The current funding cycle is for the term of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The deadline for this cycle’s grant applications is February 1, 2019. See the Eligibility Criteria* and Application Review Criteria** for more information.

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*ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Direct Legal Services: The NCBF Endowment provides support for the provision of direct legal services by legal services attorneys to indigent communities in an effort to ensure access to justice for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

Volunteer Attorney Pro Bono Programs: The NCBF Endowment provides support for pro bono programs and activities that engage volunteer attorneys to provide free legal assistance to persons of limited means, in order to increase access to justice and demonstrate the value of our profession to society.

Public/Community Service: The NCBF Endowment provides support for community service projects that create opportunities for lawyers, paralegals, law students and other members of the profession to strengthen and improve communities throughout the state, in measurable ways.

Civics/Justice Education: The NCBF Endowment provides support for civic education programs that place an emphasis on the law, the justice system, and the legal profession in order to educate the public and to build confidence in the rule of law and our justice system.

Professionalism for Attorneys: The NCBF Endowment provides support for programs and activities that promote attorney competence or professionalism in order to cultivate a culture of service, invest in training of lawyer leaders, and use innovative approaches to bring North Carolina lawyers together to work for the common good.

**APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA

Does the Applicant program provide support for the provision of direct legal services by legal services attorneys to indigent communities in an effort to ensure access to justice for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay?

Does the Applicant program provide support for pro bono programs and activities that engage volunteer attorneys to provide free legal assistance to persons of limited means, in order to increase access to justice and demonstrate the value of our profession to society?

Does the Applicant program provide support for community service projects that create opportunities for lawyers, paralegals, law students and other members of the profession to strengthen and improve communities throughout the state, in measurable ways?

Does the Applicant program provide support for civic education programs that place an emphasis on the law, the justice system, and the legal profession in order to educate the public and to build confidence in the rule of law and our justice system?

Does the Applicant program provide support for programs and activities that promote attorney professionalism or competence in order to cultivate a culture of service, invest in training of lawyer leaders, and use innovative approaches to bring North Carolina lawyers together to work alongside one another for the common good?

Does the Applicant meet a Foundation mission, vision, or values element that is not otherwise met by another grant Applicant during this grant cycle?

Does the Applicant program serve under-served or less well-resourced geographic areas of the state?

Is the Applicant program is led or facilitated by volunteer lawyers?

Does the Applicant’s organization maintain a seat on its Board for a lawyer?

Is the Applicant a former or current grantee that has been willing to share client impact stories and other information requested to support the Foundation’s development and fundraising efforts?

Is the Applicant program a former or current grantee with a history of partnership and accountability, and has complied with administrative requests for information and reports in a timely manner?

Does the Applicant program have long-term, demonstrated success at achieving its defined program goals and impacts?

Does the Applicant program have alternative sources of grant funding or willing to help develop sponsorships to help supplement Endowment funding?

Is the Applicant a North Carolina Bar Foundation program?