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About ABE

American Bar Endowment
Opportunity Grant Program

Thank you for your interest in the ABE Opportunity Grant Program and for exploring your edibility to apply for a grant. Please read the following information carefully before you decide to submit your application.

Overview of the American Bar Endowment

The American Bar Endowment (ABE), a tax-exempt charitable organization, was established in 1942 for "to advance the legal study and research and to promote the administration of justice and uniformity of judicial decision throughout the United States." The ABE carries out this purpose by sponsoring quality, affordable insurance plans for American Bar Association lawyer members. These plans provide the insureds the opportunity to donate plan dividends to the ABE. These donations are used, along with funds from the ABE's Legal Legacy Fund, to make grants in support of law-related research, projects and programs of importance to the public and the profession. Over the past 65 years plus, through the generosity of ABE insured members and prudent management of the Legal Legacy Fund, the ABE has made grants of more than $297 million to support such critical efforts.

Recently the ABE created the Opportunity Grant Program to enhance its support of projects and programs that address the legal needs of underserved communities. You can learn more about whether your organization and project meet the guidelines of the Opportunity Grant Program by reading this information about Opportunity Grant Program goals, organizational eligibility, project/program eligibility and application process.

Application Process and Deadlines

Please use this application form and budget template to submit your request. Prospective applicants can contact Jackie Casey at 312-988-6402 or jcasey@abenet.org with questions about applying or for more information and assistance.

To be considered, applicants must submit their proposals to the ABE by 5:00 Central Standard Time on Monday, September 30, 2019. To be considered, applications must be complete. Announcement of grant awards will take place on or before February 28, 2020. Grants awards will be paid by April 1, 2020.

Applicants are asked to read and sign this Grant Agreement and submit it with their application.

ABE Opportunity Grant Program Contact Information

Jackie Casey
American Bar Endowment
321 North Clark Street, 14th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60654-7648
Attention: Opportunity Grants

Click here for a full list of ABE Opportunity Grants


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