Bar association opens grant system

ALBANY — The New York Bar Foundation has opened its 2019 grant application system with a new feature that will make the process more accessible to law-related charities in the state via online applications for grants.

Applications may be filed online until Sept. 15 at

In recognition of the significant need to improve access to justice all across the state, the online grant management system will streamline the application, grant-making, and grant-fulfillment processes, allowing for more efficient delivery of funding for legal services to those in need.

The foundation, the New York State Bar Association’s nonprofit charitable arm, has stepped up its fundraising efforts and expects to award close to $750,000 to a record number of organizations in January 2019.

“The foundation has set a strategic plan focusing on the rule of law, and in particular, equal access to justice,” said foundation president Lesley Rosenthal.

“Building on the strengths of our past leadership and the enduring importance of our mission, we aim to cultivate broad-based support, making even more of a difference in the lives of our neighbors in New York.”

In recent weeks, the foundation has raised more than $20,000 in emergency funding to provide pro bono legal representation for immigrant children separated from their parents, in a special appeal called #NYLawyers4Children. To give to this initiative, visit

Also this summer, inspired by state Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, the foundation has granted Catalyst public interest fellowships totaling more than $100,000 to 54 students from 14 law schools across the state.

Rosenthal recently kicked off her new term with a President’s Challenge, inviting board members and former NYSBA leaders to move into the next circle of giving and increase the amount of funds available for the grant program. This initiative generated more than $115,000 in pledged money that will assist the foundation in 2019 and beyond.

For more information about the New York Bar Foundation, visit