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Grants Program

We are pleased to announce the Foundation has awarded funding to three new projects following our March 2018 grant round. For details of these projects, see our Awarded Grants page

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. 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.

The 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.

Our grant programs
General grants
General grants are for projects of up to $50,000. These grants are decided by the Foundation’s Board. We anticipate that our next general grants round will open in January 2019 and close in March 2019. We will announce details of our next grant round on our website and Twitter.

Small grants
Small grants are for projects of up to $5,000. The Foundation’s small grants program is designed to fund low cost, high impact projects that can be developed and delivered within a maximum 12-month period. Our Director awards these grants year-round (however you must first contact the Foundation to confirm that funds are available).

We can usually advise you of the outcome of your application within four weeks of receipt of your application.

The project should be a short, sharp initiative with a clear start and finish date. It should not require funding beyond any grant that the Foundation can provide.

The Foundation’s small grants are best suited to the development and publication of plain language legal information, in any format. Have you identified a gap in plain legal language resources? Before contacting us with your idea, you should make sure that it doesn’t already exist. Check Find Legal Answers, Legal Aid NSW publications and LawAccess NSW first.

For more information, please contact our Grants and Legal Information Manager, Jane Kenny, on (02) 8227 3210 or email

See Applying for a grant