2022 Spring Grantees


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


Catholic Charities Corporation - GuideStar Profile

$15,000 to the Catholic Charities Corporation for the Pro Se Asylum Clinic project which will create clinics to assist individuals in navigating complex immigration court procedures and file asylum applications with all information necessary to preserve eligibility for relief. The project is designed to maximize the number of clients receiving competent legal assistance from a trained provider. It will be the first of its kind in the state of Ohio. This project will serve Cuyahoga County.


Equality Ohio – Ohio's Moment for Equality

$62,000 to the Equality Ohio Education Fund for their Name and Gender Marker Change & Continued Expansion of the Attorney Referral Network and Education project which will provide accurate and up-to-date information about services and procedures for changing the gender marker on Ohio birth certificates to transgender individuals, legal service providers, and court administrators. This project will include monthly pro se Name and Gender Marker Change clinics and the creation of educational videos. Additionally, Equality Ohio will recruit, educate, and provide cultural humility training to the Attorney Referral Network. This project serves all counties statewide.


Mandel Foundation approves $1 million gift to Legal Aid Society of Cleveland  | Crain's Cleveland Business

$25,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland for the Expert Report on Availability of Safe, Affordable Housing for Low-Income Cuyahoga County Households project which will create an expert report on the availability of safe, affordable housing for low-income Cuyahoga County Residents with a special focus on lead hazards and racial disparities. In partnership with data scientists at Case Western Reserve University, this research project will highlight the prevalence of lead in available rental homes and the racial inequalities prevalent in the affordable housing crisis. This project will serve Cuyahoga County.


Ohio Center for Law-Related Education Teaching Toolbox

$116,000 to the Ohio Center for Law Related Education for the Civic Education Programs, Teacher Training & Outreach project which will support the expansion of civics and law related education to students and teachers through Ohio Mock Trial, We the People, Moot Court, and Project Citizen & Youth for Justice. This project serves all counties statewide.


Ohio Legal Help | Delta Public Library

$50,000 to Ohio Legal Help for the ChatBot and LiveChat Law Student Volunteer Pilot project which will add robust chat features to the Ohio Legal Help website to provide another navigation method to help users find the information they need on Ohio Legal Help and to answer common questions about the site and organization. The chat will be operated via two complementary methods: 1) an automated ChatBot and 2) LiveChat staffed by volunteer law students from Case Western Reserve University. This project serves all counties statewide.


2021 Fall Grantees

$10,000 to Ohio State Legal Services Association for the Advocacy Skills Training for Legal Aid Attorneys and Low-income Advocates project. This project will combine the virtual and in-person elements of previous trainings to offer participants the best possible experience. This project will train representatives from all 25 legal aid offices in Ohio, as well as create a version of the training for community advocates. This project serves all counties statewide.


Home - Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio

$54,200 to Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio for the Engaging and Strengthening Community-Based Nonprofits with Pro Bono Business Legal Services project. This project aims to increase access to justice for organizations that have historically lacked the resources and connections to find legal assistance by focusing this on recruiting new, community-based nonprofit clients, and re-engaging a set of current clients that fit within this category. Funding will allow PBPO to provide individualized assistance to at least 35 nonprofit organizations in Southwestern Ohio. This project serves Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton & Warren counties.