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Grants Program

Round two of the 2016 general grants round has now closed. We anticipate announcing the next grant round in October 2016. Please check our website for more information then.

About our Grants Program

The Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales' 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 Law and Justice Foundation has introduced an online grant application system, using SmartyGrants. All applications for both general and small grants must be made through SmartyGrants. As it is a requirement of our grants program that all intending applicants consult with the Foundation’s Grants Manager, you will only be able to access our application site once you have discussed your proposal with us.

We have two grant programs.

General grants are for projects of up to $50,000. 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 proceeding.

Each year there is a limited pool of funds available for Small grants of up to $5,000. 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 funds are available and to discuss your grant proposal.

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.

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.

To apply for a Foundation grant you need to do three things:
  1. Download and read the Grant Applicants Kit to make sure that your proposal fits with our guidelines and our focus.
  2. Contact our Grants and Legal Information Manager, Jane Kenny, to make an appointment to discuss your proposal at a minimum of 6 weeks before the round closing date. 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. You are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation’s Grants and Legal Information Manager to discuss your proposal as early as possible.
  3. Once you have discussed your proposal with the Grants Manager, if we think that it sounds like a good fit with our grants program, you will be provided with the link to our SmartyGrants applicant website. You can then login and access our application form. Submit your application form, with any relevant attachments, by the round closing date and time. Late applications are not accepted.

The Foundation's Grant Applicants Kit has been developed to assist you to put forward the best grant application you can.

The Grant Applicants Kit contains all the information about our grants program, including the key principles, current focus, a list of what we don’t fund, and important information on how to apply. It also includes tools such as a guide to steering committees and a risk management checklist.

We strongly encourage you to read the Grant Applicants Kit thoroughly before commencing work on your application.

If you have any difficulties downloading or accessing the Grant Applicants Kit email

If you are not already a registered user of SmartyGrants, read the SmartyGrants Help Guide For Applicants