Opportunity Grants

Funding Urgent Boots-on-the-Ground Initiatives

The American Bar Endowment’s Opportunity Grant Program supports new, boots-on-the-ground, innovative programs and projects that serve the immediate and critical legal needs of the public and are of importance to the legal profession and its concerns for access to justice.

The ABE Opportunity Grant Program funding focus areas include:

  • Increasing access to justice, especially for vulnerable and underserved populations using innovations to legal services delivery, capacity-building, or pro bono service.
  • Improvement of the justice system, including ensuring equal justice and elimination of bias; and
  • Increasing public understanding of legal rights and responsibilities so people can recognize legal problems and know how to address them.

Application Deadlines

The 2023 Opportunity Grant application cycle is now closed, and the grants will be announced in February of 2023. The 2024 grant cycle will open July 1, 2023. Letters of Inquiry will be due in September and applications will be due in October. Dates certain will be posted shortly. We are so very honored to be able to support the work of our grantees and look forward with excitement to each new grant cycle


Joanne Martin
American Bar Endowment
321 North Clark Street
Ste. 1400
Chicago, Illinois

Attention: Opportunity Grants

For information regarding the ABE Opportunity Grants, contact Joanne Martin at grants@abenet.org or (312) 988-6408.


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“I recently resigned from my job as a corporate attorney to follow my passion to elevate Girls Embracing Mothers to new heights. The ABE Opportunity Grant was wonderful gift. Your belief in GEM's mission is confirmation I made the right decision.”

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The experience of the people described in this material may not be representative of the experiences of other members.