Maryland Bar Foundation

MD Bar Foundation

Grant Application

Part I – Information Requirement

About the Foundation

The Maryland Bar Foundation is a tax-exempt foundation organized:

    Pointer to foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of the law;
    Pointer to improve and to facilitate the administration of justice;
    Pointer to promote the study of the law and research therein, the diffusion of knowledge thereof, and the continuing education of lawyers;
    Pointer to cause to be published and to distribute addresses, reports, treatises and other literary works on legal subjects;
    Pointer to maintain a law library; and
    Pointer to acquire, preserve and exhibit rare books and documents, objects of art, and items of historical interest having legal significance or bearing on the administration of justice.

Funds for charitable purposes are raised by the Foundation primarily through donations of selected attorneys admitted to practice in the State of Maryland known as "Bar Fellows." The foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and is accountable to the contributing Bar Fellows.

Grant Process

  1. The Foundation has established its fiscal year as July 1 – June 30.
    It considers grant applications two times during each fiscal year at both its January and June meetings. Nov 1 is the deadline for consideration at the January meeting and April 1 is the deadline for consideration at the June meeting. Grant applications received after a deadline will be considered at the next designated grant review meeting. In its sole discretion and for good cause shown, the Foundation’s Board may consider a grant application on an expedited basis at any time during its fiscal year.
  2. Completed application – the attached application must be fully completed and returned to the Maryland Bar Foundation, 520 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Attn: Grant Application;
  3. Signed under oath;
  4. Approval by the Foundation Board – all requests for grants will be reviewed and acted upon by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Bar Foundation; and
  5. Funding mechanism – when a grant is approved, the grant will either be an outright award, or will be provided under certain conditions that the Board considers reasonable.

Part II – Grant Application Directions

  1. Please provide a brief description of the grantee organization and its history. Please attach any descriptive or supporting documentation of grantee available.
  2. Please provide documentation of any tax exempt status:
Pointer identify what exemption has been granted;
Pointer attach a copy of most recent Internal Revenue Service letter recognizing grantee as a tax exempt organization; and
Pointer in the event grantee has a non-profit corporate status, identify the state of incorporation and the date of grant of charter, and state whether the charter is currently effective.
  1. Please provide a complete description of the project for which funding is desired including the following:
Pointer date intended project is planned to begin; and
Pointer date that project will be completed.
  1. Please attach the past two years of financial data for the grantee organization including:
Pointer tax returns;
Pointer financial statements; and
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  1. Please provide any proposed budget for the project for which the grant is requested.
  2. Please describe all organizational fund raising for the past two years, identifying which fund raising was directed to the specific project, which is to be funded by the grant.
  3. Identify proposed fund raising, and those funds already received, for the specific project for which the grant is requested:
Pointer to date; and
Pointer proposed efforts.
  1. Identify all other organizations to whom any grant application has been made, and whether or not they have been received, during the past three years for this or any other fund raising.
  2. In the event the grant will be used for the purchase of equipment, describe the anticipated use of the equipment at the conclusion of the project.
  3. In the event of dissolution of the grantee organization, describe any controlling provisions relating to the disposition of assets.
  4. If it is anticipated that more funding will be required beyond the scope of this grant application in order to proceed with the project, or to continue the project, please describe all efforts to obtain additional or permanent funding.

Part III – Release of Liability & Right to Audit

Acceptance of any grant monies from the Maryland Bar Foundation is specifically conditioned upon the release from liability of the Foundation and its employees, agents or representative by the grantee, its agents or assigns.

The Maryland Bar Foundation reserves the right to conduct a financial audit of the grantee and the project for which the grant of the Foundation was given upon reasonable notice during regular business hours.

The Maryland Bar Foundation specifically conditions any grant to the grantee upon the complete, prompt and continuing disclosure of information relating to the grant and its use upon further request for information by the Foundation.

The grantee agrees to indicate the Maryland Bar Foundation’s financial support in connection with the project in such reasonable manner as the Foundation’s Board of Directors my request.

The undersigned agrees to accept all aforementioned terms, and solemnly swears or affirms that the answers to the foregoing questions and the information provided with the answers is true to the best of the undersigned’s personal knowledge, information and belief.

 

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Name of Grantee Organization Authorized Representative of Grantee (Print Name)
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Signature
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Date

Send Completed Applications to:

Angela Munro
Maryland Bar Foundation
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201