Strategic Grants

Converting Ideals into Real-World Actions

Strategic Grant Award Recipient
The Ohio State Bar Foundation is proud to announce that we have awarded the Issue Media Group, through Cincinnati Development Fund acting as its fiscal agent (“IMG”) with our first strategic grant to improve the civics knowledge of adult Ohioans.

The Ohio State Bar Foundation Believes Our Democracy
Works Better When People Understand the Law


Thank you for your interest in the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Strategic Grantmaking Initiative. 

Through this new initiative, the Ohio State Bar Foundation strives to improve the civics knowledge of adults in Ohio,
enhance their participation in and knowledge of government,
enable their access to justice and improve their perceptions of the judicial system.

The timeline for submissions is as follows: 


Stage 1:

Stage 1 applications are due on or before February 15, 2018, by 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

 Stage 2:

Organizations selected for Stage 2 will be notified on February 28, 2018.

Stage 2 applications are due on or before March 30, 2018, by 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Selected Projects will be announced on Law Day, May 1, 2018.


Please join us as we work to promote the pursuit of justice
and the public understanding of the rule of law. 


 This initiative is open to applicants from all states and is not exclusive to Ohio.

Any nonprofit organization in the United States interested in materially improving the civics knowledge of adults in Ohio is eligible to apply.

If you are looking for additional information related to our traditional grantmaking efforts, please click here.



Review RFP 


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