MJF invests in programs that promote equal access to justice for all Montanans.
MJF has makes three types of grants: program grants to legal aid organizations, special project grants, and law-related education grants. MJF also awards grants through the Bank of America grant program.
Program grants to legal aid organizations (such as those that fund organizations providing direct legal services) make up the bulk of MJF’s grant making. Special project grants are identified by MJF and given at the organizations discretion with the recommendation of the board. Special projects could include programs that, for example, promote increased pro bono services. Law-related education grants promote knowledge of the law and do not exceed $2,000 in funding. Examples of such programs are We the People or mock trial events for high school students. As recipients of settlement monies from a national mortgage-related settlement between Bank of America and the U.S. Department of Justice, MJF also makes Bank of America grants that provide legal services for community redevelopment and foreclosure prevention.
MJF has a process and policies for awarding, evaluating, and tracking grants as well as guidelines for how the organization’s budget is allocated to grants programs.