Grant Guidelines

Grant Application Process | Access

Grantee Eligibility:

Access grants are limited to organizations whose work closely aligns our primary funding area, Legal Services. Applications from organizations that fall outside this focus area will not be considered. Furthermore, all potential grantees must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a public entity. BFF will not support organizations that discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

What We Don't Fund:

Broadly, BFF does not fund individuals, direct scholarships or capital campaigns. Specifically for Access grants, BFF will not accept applications from organzations whose work does not fall into our primary funding area, legal services.

Geographical Limitations:

Access grant applications will be considered from organizations based anywhere in the United States.

Grant Amounts:

Access grants range between $1,000-$3,500. Organizations may receive a maximum of two Access grants, totaling no more than $5,000, in a calendar year. Organizations may submit up to two access grant per calendar year.


Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The foundation will make all efforts to finalize funding decisions within 30 days of the application’s submission.

Access Grants Examples

Expert witness testimony can be instrumental in securing a positive outcome for a client but represents a significant, and sometimes insurmountable, expense to the organization.   


Typical Grant Range: $1,000 - $1,500

Expert Witness Fees

The technology needed to best serve clients can sometimes be out of reach.  Access grants can help you get the tools you need.  


Typical Grant Range: $1,000 - $2,500


Consultants are a valuable tool for organizations looking to upscale their operations. For example, consultants can facilitate a strategic planning process, assist with Board development, or develop a capital campaign.

Typical Grant Range: $2,000 - $3,500


SROIs can be a great tool to help non-profit organization determine their fiscal impact on the communities they serve. 


Typical Grant Range: $1,000 - $3,000

Social Return on Investment (SROI)


Advancing the skills & knowledge of staff is instrumental to providing the highest level of support possible to your clients.  Professional development trainings are widely available across multiple mediums and cover an array of topics. 


Typical Grant Range: $1,000 - $2,000

Professional Development

Access grants were designed to assist organizations increase their capacity and efficiency by helping them get the tools they need to complete their mission.  Let us know how we can help.

Typical Grant Range: $1,000 - $3,500


Access Grant Application


An invitation is not required to submit a grant application.  We accept grant applications for our Access on a rolling basis.  Grant applications will be reviewed within 30 days of submission. Once reviewed, we will email the contact person identified in the application regarding next steps.

Reporting on Your Grant

If approved for funding, within 3-4 months of the grant's distribution, you will be asked to submit a report on the status of the funds and the impact the grant had on your organization's work.