Grant

Guidelines

Guidelines for All Grants

Application Eligibility:


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.




Grant Limitations:


BFF does not fund individuals, direct scholarships or capital campaigns.




Types of Support:


BFF provides funding for both General Operating Support and for Project/Program Support. For additional information about types of support, please click on the specific funding interest area guidelines.




Grant Amounts:


Most of our grants are in the $10,000-30,000 range. A small number of grants exceed this amount.




Deadlines:


BFF has two grant cycles per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Applications deadlines are as follows: Fall 2017: Application window opens July 28 All materials must be received by September 20 Decision Notification: Mid-November Spring 2018: Application window opens: TBD All materials must be received by TBD Decision notification: Mid-June




Applying:


LOIs are welcome throughout the year, however applications are by invitation only. Unsolicited requests will not be considered.





Additional Guidelines for Legal Services Grants

 
 

Geography:


We primarily fund in the San Francisco Bay Area. National and California Statewide organizations may apply for grants for the following types of programs: Fellows programs, programs to support increased Access to Justice funding and leadership development programs.




Types of Grants:


Sector Supporting Grants: Recruitment and Retention Grants: In an effort to support the legal services sector and ensure a strong and consistent pipeline of new legal services staff, we support grants that focus on recruitment and retention of legal services attorneys. Examples of such grants include:

  • Public Services Loan Forgiveness Programs
  • Loan Assistance Repayment Programs
  • Fellowships
  • Staff Well-Being
Advocacy Grants: In an effort to help improve Access to Justice, we fund efforts to support to the legal service sector. However, do not fund lobbying efforts on new laws, legislation or for candidates. I & R Grants: Our “I&R” Grants target projects and programs that are both innovative and replicable. We support these grants to allow legal services leaders to test new models that have the potential to help their individual organizations and when replicated, to help their peer organizations. Organizational Development Grants: We support project and programs that seek to improve the delivery of services to clients, organizational effectiveness and the leadership development. Rapid Organizational Development Grants: Organizational Development Grants for amounts under $5,000. Unlike the larger OD grants which a reviewd twice a year, these rapid response grants are reviewed within 30 days of submission.
General Operating Support Grants: General Operating Support Grants are made only to organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Grants for general operations are generally made to organizations who provide unique services within their communities. This includes funding to legal service providers who are based in “legal deserts”.





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Additional Guidelines for CYSTEM Grants

 

Additional Guidelines for Perspector Grants

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