Fueling Change in Your Community

We're a charitable grantmaking organization – awarding grants to Ohio non-profits addressing specific, unmet legal needs in their communities. Since 1992, we've awarded more than $12 million to law-related philanthropic organizations.

Grant applications are reviewed by the Board of Trustees twice each year. Deadlines for submitting grant applications each year are 5:00 p.m. on February 15 and August 15. Decisions are made by June 30 and November 30 respectively.

2019 Spring Grantees


Disability Rights Ohio is a nonprofit with a mission to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. DRO partnered with the Deaf Services Center and used funding from the OSBF to produce 18 videos that translate legal matters into American Sign Language for the deaf community.

OJPC and Advocating Opportunity

Through grants from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center and Advocating Opportunity created programs to help survivors of human trafficking clear their criminal records and understand their rights.

The University of Akron School of Law's CQE Clinics

The University of Akron School of Law has developed a series of legal clinics designed to help ex-offenders apply for a Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE). Once obtained, a CQE enables recipients to become eligible for certain jobs from which they were barred due to prior convictions.