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Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation Grant


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Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/15/23
Deadline: 08/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for legal services that promote social justice. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to improve the lives of disadvantaged populations. Grant funds may be used for costs associated with attorney time and litigation expenses.

The Foundation makes grants to organizations that undertake systemic social justice litigation across fifteen issue areas. Learn about organizations that strive for social justice in each area. 

Applications must be for a specific social justice legal case, including the filing of an appeal.  Grant funds are to be used only for attorney time charges and litigation expenses related to the specific case for which an organization is applying to be funded. 

An ideal case for funding:

  1. Addresses a social justice issue consistent with the Foundation’s issue areas.
  2. Significantly improves the well-being, social conditions, and/or civil liberties of disadvantaged persons and/or groups in the United States.
  3. Has strong legal argument(s) for its successful litigation.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Barbara McDowell Foundation only provides grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

Grants are not made for criminal cases, claim(s) for an individual(s), or an amicus brief.

Pre-Application Information
All interested applicants must submit a Letter of Intent using the online form between June 1 - June 15. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full online grant application to be submitted no later than August 1.

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The Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation
3607 Whispering Lane
Falls Church, VA 22041

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