Will You Answer our Call to Action?
Each year through generous support for our Call to Action initiative, local law firms and businesses give low-income District residents vital access to legal resources. When you give to the Foundation, you help provide a wide range of services – including grants, trainings and technical assistance, and student debt loan repayment assistance – to dozens of legal aid organizations and attorneys throughout DC. Invest in justice by joining the Foundation’s Call to Action campaign. We are more than 80% of the way to our goal of $661,500. Contact Development Director Daryl Byler at firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information, or you can donate online or by filling out our donation form.
Apply for our Loan Repayment Assistance Program 2019
Are you committed to serving the most vulnerable people in our community? If you work for one of our eligible employers in DC and provide free legal services to low income residents, we may be able to help you pay off your student loans with our 2019 Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). Applications are due October 25, 2019. To learn more and to see if you qualify, visit our information page.
DC Bar Foundation’s 2020 Grants Timeline
We are gearing up for another successful grants year. The Foundation accepts applications annually from nonprofit organizations that provide free civil legal aid to low-income DC residents and administers these grants on a January 1 through December 31 grant year.
We welcome you to learn more about each of these opportunities on our website, and to assist in your application preparation, please review our 2020 Grants Timeline below.
- Release Request for Applications for 2020
- Information sessions for grants applications
- Grant applications due (August 23rd)
- In-person interviews with applicants
- 2020 grant awards announced
- 2020 grant year begins on January 1
Thank you for your interest and continued support, and please contact us at email@example.com should you have any questions.
Save the Date: July 30 Info Session for 2020 Access to Justice & Private Grants Programs
We will host an information session for organizations interested in submitting proposals under the 2020 Access to Justice Grants program and the Private Grants program on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Access to Justice Grants support organizations that provide legal assistance in underserved areas in DC and housing-related matters; they also support a shared legal services interpreter bank. The Private Grants program provides unrestricted funds for DC legal aid providers.
RSVPs are required. Please RSVP here no later than Thursday, July 25. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Mikayla Sweet, Grants Manager at the DC Bar Foundation.
Years on the Job
Where did you grow up?
Lake Wylie, SC
What brought you to DC?
I knew I wanted to work in the nonprofit sector, and DC is the best location for that. I moved right after I finished my undergraduate degree.
What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?
I was a fundraiser for an international child sponsorship organization. I learned a lot more about developing nations and how the work of a few can positively impact the lives of many.
Not wearing the outfit I laid out the night before.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Mi Cuba Café
Favorite vacation spot
A cabin in some secluded mountains
One item from your bucket list
Open a Cookout franchise in Adams Morgan, DC
Cooking, reading, gardening
Your news source(s)
One thing (other than your phone) you never leave your house without is…
If I weren’t working the DC Bar Foundation, I would be…
Hopefully rich and traveling the world.
[District of Columbia, May 28, 2019] – The DC Bar Foundation seeks applications for new members of its Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC). Applications for two-year terms starting October 1, 2019 and expiring September 30, 2021 are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 2, 2019.
The YLN LC offers younger attorneys an opportunity to further the goal of access to justice in our community by working with the DC Bar Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to fund, support, and improve legal representation of the poor, vulnerable, and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia. Members of the YLN LC serve as ambassadors who promote the Foundation’s mission and programs by engaging in regular meetings, grantee site visits, and quarterly networking dinners. The group is also actively involved in the organization’s fundraising efforts, through hosting an annual event, Lip Sync for Justice, that provides critical support to low-income DC residents in need of legal representation. We invite all interested applicants to attend this year’s Lip Sync for Justice event – happening on June 6 from 6 – 9 PM at Arnold & Porter – to meet the DC Bar Foundation team and current members of the YLN LC.
To qualify for consideration, individuals must be members of the District of Columbia Bar in good standing, under the age of 40 at the start of their term, either live or work in the District of Columbia, and commit to carrying out the responsibilities of the YLN LC. Staff of LRAP-eligible employers, or of organizations eligible to receive funding from the DC Bar Foundation, are ineligible for membership.
Interested applicants should submit a completed application form, résumé, letter of interest, and up to two letters of support that speak to their commitment to advance the District’s civil legal services network. Please send all materials to Greer Richey, Development and Communications Assistant, at email@example.com. Please include “Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, [Your Full Name]” in the subject line of the email. Additional information about the YLN LC is available on the Foundation’s website at www.dcbarfoundation.org.
About the DC Bar Foundation: For DC residents in poverty, we make strategic investments to strengthen and expand our civil legal aid network, addressing critical needs and improving our community. As the largest funder of civil legal aid in the District, we are a steadfast community partner, committed to protecting access to justice in life’s most pivotal moments.