OBF Announces 2017 Grantees

2017 Grant Program Funding

By Candice Jones

The Oklahoma Bar Foundation is proud to announce that it will provide 2017 program funding to 23 non-profit organizations in the total amount of $444,175.  These grantees provide legal services, law-related education and work to improve to the administration of justice. The 23 Grantees represent the largest number of non-profit entities that the OBF has funded in its 70-year history.

Grants & Awards Committee Chair Patrick O’Hara Jr. stated, “This year we received significantly more applications than ever before. The Grants and Awards Committee interviewed each of the applicants over a two-day period. During this process, we had the opportunity to learn more about how these organizations are positively impacting their communities. From the growth of the OBA High School Mock Trial Program to the provision of assistance to deprived children and domestic violence victims, the stories of our grantees are truly inspiring.  It is both humbling and gratifying to be a part of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation’s efforts to make a difference in the lives of so many Oklahomans.”

Of the 23 grants awarded, 16 were made to organizations that received OBF funding last year, and the other grants will go to organizations that are first-time OBF grantees.  Entities applying for OBF funding must submit a detailed application about the program for which they seek funding, and must participate in personal interviews with the Grants & Awards Committee, which is composed of members of the OBF Board of Trustees.  The entire OBF board provides final approval for funding.

2017 Grantees

Canadian County CASA 
Advocacy services for abused/neglected children.
$15,000
The CARE Center 
Forensic Interviews for children in active abuse cases.
$10,000
Center for Children & Families
Divorce Visitation Arbitration Program – provides court ordered parent education, supervised visitation and exchange services for children in Cleveland County.
$15,000
Citizens for Juvenile Justice
Reading program for juveniles on probation. 
$3,000
Community Crisis Center
Court Advocate for victims of domestic violence in Ottawa County.
$5,000
Domestic Violence Intervention Services
Civil legal services and court advocacy for victims of domestic violence in Tulsa and Creek Counties.
$20,000
Family & Children’s Services 
Tulsa Family Court Program.
$7,000
Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools
Academy of Law and Public Safety.
$15,000
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Statewide support to provide free civil legal services for low-income individuals, families, seniors, and veterans.
$85,000
Marie Detty Youth & Family Services
New Directions Domestic Violence Court Advocate.
$15,000
OBA-YLD High School Mock Trial Program
Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Program , from local competitions through to national competition.
$50,000
OCU Law School American Indian Wills Legal Clinic
Law students under the supervision of a licensed attorney provide free will drafting services to American Indians in Oklahoma who own an interest in Indian Land.
$30,000
Oklahoma Family Legal Advocates
Free and low cost legal & social support services for families involved in the Oklahoma child welfare system.
$10,000
Oklahoma Guardian Ad Litem Institute 
Guardian Ad Litem services for children in low income families and training for court experts.
$10,000
Oklahoma Indian Legal Services
Indian Child Welfare Act Education Program.
$1,000
Oklahoma Lawyers for Children
Staff coordination of volunteer lawyers protecting & supporting children in the foster care system by representing them in emergency show cause hearings &  juvenile court.
$54,454.50
Teen Court
Teen court and educational classes for first time juvenile offenders.
$25,500
Tulsa Lawyers for Children
Staff coordination of volunteer lawyers representing children in Juvenile Court & at emergency show cause hearings in Tulsa County.
$36,954.50
TU Boesche Legal Clinic
Immigrant Rights Project – education program for law students to provide civil legal services to non-citizens and representation in Immigration Court.
$8,266
William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center
Prevention training to recognize, respond & report child abuse for educators, law enforcement & child welfare personnel in Rogers, Mayes & Craig Counties.
$3,000
YMCA , Youth & Government Program
Statewide Youth Model Legislative Day for 7th and 8th grade students and scholarships to the ABA National Judicial Competition.
$5,500
YWCA Tulsa
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services.
$10,000
Youth Services of Tulsa
Youth Court for first time juvenile offenders in Tulsa County.
$15,000

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