— The San Diego County Bar Foundation (SDCBF) awarded a total of $105,000 to 14 San Diego nonprofit organizations as part of its 2017 grant cycle. Grant recipients promote public understanding of the law through public service programs, improve the San Diego court system and expand the availability of legal services to county residents.

“Our grants have benefitted tens of thousands of children, elderly, domestic violence victims, immigrants and veterans in San Diego for almost 40 years.” said Neal Rockwood, president of SDCBF’s Board of Directors.

SDCBF’s Grant Review Committee of leading local attorneys and businesspeople selected recipient organizations, out of the requests, to receive grants based on eligibility and need. The foundation’s funds come from the local legal and business communities and from fundraising events throughout the year, including SDCBF’s signature “Evening in La Jolla” benefit.

The grant awards were given to:

American Bar Association — $7,500 to support the Immigration Justice Project Pro Bono Program and assist with training pro bono attorneys to ensure high quality representation.

California Rural Legal Assistance — $5,000 for direct legal services to those who work in the agricultural industry via the Migrant Farmworker Program.

California Veterans Legal Task Force — $5,000 to support free legal assistance to poor, mentally challenged veterans.

Cal-Western Community Law Project — $5,000 to provide one-on-one free legal consultations and regular community legal education to mainly low-income individuals.

Casa Cornelia Law Center — $15,000 in operating funds to provide sustained and responsive legal services to the indigent immigrant community.

Center for Community Solutions — $7,500 to help provide trauma-informed, culturally sensitive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking throughout San Diego County.

Community Resource Center — $5,000 to support general operations, The Legal Advocacy program and assist in increasing the accessibility and use of the legal system for domestic violence survivors, reducing their barriers to long-term safety and stability.

Elder Law & Advocacy— $15,000 to provide pro bono legal services to low-income seniors of San Diego County.

Jewish Family Service of San Diego — $5,000 to assist with general operations and provide a full-time intake specialist who will conduct initial assessments, identify immigration service needs, and coordinate internal and external referrals.

Legal Aid Society of San Diego — $7,500 to help continue the operation of the San Diego County Conservatorship Assistance Program.

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program — $17,500 to support the weekly Family Law Clinic and provide free legal assistance to low-income individuals in their family law matters who otherwise would be unrepresented.