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Grants Program

General Grants Round 1, March 2015 – Closing Soon!

Round one of the 2015 general grants round will close on Tuesday 31 March.
If you were intending to apply but have not yet discussed your proposal with our Grants and Legal Information Manager we strongly suggest you apply in our next grant round instead.
The date of the next round will be advertised on our website, so check back here regularly.

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Grants Program aims to improve access to justice, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people, by supporting selected projects to improve access and decrease barriers to justice, or through research, to identify need or ways to improve access to justice.

The current focus of the grants program is on projects from which lessons will be learned that contribute to identifying effective reforms, initiatives and programs to address legal need.

Applications for general grants of up to $50,000 typically close on 31 March and 31 August annually, however applicants should check the Foundation's website to confirm grants round closing dates before submitting their application.

Eligibility requirements: The Foundation accepts applications from organisations with an ABN. We do not accept applications from individuals or profit making businesses. Preference will be given to applications initiated at community level or with substantial community input.

Before submission: You must discuss your project proposal with the Foundation’s Grants and Legal Information Manager, at a minimum of six weeks before submitting your application. This allows time for you to consult with us and act upon any advice that we can offer you to assist you to make your application more competitive. Intending applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation’s Grants and Legal Information Manager to discuss their proposal as early as possible.

To prepare for a discussion about your project, please download and read the Grant Applicants Kit and the LJF Grant Application Form. If you have trouble downloading these documents, please email

To find out more, visit Applying for a Grant or Frequently Asked Questions.

Small grants
Each year there is a limited pool of funds available for small grants of up to $5000. Applications for small grants may be submitted at any time, however, if you are considering applying for a small grant you must contact the Foundation’s Grants and Legal Information Manager, by phone on (02) 8227 3210 or email to confirm whether any funds are available and to discuss your grant proposal.