2021 Fall Grantees

This Fall Grants Cycle, the OSBF has awarded $402,925 to Ohio nonprofit organizations.

Each funded project supports the OSBF’s mission of promoting the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.


$40,400 to the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging to create an online training program for mandatory reporters on Ohio law regarding elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Without systematic training across groups, many mandated reporters continue to struggle with understanding their legal responsibilities to report abuse. Grant dollars will support efforts statewide.


$9,700 to the Children's Advocacy Center of Portage County. For over twenty years the Children’s Advocacy Center of Portage County has provided services to children and families who have experienced sexual abuse. This grant will support the expansion of services to support victims of physical abuse and domestic violence; funding will go toward training, outreach, and essential program supplies. Grant dollars will support efforts in Summit and Portage Counties.



$25,000 to the Council on American Islamic Relations (2nd Chances Clinic) to continue and expand its Second Chances Clinic. These record sealing clinics serve predominantly Muslim, immigrant, and Black clients and lessens the collateral impact of a criminal legal system which disproportionately impacts them. Funding will support the expansion of clinics to include a full representation option for clients who would like to seal Ohio convictions but have moved out of state or are otherwise unable to file petitions themselves.



$19,500 to Freedom a la Cart for its new Legal Resource & Education Project which provides legal education and resource referrals to survivors of sex trafficking. The project will also create digital educational videos on specialty dockets and restorative justice throughout the state. Grant dollars will support efforts statewide.


$138,325 to the Law and Leadership Institute to support its legal educational programming that prepares youth from underserved communities to compete at high academic levels and empower youth to become more responsible citizens by fostering leadership skills, increasing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education.



$25,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Funding will support translation and interpretation services to increase program capacity for the Essential Immigration Legal Services Project which addresses the unmet needs of the Hispanic immigrant population in Ohio to resolve legal matters around immigration, landlord/tenant, small claims, or domestic relations and child custody matters.



$50,000 to the Ohio Alliance of YMCA's Foundation for its Youth & Government program, which provides leadership training, stimulates interest in the government, and creates opportunities for civic engagement for middle and high school students throughout Ohio.



$20,000 to the Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice for the Legal Process: A Guide for Communities of Color project. Funding will facilitate a process for judges and attorneys to work directly with the community to identify and implement a series of recommendations that address issues stemming from systemic and institutional racism.



$25,000 to the Ohio State Legal Services Association for its Volunteer Connection project which will create a volunteer portal and platform that will focus to engage, support, train, and recognize pro bono attorneys and other volunteers. Added burdens of the pandemic for the pro bono program make the need for this new system even more critical and highlight the reality of permanent virtual adjustments.

$50,000 to the United Way of Greater Cleveland in support of an educational campaign to increase awareness about Cuyahoga County’s right to counsel rule change in eviction cases policy and improve access to legal representation.