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Grants Program

About our Grants Program

March round of the Grants Program – closing soon!
The March round of our Grants Program will close at 5pm, 31 March 2018.

If you were intending to apply but have not yet discussed your proposal with our Grants and Legal Information Manager we advise you to 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's 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. For more information, download our flyer or email

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.

See Applying for a grant