Opportunity Grants

Funding Urgent Boots-on-the-Ground Initiatives

The American Bar Endowment’s Opportunity Grant Program provides support to new, boots-on-the-ground, innovative projects that address issues of immediate importance to the public and the legal profession. Through these grant awards, the ABE supports:

  • Access to justice, especially for vulnerable and underserved populations, through the innovative expansion of legal services, including maximizing pro bono service delivery.
  • The rule of law and the improvement of the justice system, including ensuring equal justice and the elimination of bias.
  • Increased public understanding of the law and the legal system to foster greater civic engagement.

Application Deadlines

The 2020 grant cycle is closed. Notices of the grant awards for that cycle were made in January and the grant awards will be paid by April 1. The 2021 cycle will open on July 1, with proposals due by September 30.

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.

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


Jackie Casey
American Bar Endowment
321 North Clark Street
Ste. 1400
Chicago, Illinois

Attention: Opportunity Grants


Funding urgent, boots on the ground initiatives.

For information regarding the ABE Opportunity Grants, contact Jackie Casey at JCasey@abenet.org or (312) 988-6402.


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