Applications Open for 2020 Barbara McDowell Foundation Grants

The Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation (“McDowell Foundation”) encourages interested nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2020 social justice litigation grant. The Foundation expects to allocate $150,000 to $200,000 between five organizations for its 2020 grants. 

The McDowell Foundation aims to improve the economic well-being, social conditions, and civil liberties of disadvantaged persons and groups in the United States. We fulfill our mission by making annual grants to organizations that undertake systemic, social justice litigation focusing on a variety of causes. The Foundation awards grants for cases that will have an impact on an area of the law or a legal issue through the establishment of a legal precedent. 

We recommend that you review the Foundation's website – – for a comprehensive overview of the application process, the work of our former grantees, and our mission at-large.  Our website has recently been updated with an easier-to-use online grant application

Applications must be submitted by August 1st for grants to be awarded for the following fiscal year of the Foundation which is October 1st to September 30th. The exact amount of the grants will depend upon several factors, including the amount of the Foundation's capital at the end of the current grant cycle and the importance of the proposed pieces of litigation.

For questions or further information, please contact either Jerry Hartman, Foundation President, 703-919-0423, or Aaron Stiner, Executive Administrator, 602-349-7603,

(June 2019)