OBF Awards $1.2 Million in Grants to 45 Nonprofits

The Oklahoma Bar Foundation (OBF) is excited to announce that $1.2 Million in grants will be awarded to 45 nonprofits for fiscal year 2024 program funding. This is the largest amount of grant funding ever given through the annual OBF IOLTA Program. The newly named Grantees anticipate helping over 66,000 Oklahomans next year. How the 45 Grantees achieve their individual missions is unique, but they all have one thing in common – a major need for client access to legal representation.

“Every year the OBF receives grant requests from nonprofits who provide crucial law related services throughout our state to those most in need,” says Jim Dowell, OBF Grants & Awards Chair. “Providing essential funding for these organizations is at the core of the OBF’s mission. Hearing the impact of the OBF’s IOLTA grants on the lives of Oklahomans is one of the most rewarding aspects of serving on the OBF Board.”

The Board-approved increase in grant funds means Grantees can better serve their clients with direct access to life-changing legal services. One of the Grant recipients, The Spero Project, whose mission is to serve the refugee community in Oklahoma City, received a grant supplement to hire a full-time staff immigration attorney.

“We are so excited to join this year’s IOLTA grant recipients,” says Brad Bandy, Founder of The Spero Project. “We are going to maximize this investment by offering immigration legal support for families living with pending immigration status. Our neighbors know the anxiety and desperation everyday of living in limbo and uncertainty about their future. ‘We eat and drink with it.… We sleep with it,’ one woman told me. But when they know that progress is being made on their cases for their families, and especially their children, there’s a sense of hope, and it changes lives. The impact of this work is generational! Thank you for thinking of us and growing with us! We love partnering with OBF to help our neighbors carry their burdens as we walk into a brighter future. And who knows, we might even get to be the answer to some prayers!“

OBF Grantees provide critical legal services across the state to abused and neglected children, domestic violence and human trafficking survivors, refugees, and immigrants living in Oklahoma. They also provide court ordered juvenile and family services programs, adult diversion programs, legal clinics, and teen law-related educational programs like Mock Trial.

2024 OBF Grant Recipients:

Grantee  Program/Project Service Area Grant Amount Lives Impacted 
1st Step Male Diversion Program 1st Step Parenting Course Tulsa, Creek & Wagoner  Counties $15,025.00 25
CASA of Canadian County Court Advocacy for Abused Children Canadian County $15,000.00 130
The CARE Center Child Abuse Forensic Interviewing Program Oklahoma County $10,000.00 850
CASA of Southern Oklahoma Court Advocacy for Abused Children Carter, Love, Murray, Johnston & Marshall Counties $15,000.00 90
CASA for Kids Court Advocacy for Abused Children Kay, Logan & Payne Counties $15,000.00 164
CASA of Northeast Oklahoma Family Preservation Project Craig, Mayes & Rogers Counties $25,000.00 193
CASA of Oklahoma County Court Advocacy for Abused Children Oklahoma County $15,000.00 653
CASA of Pawnee/Osage County Court Advocacy for Abused Children Osage & Pawnee Counties $20,000.00 65
CASA of Western Oklahoma Court Advocacy for Abused Children Beckham, Custer, Dewey, Roger Mills & Washita Counties $15,000.00 230
Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma Immigration Legal Services Muskogee, Osage & Tulsa Counties $25,000.00 800
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Immigration Legal Services Canadian, Cleveland & Oklahoma Counties $50,000.00 518
Center for Children and Families Divorce and Co-Parenting Services Cleveland & Oklahoma Counties $20,000.00 560
Child Abuse Network Forensic Interviews & Court Advocacy Okmulgee, Tulsa & Wagoner Counties $20,000.00 1,600
Citizens for Juvenile Justice Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau Literacy Initiative Oklahoma County $4,399.50 100
Citizens for Juvenile Justice Connect to Redirect Program Oklahoma County $4,725.00 1,500
Community Crisis Center Court Advocates Ottawa & Delaware Counties $9,945.00 650
Domestic Violence Intervention Services DVIS Legal Program Creek & Tulsa Counties $20,000.00 3,871
Garfield County Child Advocacy Council Court Advocacy for Abused Children Garfield, Kingfisher & Woodward Counties $20,000.00 200
Historical Society of the U.S. District Court Judicial Learning Center: Significant Cases Program Development Statewide $20,000.00 700
Legal Aid Services Of Oklahoma Access to Civil Legal Services Statewide $130,000.00 25,000
Marie Detty Youth & Family Services Domestic & Sexual Violence & Stalking Prevention Services Caddo, Comanche & Cotton Counties $20,000.00 798
Mary Abbott Children’s House Forensic Interview Program Cleveland, Garvin & McClain Counties $7,500.00 1,000
Mental Health Association Oklahoma Special Services Docket Tulsa County $25,000.00 240
Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation Legal Education and Engagement Statewide $25,000.00 1,000
Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice Mental Illness & Criminal Law Handbook Statewide $15,000.00 10,000
Oklahoma CASA Association Training for CASA Volunteers & Local Programs Statewide $12,000.00 3,100
Oklahoma City University College of Law American Indian Wills Clinic Statewide $30,000.00 100
Oklahoma Guardian Ad Litem Institute GAL Services for low-income children & families Statewide $50,000.00 100
Oklahoma Bar Association High School Mock Trial Program Statewide $50,000.00 800
Oklahoma Lawyers for Families and Children Family Advocacy Program Oklahoma & Canadian Counties $130,000.00 3,500
Palomar: Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center Palomar Legal Network Cleveland, Oklahoma & Logan Counties $5,000.00 100
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa Tulsa Safe Babies Court Team Tulsa County $20,000.00 210
Pittsburg County Child Abuse Response Effort Victim’s Advocacy & Community Training Pittsburgh County $15,000.00 250
ReMerge of Oklahoma County ReMerge Diversion Program Statewide $10,000.00 85
The Spero Project Refugee Legal Support Services Canadian, Cleveland & Oklahoma Counties $100,000.00 350
The Spring Legal Services for Sex Trafficking & Domestic Violence Survivors Statewide $15,000.00 2,200
Teen Court Delinquency Prevention/Peer Court Comanche County $30,000.00 1,200
Trinity Legal Clinic of Oklahoma Community Justice Initiative Canadian, Cleveland & Oklahoma Counties $65,000.00 300
Tulsa Lawyers for Children Legal Representation for Abused Children Tulsa County $60,000.00 250
The University of Tulsa TU Law Immigration Programs Statewide $58,000.00 800
Western Plains Youth & Family Services Services for Juveniles in Detention Ellis, Harper & Woodward Counties $20,000.00 100
YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City Youth & Government Program Oklahoma County $8,000.00 800
Youth and Family Resource Center Court Advocacy for Abused Children Lincoln & Pottawatomie Counties $10,000.00 47
Youth Services of Tulsa Youth Court Tulsa County $10,000.00 400
YWCA of Tulsa Immigration Legal Services Rogers, Tulsa & Wagoner Counties $30,000.00 858
$1,289,594.50 66,487

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