What is Community Legal Grants?
The Victoria Law Foundation Community Legal Grants is a program that will support projects that improve community understanding of civil legal issues where there is a demonstrated community need.
The Victoria Law Foundation Community Legal Grants is most likely to fund one-off projects that address a legal issue for a specific community, such as a series of fact sheets about fines and infringements, or pilot projects that offer new approaches to delivering legal information.
The Grants Subgroup of the Foundation’s Board makes funding decisions at regularly scheduled meetings during the year. The 2019/20 meetings will be held in March and June 2020.
Community Legal Grants provide up to $20,000.
The types of projects likely to be funded include:
- one-off projects – to address a legal issue which is likely to make a difference for a specific audience, for example, a legal resource – video, fact sheet
- pilot projects – offering new approaches or to trial a strategy and gain further insights, for example, the delivery of legal information in a new format that could be duplicated in other services.
Grant applications are assessed against the Foundation’s statutory functions, grant priority and guiding principles. The following criteria are also considered as part of the assessment process:
- grants can only be made to organisations
- the project must primarily benefit Victorians
- legal need – what is the legal need of the target audience? What is the evidence?
- project methodology – what will you do to address the need?
- format – how does the format meet the needs of the target audience?
- duplication – does the information already exist?
- capacity – does the organisation have the skills and resources to undertake the project?
- impact – what difference will this work make?
- dissemination and promotion – has a strategy been developed to ensure the information gets to the target group?
- replication – is there potential for the project to benefit a broader audience?
- budget – is the budget realistic? Does it offer value for money?
- evaluation – has a strategy been developed to assess the impact of the project?
Community Legal Grant applications are open to community legal centres and not-for-profit community organisations. The program will only fund organisations – individuals are not able to apply.
Priority will be given to applications that can demonstrate the following:
- Evidence of legal need and a good case that this response is likely to make a difference.
- Projects that have potential to reach significant audiences – this could be a broad audience or a project that responds to a current issue or need for a specific group of Victorians.
Applications close 30 June 2020.