MJF invests in programs that promote equal access to justice for all Montanans. 

MJF has several types of grants: program grants, special project grants, law-related education grants, and grants made through the Bank of America grant program.

Program grants provide funding to qualified non-profit organizations committed to one or more of MJF’s charitable objectives. Special project grants support discrete, innovative projects targeting specific areas of need. Law-related education grants promote knowledge of the law and do not exceed $2,000 in funding. Community Opportunity grants (formerly called Bank of America grants) support legal assistance for community redevelopment and foreclosure prevention.

Since its inception, MJF has awarded nearly $7 million to scores of organizations across Montana. MJF grant funds provide essential legal help to those who would otherwise be forced to navigate our civil justice system alone. Our grantees help Montanans stay in housing, receive medical care, escape abusive and violent environments, and rebuild their lives on a path to health, safety, and self-sufficiency.

2018 Access to Justice Grantees

  • CASA for Kids (Kalispell)
  • CASA of Hill County
  • CASA of Lake & Sanders Counties
  • CASA of Missoula
  • CASA-CAN (Great Falls)
  • Cascade County Law Clinic
  • Community Dispute Resolution Center of Missoula
  • Community Mediation Center
  • Eastern Montana CASA GAL
  • Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Montana Fair Housing
  • Montana Generational Justice
  • Montana Innocence Project
  • Montana Legal Services Association
  • SAFE Harbor
  • Sanders County Coalition For Families
  • Yellowstone CASA
  • YWCA Billings

2019 Community Opportunity Grantees

  • Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana – Building Tribal Legal Infrastructure Project
  • Montana Generational Justice- Indian Will Clinics
  • Montana Legal Services Association- Consumer Protection Project
  • Montana Legal Services Association- Rural Incubator Program
  • Trust Montana- Community Land Trusts