The New York Bar Foundation announced more than $600,000 in charitable and educational grants to nearly 100 legal services organizations across the state. The grants help fund organizations that help New Yorkers in every region of the state.

“We received over 100 grant applications to assist groups with a range of issues like access to education, COVID 19 recovery, domestic violence prevention, family and elder law assistance and human trafficking to name a few,” said Foundation President Carla M. Palumbo.

The Foundation allocated more than $162,000 to the New York State Bar Association for pro bono appeals, attorney well-being and the New York State High School Mock Trial. Grants last year helped more than 160,000 New Yorkers with legal needs.

“Thanks to our generous donors, we have been able to distribute at least one grant in the 9 judicial districts that applied,” said Lucia Whisenand, chair of the Foundation’s Grants Review Committee. “It is personally fulfilling to see how the Foundation’s work helps our neighbors and fellow New Yorkers from Brooklyn to Buffalo, Hudson to Horseheads.”

The Foundation grants typically range from $5,000 to $15,000 for each recipient.  June Castellano, vice-chair of the Grants Review Committee, says the money can do more than just fund programs. “The funding serves as an important tool for organizations to attract additional funding from other sources.”

“The generosity of fellows, state bar association members, and our donors makes our work possible,” Palumbo said. “We are happy to be able to make a difference for these nonprofit organizations.”

2022 Foundation Grantee Organizations

First Judicial District (Manhattan):

  • Advocates for Children of New York
  • Boys and Girls Republic
  • Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC
  • Catholic Charities Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York
  • Center for Family Representation
  • Day One New York
  • Emerald Isle Immigration Center
  • FamilyKind
  • Goddard Riverside Community Center
  • Her Justice
  • HIAS
  • International Refugee Assistance Project
  • LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Lawyers For Children
  • Legal Action Center
  • Legal Services NYC
  • LGBT Bar Association and Foundation of Greater New York
  • Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York
  • The New Life School
  • Mobilization for Justice
  • National Center for Law and Economic Justice
  • New York Asian Women’s Center
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • NMIC
  • Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
  • Pro Bono Net
  • Safe Horizon
  • Start Small Think Big
  • The Door – A Center of Alternatives
  • The Legal Aid Society
  • The Liberty Fund
  • The Open Door NJNY
  • Under 21
  • Covenant House New York
  • UnLocal
  • Urban Justice Center
  • Volunteers of Legal Service
  • Youth Represent

Second Judicial District (Kings County):

  • Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Brooklyn Defender Services
  • Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
  • Catholic Migration Services
  • Disability Rights New York
  • Exalt Youth
  • Gender Equality Law Center
  • JustFix
  • Legal Information for Families Today
  • Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
  • The Children’s Law Center
  • The Family Center

Third Judicial District (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster counties):

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region
  • Joseph’s House & Shelter
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
  • New York Newspapers Foundation
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • NYSBA Law, Youth and Citizenship Program
  • NYSBA, Department of Public Interest
  • NYSBA, Lawyer Assistance Program
  • Prisoners’ Legal Services
  • The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood
  • United Tenants of Albany
  • Worker Justice Center of New York

 Fifth Judicial District (Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, Oneida, Onondaga counties):

  • Center for Community Alternatives
  • Resolution Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY

Sixth Judicial District (Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins counties): Horseheads Family Resource Center

Seventh Judicial District (Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates counties):

  • CASA of Rochester/Monroe County
  • Empire Justice Center
  • Hillside Children’s Foundation
  • Legal Aid Society of Rochester
  • Legal Assistance of Western New York
  • Lifespan of Greater Rochester
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County

Eighth Judicial District (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming counties):

  • Center for Elder Law & Justice, Family Justice Center of Erie County
  • Mental Health Advocates of Western New York
  • New York State Bar Association, Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction
  • The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo
  • Western New York Law Center

Ninth Judicial District (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester counties):

  • Girls Rule the Law
  • Legal Aid Society of Rockland County
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
  • My Sisters’ Place
  • Pace Women’s Justice Center
  • Petey Greene Program

Tenth Judicial District (Nassau, Suffolk counties):

  • EAC Network
  • Huntington Youth Bureau Youth Development Research Institute
  • Mercy Haven
  • Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee
  • Project PATCH – Law Related Education Program of the Northport – East Northport School District
  • The Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center
  • The Safe Center LI

Eleventh Judicial District (Queens county):

  • Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
  • Legal Outreach
  • Queens Defenders

Twelfth Judicial District (Bronx County):

  • BronxWorks
  • South Bronx United
  • Part of the Solution