Victoria Law Foundation Small Grants

What is the Victoria Law Foundation Small Grants?

The Victoria Law Foundation Small Grants is a program to support small projects that improve community understanding of the justice system.



The Foundation’s grant pool is $300,000 divided between our three grant programs. Unfortunately the Foundation is unable to fund many great projects due to limited funding. The Foundation aims to fund around 4-5 projects within each grant program.

Grants of up to $5000 is available to support one-off projects that improve community understanding of Victoria’s justice system.


Eligible Projects

The Victoria Law Foundation Small Grants help community legal organisations and not-for-profit community groups deliver projects that support community needs and improve understanding of the justice system.

These grants are likely to fund:

  • one-off projects addressing legal issues relating to a specific community
  • pilot projects offering new approaches to delivering legal information
  • Victorian Law Week projects and events.

Generally,  the program do not fund:

  • professional development activities
  • conferences – sponsorship or attendance
  • government organisations with the exception of independent statutory bodies
  • recurrent or core operational costs
  • purchase of major items of equipment
  • international travel costs
  • commercial or profit-making activities
  • litigation of any kind
  • projects that primarily support political activity and lobbying
  • costs incurred prior to grant approval
  • grant applications previously deemed unsuccessful by the Foundation unless invited to reapply.


Eligible Applicants

Small Grant applications are open to community legal organisations and not-for-profit community organisations. Non-legal organisations are encouraged to partner with a legal service to ensure accurate legal information is provided to the audience group. The program only fund organisations – individuals are not able to apply.

Victoria Law Foundation places conditions on the grants it makes. Some of the grant requirements include:

  • successful applicants enter into an agreement with the Foundation
  • a final report is to be submitted on completion of the project
  • acknowledging the support of the Foundation
  • having materials checked by a person with appropriate legal knowledge
  • developing resources using plain language principles (where applicable).



Applications close 30 June 2021.


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