Ohio State Bar Foundation Announces Spring Grant Recipients

June 15, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH (June 15, 2017)— The Ohio State Bar Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded a total of $363,922 to eight unique projects across Ohio. Each project fulfills the OSBF mission of promoting the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.

Proposals are considered by the Foundation's Trustees twice each year. The deadline for submitting grant applications for fall consideration is August 15 at 5:00 p.m. Please visit our website ww.osbf.net for additional guidelines or contact our Grants and Communications Specialist, Julia A. Wyche at jwyche@osbf.net or 614-487-4450.

$30,000 granted to Legal Aid of Western Ohio to support their in-person and virtual series designed to meet the needs of seniors at risk for financial exploitation.

$15,000 granted to LegalWorks to expand upon their expungement program to include a full week of assistance in vacating active warrants, sealing criminal records and more.

$100,000 granted to the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education to support their student-led programs including Ohio Mock Trial, We the People and professional development programs for participating teachers.

$60,000 granted to the Ohio State Bar Association to produce online CLE training focused on pro bono services.

$34,027 granted to Legal Aid Society of Columbus, an affiliate of the Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) to provide legal support and advocacy to individuals who have fallen victim to wage-theft and $54,216 granted to OSLSA affiliate, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, to design and implement a youth project in connection with the Sojourners Care Network to promote better understanding of legal rights, responsibilities and resources for youth, caregivers and staff.

$25,000 granted to Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to develop a program that empowers potential clients to become self-advocates in legal issues affecting shelter, safety and economic security.

$45,679 granted to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland to make enhancements to the legal resource section of their online directory.

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