The Barbara McDowell Foundation is currently accepting applications for its grant program to improve the economic well-being, social conditions, and civil liberties of disadvantaged persons and groups in the United States.
Cases falling within the Foundation’s focused Issue Areas, including:
- Access to Benefits
- Children’s Rights
- Disability Rights
- Domestic Violence
- Environmental Justice
- Native American Rights
- Prisoners’ Rights
- Refugee and Immigration Rights
- Voting Rights
- Veteran’s Rights
The Foundation seeks to award grants for cases litigating social justice issues meeting the following criteria-
- Cases which will significantly improve the well-being, social conditions, and/or civil liberties of a large number of disadvantaged persons and groups throughout the United States.
- Systemic cases which will significantly impact a specific area of the law or legal issue through the establishment of a legal precedent.
- The grant application must be for a specific case. Grants will be awarded for a currently active case or a case which will be filed with reasonable certainty within 60 days of the date the grant application being submitted.
- The Foundation does not support cases where the relief sought is for an individual except if it would involve an important legal precedent addressing a systemic issue.
- The Foundation does not support criminal cases where an individual is charged with a crime or the filing of an amicus brief.
- The Foundation will not award a grant where an organization is seeking general support for its mission.
- Successful past grant applicants can be considered for grants in subsequent years based upon the results of the grantee’s efforts in prior year(s).
For more information, visit https://www.mcdowellfoundation.org/application-overview