- Last Updated 11/14/2013 -

Grant Recipients

The following grants have been awarded between July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014:

All Parks Alliance for Change: $3,000 for our successful statewide tenant hotline, legal rights workshops and legal guides, including our ongoing work to reach out to the significant Latino resident population with translating and interpreting services.

Breaking Free: $2,000 to support and achieve a three-fold initiative that aims to improve the quality and accessibility of justice to victims of sexual exploitation.

Civil Society: $2,000 for direct immigration legal services for a total of 72 persons who have been identified as human trafficking victims, at a rate of $24 per hour for 8 hours per week for one year.

Conflict Resolution Center: $2,000 to address the disproportionate impact of school suspensions and expulsions on students of color by providing restorative services, such as mediation, peacekeeping circles and conflict resolution instruction to at risk youth.

Employment Action Center: $1,000 to support the efforts of our low income, single fathers to know their rights, understand the legal system and learn the legal process to gain custody and/or visitation of their children.

Hennepin County Bar Association: $3,000 to cover printing costs of Legal Stuff, a practical, informative law-related resource booklet for teens, immigrants, and community organizations, to be distributed statewide.

ICWA Law Center: $2,000 to provide legal services to low-income Indian families impacted by the child protection system and to be a comprehensive legal resource regarding the mandates and intent of the ICWA.

Merrick Community Services: $2,000 for Home, Safe, Home educational workshops and informational presentations to low income community members, clients, renters, which also includes participation of landlords and social service providers about the fair housing rights and responsibilities of renting, and establishing positive relationships with landlords and property owners.

Peace and Hope International: $2,500 to support the Park Avenue Walk-in Legal Clinic to provide essential quality legal advice and services to low-income persons through volunteer lawyers, intake workers and interpreters.

Tubman: $2,000 to support legal representation, in-depth pro se assistance and legal advice in family law cases for low-income individuals in the Twin Cities metro area.

 

The following grants have been awarded between July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013:

All Parks Alliance for Change: $3,000 to support a tenant hotline, legal rights workshops and legal guides, including ongoing work to reach out to the Latino resident population with translating and interpreting services.

American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota: $1,000 for the Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project-North, based in Bemidji, which seeks to eliminate racial disparities in treatment within the criminal justice system between Native Americans and the general community through advocacy and education.

Battered Womens Legal Advocacy Project: $1,500 to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence who do not have access to services elsewhere.

Cancer Legal Line: $500 to provide free legal services to those who are affected by cancer.

CASA Minnesota: $1,000 to support the recruiting, training and retaining of volunteer guardians ad litem to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system.

Childrens Law Center of Minnesota: $2,000 funding to improve access to justice for foster care and at-risk youth by providing training on juvenile law and best practices to the legal community, with a focus on Stearns and St. Louis Counties.

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin: $1,000 to provide citizenship classes, naturalization application assistance and deferred action application assistance to low-income immigrants and refugee communities in suburban Hennepin County.

Council on American-Islamic Relations MN Chapter: $1,000 to provide legal services to racial and religious minorities facing discrimination and to fund Know Your Rights trainings to educate the community on the law.

Domestic Abuse Project: $1,500 to support the continuation of DAP's free legal & community advocacy services to victims of domestic violence in Hennepin County.

Hands of Hope Resource Center: $2,000 to provide legal advocacy to victims of child abuse.

Home Line: $1,500 to educate transitional housing residents and landlords about the rights and responsibilities of renting.

Legal Aid Service of NE MN: $2,500 to purchase tablets for LASNEM staff attorneys to use while working with clients at the courthouse and at remote locations.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program: $3,000 to enable two legal aid attorneys to continue their work representing low-income clients throughout Minnesota.

Mediation Works North Inc: $1,000 to fund resources in rural areas for parents in litigation involving children by providing an interactive online Parents Forever program and to provide brief support to pro se parents by phone or e-mail.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans: $2,000 to continue the VETLAW (Veterans Employed Through Legal Advocacy Work) program, which serves Minnesota veterans who are homeless, nearly homeless or in crisis.

Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center: $2,000 to support the Sexual Assault Advocate program's provision of court support and Order of Protection assistance for American Indian victims of sexual crime and for the SAA's community education partnership with the Mpls Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit.

Minnesota Justice Foundation: $4,000 to support 2 summer clerks who will work for poverty law and public interest agencies in greater Minnesota during the summer of 2013.

Minnesota Landmarks Inc: $500 to support the Uncle Sam Worked Here Lecture Series, a law-related education and public outreach initiative that promotes an understanding of American government and civic engagement.

Missions Inc Programs: $1,000 to support the Home Free Community Program which provides legal support to victims of domestic violence.

MSBA Mock Trial Program: $5,000 to support the Mock Trial Program, which is a law-related education program for high school students.

Neighborhood Justice Center Inc: $2,000 to provide comprehensive criminal defense and crime prevention services to low-income persons emphasizing outreach through the Legal Representation & Advice, Education and Expungement programs.

Restorative Justice Community Action Inc: $1,000 to support he restorative justice services that RJCA provides in Hennepin County and to continue expansion of youth programs.

Sexual Assault Program of Northern St Louis County: $1,500 to provide legal support for victims of sexual assault who are served by the sexual assault program of Northern St. Louis County.

The Advocates for Human Rights: $2,000 to support the Refugee and Immigrant Program which provides free legal services to indigent asylum seekers in Minnesota.

Tubman: $2,000 to support legal representation, in-depth pro se assistance and legal advice in family law cases for low-income individuals in the Twin Cities metro area.

United Blind of Minnesota: $1,500 to fund legal representation for the blind and visually impaired.

WATCH: $1,000 to implement a law-related internship program.

Wings Family Supportive Services Inc: $1,000 to fund free law clinics that will be offered to low income families in west central Minnesota.

 

The following grants were awarded between July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012:

Anishinabe Legal Services: $1,000 to provide wills and probate services to low-income community members.

Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project: $2,000 to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence who do not have access to services elsewhere.

Center for Homicide Research: $1000 to update the homicide database and compile homicide data.

Civil Society: $1,500 for direct immigration legal services to obtain T-visas and U-visas for 36 persons who have been identified as human trafficking victims.

Employment Action Center: $1,000 to support the Young Dads program which provides legal information for low-income, single fathers working to gain custody and/or visitation of their children.

Friends Against Abuse: $1,000 to be able to continue to provide legal support to victims of sexual assault through their legal advocacy program of Lake of the Woods & Koochiching counties.

Home Line: 1,000 to support our law-related educational presentations for police officers, shelter residents, landlords, tenants, soon to be released from prison offenders and social service providers about the rights and responsibilities of renting.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota: $3,000 to provide comprehensive legal services to Minnesota's low-income immigrant and refugee communities.

Indian Child Welfare Act Law Center: $1,000 to provide legal services to low-income Indian families impacted by the child protection system.

The Innocence Project of Minnesota: $2,000 to provide free legal services to indigent and potentially wrongfully convicted prisoners and to educate community members and representatives from the justice system about strategies to prevent such injustices from occurring.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers: $3,500 to develop and establish enhanced services for Minnesota lawyers and judges with age-related mental health issues.

LegalCORPS: $1,500 to develop and launch regular monthly long-distance brief-advice business law clinics.

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County: $1,500 to purchase bunkruptcy software so volunteer attorneys who do not have the software can begin accepting bunkruptcy cases.

Legal Rights Center: $500.00 to fund the ADR services it provides to the Co-Parent Court pilot project of the Fourth Judicial District.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program: $3,000 to enable one legal aid attorney to continue her vital work representing hundreds of low-income clients throughout Minnesota.

Mediation Works North, Inc.: $1,000 to ensure accessability of court-ordered parent education to disadvantaged and to provide assistance to parents not able to afford an attorney.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance:$1,500 to assist with outreach and promotion of LawHelpMN.org.

Minnesota AIDS Project: $1,500 to support its Legal Services program which provides legal services and representation to individuals living with HIV in Minnesota.

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women: $1,000 to support the appellate work of the coalition to help clarify domestic violence case law, ensure consistent court responses and increase protections for battered women and their children.

Minnesota Justice Foundation: $4,000 to support 2 summer clerks in greater Minnesota for the summer of 2012.

Minnesota Landmarks, Inc.: $500 to support a public outreach and law-related education initiative, "Uncle Sam Worked Here Lecture Series."

Minnesota Wills for Heroes: $1,000 to support hosting legal clinics in greater Minnesota for both of the 2010-11 and the 2011-12 fiscal years.

Missions, Inc. Program: $1,500 to support its program providing legal support to victims of domestic violence.

MSBA Civic Education Committee: $1,000 to continue efforts to educate youth about their civic rights and responsibilities.

MSBA Mock Trial Program: $3,900 to support the Mock Trial Program.

North Shore Horizons, Inc: $1,500 to provide outreach and legal advocacy to domestic and sexual violence victims in Lake County, MN.

Peace and Hope International: $1,000 to support the Park Avenue Walk-in Clinic to increase volunteer and programming capacity, in providing essential quality legal advice and services to low-income persons.

Project FINE: $1,000 to provide education and resources to immigrants and refugees about their legal rights and responsibilities, and how to navigate the legal process.

Range Women's Advocates: $1,500 to support court advocacy, staff education and training to facilitate access to the legal system for people who are served by the Range Women's Advocates.

Restorative Justice Community Action, Inc.: $1,000 to sustain and enhance the restorative justice services and expand the conferencing model to youth programs.

Rivers of Hope: $2,000 to support their work providing legal advocacy to victims of family violence and to provide continuing education for advocates and local law enforcement officers to improve the response to all victims.

Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County: $1,500 to support individual and legal advocacy, staff education and training to facilitate access to the legal system for victims of sexual violence who are served by this program.

The Advocates for Human Rights: $2,000 to support the ongoing work to provide free legal services to indigent asylum seekers in Minnesota.

Tubman: $1,500 to provide legal representation, in-depth pro se assistance, and legal advice in family law cases to low-income individuals in the Twin Cities metro area.

 

The following grants were awarded from July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011:

Alexandra House Inc: $2,000 to help provide legal representation to victims of domestic violence seeking Orders for Protection.

All Parks Alliance for Change: $2,500 to support a statewide manufactured mobile home park tenant hotline and to reach out to the Latino population with translating and interpreting services for in-person contacts, workshops, hotline calls and materials through the MN Legal Outreach Project.

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation: $500 to send printed and electronic materials to teachers regarding the Constitution and Bill of Rights that the teachers can use in conjunction with Constitution Day.

Battered Womens Legal Advocacy Project: $1,000 to provide legal information, consultation, training, litigation support and policy development assistance to advocates and battered women, in particular those from underrepresented populations.

Centro Campesino Inc: $2,000 to support the Immigrant Empowerment Project which educates new Latino immigrants in southern Minnesota about their civil and labor rights through educational workshops with the assistance of legal organizations or private law firms.

Civil Society: $1,500 to support direct immigration legal screening for human trafficking victims & emergency immigration legal services that provide safety and stability while human trafficking victims are providing evidence to convict human traffickers who have victimized them.

Dispute Resolution Center: $1,000 to provide free and low-cost alternative dispute resolution services to lower-income individuals, families and communities in the East Metro Area.

Domestic Abuse Project: $1,000 to support free legal & community advocacy services to victims of domestic violence in Hennepin County.

Estate & Elder Law Services: $1,000 to provide legal advice, representation and community education seminars to adults with disabilities and/or those age 60 and older.

Farmers Legal Action Group Inc: $2,500 to provide the broad range of legal services and resources that low-income family farmers need to maintain their livelihoods and stay on their land.

Hands of Hope Resource Center:  $1,000 to provide legal advocacy services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and general crime in Morrison and Todd Counties.

Home Line:  $500 to support law-related educational presentations to high school students, police officers, shelter residents, landlords and social service providers about the rights and responsibilities of renting.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota: $3,000 to provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrant and refugee communities and law-related education to the communities and professionals that work with them.

Indian Child Welfare Act Law Center:  $1,000 to provide legal services to low-income Indian families impacted by the child protection system and to be a comprehensive legal resource regarding the mandates and intent of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Koochiching County Sexual Assault Program: $1,000 to support the Legal Advocacy Program which provides services to victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse in Koochiching and Lake of the Woods counties.

Lao Advancement Organization of America Inc: $500 to provide bilingual Naturalization Application Preparation assistance to Lao speaking individuals living in the Twin Cities.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers:  $3,000 to support services for lawyers, law students and judges in Minnesota who need help with chemical and other addictions and dependencies, mental health, stress, family, financial and work related problems.

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County: $600 to help provide interpreters for low-income, non-English speaking clients who need translation during consultations with attorneys and when reviewing legal documents.

LegalCORPS: $500 support for LegalCORPS ongoing efforts to connect pro bono business lawyers with low-income entrepreneurs and small nonprofits that cannot afford the transactional legal assistance they need for success.

Legal Rights Center Inc: $1,000 funding for ADR services to the Co-Parent Court pilot project in the 4th Judicial District which aims to improve family court processing of paternity and child support orders in situations in which there has been no marriage.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program:  $3,000 to make education loan repayment assistance awards to attorneys who are providing legal assistance to low-income and disadvantaged Minnesotans.

Mediation Works North Inc:  $1,000 to support the Parents Forever program for parents involved in litigation over children, custody, parenting time or divorce.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance: $2,000 to assist with outreach and promotion of LawHelpMN.org, a website that provides comprehensive legal information, self-help forms, and referrals on civil legal matters of low-income Minnesotans.

Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf: $1,000 to provide attorney referral, advocacy, information and referral, and education to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing in Minnesota.

Minnesota AIDS Project: $1,500 to support the Minnesota AIDS Project Legal Services Program.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans: $2,000 to continue the VETLAW (Veterans Employed Through Legal Advocacy Work) program, which serves Minnesota veterans who are homeless, nearly homeless or in crisis.

Minnesota Fathers & Families Network: $500 to print copies of The Unmarried Fathers' Guide to Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support in Minnesota, soon to be revised edition (2010).

Minnesota Justice Foundation: $4,000 to support two summer law clerks (one in the Twin Cities and one in Greater Minnesota) who will work full-time at legal aid offices and public interest organizations during the summer of 2011.

Missions Inc Programs: $1,000 to support the Home Free Community Program which provides legal support to victims of domestic violence.

MSBA Civic Education Committee: $500 to support efforts to educate youth about the legal system thru the Lawyers in the Schools, Operation Mediation, and MN Supreme Court Traveling Oral Arguments programs.

MSBA Mock Trial Program: $1,500 to support the Mock Trial Program, which is a law-related education program involving high school students, teachers, judges and attorneys statewide.

Neighborhood Justice Center Inc:  $1,000 to provide comprehensive criminal defense and crime prevention services to low-income persons emphasizing outreach through the Legal Representation & Advice, Education and Expungement programs.

North Shore Horizons Inc: $1,000 to provide legal assistance and criminal justice intervention to domestic and sexual violence victims in Lake and Cook Counties, and, also, training for staff and law enforcement.

Oromo Community Inc Minneapolis / St Paul: $1,000 to support activities associated with assisting Oromo refugees with their immigration status in collaboration with the Legal Aid Society.

Range Women's Advocates:  $1,500 to support court advocacy, staff education and training to facilitate access to the legal system for victims of domestic violence.

Reentry Clinic of William Mitchell College of Law: $300 to provide legal assistance to men residing at the 180 Degrees halfway house in Minneapolis during three family law clinics, specifically assisting with child support modification, paternity, parenting time, and obtaining free credit reports.

Restorative Justice Community Action Inc: $1,000 to support efforts to improve community livability through restorative justice practices by allowing RJCA to sustain, expand and enhance their current services throughout Minneapolis.

Sexual Assault Program of Beltrami Cass & Hubbard Counties: $1,500 to provide legal advocacy to sexual violence victims in Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, and Hubbard counties and the Leech Lake Reservation.

Sexual Assault Program of Northern St Louis County: $1,500 to support legal advocacy services and staff education that will assist victims of sexual violence, some of whom suffer from mental illness, a disability, clinical depression and/or post traumatic stress.

Southwest Minnesota State University:  $500 for training and interpreting services by SMSU Somali students to help improve communication between the staff of the 5th District Public Defenders Office and their Somali-speaking clients.

The Innocence Project of Minnesota:  $1,000 to provide free legal services to indigent and potentially wrongfully convicted prisoners and to educate community members and representatives from the justice system about strategies to prevent such injustices from occurring.

The Refuge Network:  $1,000 to help fund supportive legal services and training for legal advocates to help women who seek assistance in leaving abusers or abusive relationships.

Volunteer Lawyers Network: $2,000 funding so that VLN can continue to provide legal services to low-income people, primarily in Hennepin County, through volunteer lawyers.

WATCH: $500 to support the presentation of the Providing Feedback to Your Courts webinar in November 2010, for development of a companion guidebook and to provide direct assistance to programs via phone, e-mail and onsite training.

Women in Need Depending on Other Women: $1,000 to provide court ordered Parents Forever curriculum in Hinckley where no such program exists in all of Pine and Kanabec Counties.

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