Sacramento County Bar Foundation


The Sacramento County Bar Foundation (“SCBF”) was established in 1986 as the 501c(3) charitable arm of the Sacramento County Bar Association.  The Foundation has a long history of providing grants to organizations in the Sacramento region that improve the administration of justice, enhance public confidence in the legal profession, cultivate understanding of and respect for the rule of law, and support law-related public services. The SCBF Board of Directors awards these grants annually to organizations that provide these services and meet criteria established by SCBF’s Board of Directors. 

The SCBF’s grant program is funded by donations from individuals and local businesses (primarily law firms), as well as by income SCBF realizes from special events and fundraisers.  The SCBF has operated its grant program since the organization’s inception.

Although on occasion the SCBF will provide all of the funding necessary for a particular program, in the majority of cases only a portion of the projected budget may be underwritten, usually on the express condition that the balance of the funds will be raised from other sources. These grants of “seed money,” however, often provide crucial assistance, not only in the form of the money itself, but in the form of building confidence of other funding sources that wish to contribute to such programs.

Due to budget constraints, the SCBF can only support a few of the worthy projects for which applications are submitted. Lack of approval should not be considered a reflection upon the merits of a project, and applicants are encouraged to reapply in the future.


Applications this year are due Friday, June 21, 2019. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of applications within 60 days. Applications received after the due date may be resubmitted for consideration for next year.  Applications will be evaluated by SCBF’s Board of Directors.  Applicants will be notified by letter of the disposition of their applications. Early applications are encouraged.


Applications may be submitted by e-mail to or through SCBF’s website at:  Alternatively, applicants may submit hard copies of their application by mailing the original application and two copies should be mailed or personally delivered in an envelope addressed to:

Personal communication with individual members of the Board of Directors regarding the status of a specific application is not encouraged. Such inquiries should be directed to SCBF by e-mail at or to SCBF board member Steve Duvernay at 916-447-4900.

Successful grant applications will be required, as a condition of funding, to complete two separate SCBF “Follow-up Reports.”  The first must be submitted within 60 days of receiving the grant, and the second must be submitted 180 days after receiving the grant.  The reports shall detail the expenditure of the funds, the receipt and expenditure of any matching funds, and an evaluation of the project’s achievements. More information concerning these reports will be given to organizations upon receipt of funding.


The Sacramento County Bar Foundation has a long history of providing grants to organizations in the Sacramento region that support its mission.  The Foundation has recently awarded grants to Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE), Sacramento Court Appointed Special Advocates, the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, and the Rio Americano High School CIVITAS Academy.


In 2016 Florin High School Law and the World (LAW) Academy received a $3,350 grant from the SCBF to help fund its Summer Institute in Energy Law and Policy

In 2017 the foundation awarded $5,000 to the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation and $1,000 to Operation Protect and Defend to support its annual Law Day festivities