Citizens

Are you looking for financial support for your non-profit projects? The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) leads the nation in providing free law-related and violence prevention education to the public. Our programs reach out statewide and are aimed at all segments of the population, from school children to senior citizens.

In addition to a wide slate of initiatives conducted directly by NJSBF, some of our most successful programs are those in which we’ve combined efforts to cosponsor a project with another organization. Through these cosponsorships, we remain committed to broadening our public education campaign so that free legal information is available to New Jersey citizens statewide. We invite you to work with us so we can accomplish this goal together.

NJSBF is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 funding cycle. You can download copies of the application, along with background info on cosponsorships, reporting requirements and the Cosponsorship Agreement by clicking here. Applications must be submitted to NJSBF by January 24, 2020.

For the 2019-2020 funding cycle, NJSBF awarded more than $555,000 to the following organizations and programs:

The ARC of New Jersey: Equal Justice Webinar Series; Law and Law Enforcement Summit
Bergen County YWCA: Title IX Training Series
Community Health Law Project: Law and Disabilities Conference
Covenant House: Atlantic City Youth Advocacy Program
Make the Road NJ: Immigrants’ Rights Project
NJ Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges: Color of Justice Program
NJ LEEP: Law-Related Education Program
PLAN/NJ: Legal and Estate Planning Education
Pushcart Players: More Perfect Union
Rutgers Law School—Camden: Foreclosure Defense Clinic*
Seton Hall Law School: Foreclosure Defense Clinic*
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network: Special Education Training
Women in Transition: Family Law Workshops and Newsletter

*With restricted funds from Bank of America settlement.

“With the enlightened support of organizations like the NJ State Bar Foundation, we’re able to overcome economic, geographic, and administrative barriers to active arts participation and share the live theater experience with young people who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity,” said Paul Whelihan, Pushcart Players producing artistic director.

Join NJSBF as we continue to educate the public about the law, the justice system, civics and how government works. Questions should be directed to Mary Jean Barnes, Director of Administration & Grants Programs at 732-937-7507 or mjbarnes@njsbf.org.

Our cosponsorship grants are made possible through funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey (the “IOLTA Fund”), which in 1988 began disbursing money generated from interest on lawyers’ trust accounts.