The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation

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AAML Foundation Grants

Project Funding

The Foundation has awarded grants since 1992. Examples of projects recently funded by the Foundation include:

  • Shelters and other legal assistance for victims of domestic violence
  • Recommendations regarding important issues in matrimonial law, such as representation of children and custody issues
  • Education of judges, attorneys and related professionals about family law issues through symposia and other means
  • Promotion of free and low-cost family law representation and mental health services for indigent clients, with special emphasis on abused spouses and children
  • Scholarships for law students in family law and training of young family law attorneys
  • Programs in schools and courts to help children deal with the effects of divorce
  • Marriage enrichment programs to help prevent divorce

How to Apply for Grants

The grant requirements are set forth in detail in the application. Preliminarily, the applicant must be providing programs or activities related to family enrichment or family law to be eligible to receive funds from the Foundation. 

An applicant must also meet one of the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Be a U.S.-based organization that has a current letter from the IRS that says the organization qualifies as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or
  • Be able to demonstrate that the proposed project for which the funds will be used qualifies as an activity in which a Section 501(c)(3) organization is permitted to engage, or
  • Be individuals who provide research and/or education involving issues pertinent to family law

Application Process: The completed application, signed by the properly authorized individuals, and required documents, as listed on the application, must be received either by mail or email no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15 of the year in which the application is submitted. If submitting by email, the application, formatted as a PDF file, with the required documents should be emailed to Kimberley Scott at  The decision as to the awarding of the grants is in the sole discretion of the Foundation Board of Directors.

The application must: (1) respond to all questions set forth in the “Project Narrative”; and (2) contain all data required by the application, or it may be deemed incomplete and ineligible for consideration. The applicant is encouraged to provide as much detail as appropriate to assist the Board of Directors of the Foundation in making grant decisions.

To receive a grant application print one here, or contact

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation
209 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 602
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Tel: 312. 263.6477 ext. 407

The Foundation will give particular consideration to projects which are either initiated and completed within the grant year or which receive funding from other sources after the Foundation provides the initial start-up funds.

Grants awarded generally will not exceed $5,000 annually, although this may vary based on a number of factors including the nature of the specific grant application. Grant monies are ordinarily distributed to applicants by November of each year.