Suggested Funding Resources for Chapter Events


Chapter Activity Fund:
A chapter may apply for a grant from the Chapter Activity Fund to finance an event. There are no limitations on the amount of money requested, but consideration will be given to available funds, the costs of the program and efforts to use alternative funding. There are no restrictions on the number of applications a chapter may submit. However, consideration of a request will be viewed in light of the prior grants given to a chapter. Priority for CAF funds will be given to smaller and newer chapters, and to events, programs and/or activities which have not previously been funded by CAF grants. The rules and application can be found here. Applications are submitted on a rolling basis.

Foundation of the Federal Bar Association Chapter Community Outreach Grants: The Foundation of the Federal Bar, which is a charitable arm of the FBA, will fund community service or outreach projects that involve FBA Chapter participation. Check the website for the rules and the application. Deadlines for applications are on December 15 and June 15 each year.

Ilene and Michael Shaw Public Service Award: A $5,000 annual grant to provide seed money to plan and implement a public service program, as well as to continue an existing program. This award is given at the Annual Convention, with an application deadline of June 1.

The Ilene and Michael Shaw Younger Lawyer Public Service Grant: A $5,000 grant awarded annually for public service projects and pro bono law related services administered by a chapter Younger Lawyer Committee. This award is given at the Annual Convention, with an application deadline of June 1.

Sections as Co-Sponsors: Chapters can co-sponsor events with Sections, which combines funding, resources and labor. Click here for a listing of sections and their leadership.

Divisions as Co-Sponsors: Chapters can co-sponsor events with Divisions, which combines funding, resources and labor. Click here for a listing of divisions and their leadership.

Chapters as Co-Sponsors: Pool your money, your talent, your resources and your membership with another chapter to make an event doubly successful. This works especially well if you are in close proximity, so that members of both chapters can attend. Also, a particularly well-known speaker may attract collaboration.

Private Firms as Hosts: Think about asking private firms to host events, which substantially cuts costs and allows the chapter to build its treasury from the proceeds of the event.

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