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Lake County Bar Foundation



An Illinois Not-For-Profit Corporation and an Approved 501(c)(3) Organization




The Foundation was established in 1960 to promote the education of lawyers and advance the science of jurisprudence.  The purposes of the Foundation are: (a) promoting the charitable, educational, scientific and literary use of the Lake County Bar Association; (b) improving and facilitating the administration of justice; (c) promoting the study and research of law, the diffusion of legal knowledge and the continuing education of lawyers; (d) publishing and distributing addresses, reports, treatises and other literary works on legal subjects; (e) acquiring preserving and exhibiting rare books and documents, objects of art, and items of historical interest having legal significance or bearing on the administration of justice and assisting eligible lawyers and their families to cope with reasonable living expenses and or medical costs due to emergency, accident or illness. (Section 2 Foundation Bylaws)


Eligibility to Apply



The Lake County Bar Foundation recognizes non-profit agencies as eligible to apply for this offering.  Only one application will be accepted per agency per funding (fiscal) year.


Please email complete application and supporting materials to:  If you are not able to submit electronically, please mail to:


            Lake County Bar Foundation

            Attn: Grant Application

            300 Grand Ave STE A

            Waukegan, IL  60085



Does your Grant Application Meet One of the Following?

  • Publish and distribute literary works on the law

  • Promote the understanding of the law and to assist in legal education to the general public

  • Form partnerships among local agencies, legal professionals, and / or the court system to improve and facilitate the administration of justice.

  • Promote a greater awareness by Lake County citizens of how local legal professionals donate time, expertise, and funding to their community

  • Assisting eligible lawyers and their families to cope with reasonable living expenses and or medical costs due to emergency, accident or illness.


General Grant Process



Lake County Bar Foundation grant applications are considered once during each fiscal quarter.  The full application is due by the due date for consideration during the corresponding consideration month.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Due dates and consideration dates are:

Consideration Month                         Application Deadline

                QTR1                    July                                                                June 1 

                QTR2                    October                                                      September 1

                QTR3                   January                                                        December 1

                QTR4                   April                                                               March 1


  • Grant award funds will be distributed within 30 days of approval.
  • All grant funds must be encumbered or expended by the grantee within 12 months of award
  • Applicants must demonstrate outcomes based on community need with supporting reports submitted 12 months following the distribution



Review Process


  • This is a competitive process. 
  • The Lake County Bar Foundation Grants Committee will review applications and make a recommendation to the full Lake County Bar Foundation Board.
  • Final recommendations for funding are made by the Lake County Bar Foundation Board.
  • The Lake County Bar Foundation reserves the right to not award any grant funding.


Selection Process


Selection factors that will be taken into account include:

  • Submission by application deadline
  • Availability of granting funds
  • Applicant’s past grant performance
  • Extent to which the proposed grant awards represent a reasonable use of the funds
  • Possible duplication with government funded initiatives
  • Breadth and populous served with grant awards


Funding Restrictions


  • Costs incurred prior to consideration deadline are ineligible.
  • The Lake County Bar Foundation will not award funds for sectarian or religious purposes or to political organizations or campaigns.
  • The Lake County Bar Foundation’s 501 (c )(3) status is not jeopardized by the applicant’s request for funds, receipt or use of the funds.
  • Any funds paid to the grantee and not fully encumbered or expended within 12 months of the grant funding shall be returned to the Lake County Bar Foundation.
  • Awarding of the funds does not obligate the Lake County Bar Foundation to provide any additional or future funding for extensions or continuations of the project.


Reporting & Accountability


The successful applicant will be required to submit a final report within 12 months of the grant being issued, outlining in detail what services were rendered, correlating statistics, and how many end users were served with the grant funds.


  • Grant recipients must adhere in a timely manner to the reporting requirements herein outlined.
  • More frequent reporting may be required at the discretion of the Lake County Bar Foundation Board.
  • The Lake County Bar Foundation Board reserves the right to waive and/or amend specific application and/or reporting requirements, dates, and procedures on a case by case basis.
  • Failure to comply with the aforementioned reporting and accountability requirements may result in:

1.     Ineligibility for competitive grants for one year, and

2.     The return of grant monies in full or in part.



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