The OSBF has awarded $320,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations
through its Spring Grants Cycle. Each funded project supports the
OSBF’s mission of promoting the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.


$118,000 to the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE)

With the grant, OCLRE will further develop and expand its student programs, teacher professional development opportunities, and outreach efforts. Students can access high-quality civics content and have an opportunity to practice responsible citizenship through the study of the U.S. Constitution, judicial system, and community impact of social issues. Educators learn valuable teaching strategies, create lesson plans and student activities, and share substantive knowledge through OCLRE professional development opportunities.

$59,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus

The grant will support their Statewide Kinship Care Provider Education and Outreach Program. The program assists kinship care families, caregivers for children whose parents are unable or unavailable to care for them. This initiative helps kinship caregivers have better access and increased understanding of the legal system through collaborations with Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center in Columbus and with the Cincinnati Bar Foundation and Ohio Federation of Health Equity and Social Justice statewide.

$50,000 to the United Way of Greater Cleveland

The grant will support their Right to Counsel - Cleveland Community Education and Awareness Campaign, which works to educate the Cleveland community on a recent court rule change entitling tenants to legal representation in city eviction proceedings.

$34,000 to Advocates for Basic Legal Equality

The grant will support Medicaid Developmental Disability Waivers and You. The program will provide legal information to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and disability-rights advocates on the three types of waivers available, their rights and eligibility, and the application and appeals process.

$20,000 to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio

The grant will support NAMI Ohio's Answering the Calls of Veterans in Crisis and will allow the organization to hold a one-day conference for judges, law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, and veteran outreach coordinators to encourage collaborative efforts for deescalating veterans facing unique problems, such as traumatic brain injury, PTSD, substance abuse, depression, and other mental, physical, and emotional challenges.

$10,000 to Ohio Voice

The grant will expand the Ohio Fair Courts Speakers Bureau, which conducts Courts 101 presentations that engage and train new speakers and organizations in Dayton, Cincinnati, Akron, and Cleveland.

$10,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus

The grant will support Boss Up, which helps the development of legal education materials for aspiring entrepreneurs in historically underserved communities in Franklin County. The grant will help provide needed information on start-up services for small businesses.

$10,000 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Ohio

The grant will support Know Your Rights Legal Fellow. CAIR Ohio is developing “Know Your Rights” legal materials that will help educate the Ohio Muslim community on legal issues specific to them and other general legal topics.

$9,000 to Ohio State Legal Services Association

The grant will support Ohio Poverty Law Center’s Advocacy Skills Training. Legal aid attorneys will have the opportunity to participate in a  two-day advocacy training where they'll engage in group presentations, discussions, and small group exercises to help them better understand the legislative process and increase their level of engagement in statewide policy.

See OSBF's Spring Grants Announcement in Ohio News Outlets

Columbus Business First
Crain's Cleveland Business
Highland County Press