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.
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.
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.