Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Organizations for Legal Services
that Benefit Disadvantaged People and Groups

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation

Deadline Date:



Request a Grant Writer

Grants to USA organizations for legal services that benefit disadvantaged people. Funding is intended to enhance the social and economic well-being of underserved individuals and groups through systemic litigation. Grants should be used for systemic type cases that will have an impact on a particular area of the law or a legal issue through the establishment of a legal precedent. The grant application must be for a particular case.

The Foundation seeks to award grants for cases litigating social justice issues meeting the following criteria:

  1. Cases which will significantly improve the well-being, social conditions, and/or civil liberties of a large number of disadvantaged persons and groups throughout the United States. 
  2. Systemic cases which will significantly impact a specific area of the law or legal issue through the establishment of a legal precedent. 
  3. Cases falling within the Foundation’s focused Issue Areas, including:
    • Access to Benefits - Children’s Rights - Disability Rights – Discrimination - Domestic Violence – Environmental Justice – Healthcare – Homelessness – Housing - Native American Rights - Prisoners' Rights - Refugee and Immigration Rights - Voting Rights - Veteran's Rights
  4. The grant application must be for a specific case. Grants will be awarded for a currently active case or a case which will be filed with reasonable certainty within 60 days of the date the grant application being submitted.

Applications submitted to the Foundation to fund social justice litigation will be evaluated using the following scoring criteria:

  • Criteria 1: Capacity of the Organization to Carry Out the Project
  • Criteria 2: Financial Capability of the Applicant Organization
  • Criteria 3: Quality of Proposed Case
  • Criteria 4: Alignment with the Foundation’s Mission
  • Criteria 5: Urgency of Proposed Project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185934

Term of Contract:

Grants are to be awarded for the following fiscal year of the Foundation which is October 1st to September 30th.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

United States organizations with a federal tax-exempt number are eligible to apply.

Successful past grant applicants can be considered for grants in subsequent years based upon the results of the grantee’s efforts in prior year(s).

- The Foundation does not support cases where the relief sought is for an individual except if it would involve an important legal precedent addressing a systemic issue.
- The Foundation does not support criminal cases where an individual is charged with a crime or the filing of an amicus brief.
- The Foundation will not award a grant where an organization is seeking general support for its mission.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation accepts applications for its grants from June 1st until August 1st for grants to be awarded for the following fiscal year of the Foundation which is October 1st to September 30th.

The final grantees are notified of their grant award in September.

Grant Criteria:
Grant Application Scoring Criteria:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

If you have any questions on the grant process please email

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Suggested Grants:

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to New Jersey Agencies, Nonprofits, IHEs, and Libraries to Support the Arts in Eligib...

Deadline 09/24/21

Grants to New Jersey governmental units, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and libraries to promote and support the arts in eligible locations. Funding is intended for public arts events and activities. Eligible nonprofit arts organizations may request funding for general

GrantWatch ID#: 124619

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Educational Programs that Benefit Disadvantaged Children ...

Deadline 09/30/21

Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations for education-related programs and projects that improve the lives of low-income, underserved, and disadvantaged children and youth. Funding is intended to support efforts to eliminate disparities in education for these target

GrantWatch ID#: 124989

Grants to Montana Nonprofits and Agencies for Projects to Reduce and Prevent Pollution

Deadline 10/29/21

Grants of up to $30,000 to Montana nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects to reduce and prevent pollution throughout the state. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for the design a

GrantWatch ID#: 125323

Grants to Washington Individuals, Businesses, Organizations, and Local Agencies to Preserve H...

Deadline 09/22/21

Grants of up to $30,000 to Washington local agencies, businesses, individuals, and organizations to preserve official historic city landmarks in eligible areas. Funding is intended for projects focusing on the restoration and stabilization of historic building fabric, e

GrantWatch ID#: 125438

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits for Public Programs that Promote the Humanities in Local Commu...

Deadline 01/15/22 LOI Date: 11/15/21

Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations for programs that promote the humanities in local communities. Certain applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. All applicants are advised to contac

GrantWatch ID#: 125447

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Community Benefit Programs Primarily to Support Youth

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for community benefit initiatives. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. Priority is given to addressing the needs of low-income youth, children, and their families. The funding source s

GrantWatch ID#: 125830

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofit Charitable Organizations to Impact Public Policy in a Var...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit charitable organizations to impact public policy in a variety of national and international issues. In previous years, grants have been awarded for general operations and project support to think tanks, national councils, judicial orga

GrantWatch ID#: 125864

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania Families Caring for a Child with Cancer to Offset Treatm...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania families living in eligible areas and caring for a child with cancer to offset expenses related to the child's cancer treatments. Funding is intended to cover costs not covered by health insurance, including travel costs, housing, and

GrantWatch ID#: 125904

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162