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Grants Program

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 uses an online grant application system called SmartyGrants and all applications must be made through this system. Intending applicants must consult with the Foundation’s Grants Manager before making grant applications.

2017 Anniversary Grants Program

To mark its 50 year anniversary, the Foundation has announced an Anniversary Grants Program that aims to support one or more projects (to a total value of $150,000) that contribute to achieving our mandate and reflect the Foundation’s rigorous approach to addressing the legal needs of the community by:
  • identifying a particular priority legal need of a specific group in NSW
  • assessing the existing evidence concerning how best and cost effectively to address that need
  • developing and implementing a strategy to trial an innovative and evidence-informed strategy to address this legal need, and
  • rigorously evaluating the strategy to assess the success of the project and to identify the lessons learned for policy development and service delivery.

Focus of the program

The Foundation is particularly interested in but not limited to applications for projects that address any of the following themes:
  • optimum ways to provide appropriate, targeted, joined-up and holistic services to particular disadvantaged people
  • pro bono services including models of innovative service delivery
  • self-help services for disadvantaged people, including self-represented litigants
  • accessible/culturally appropriate services
  • collaborative and co-located services
  • key transition points (for example, onset of mental illness, divorce, unemployment etc).

Target groups

The following target groups/issues are of particular interest but should not be limited to:
  • Indigenous people
  • older people (for example, elder abuse)
  • people with a disability
  • public and social housing tenants
  • rural, regional and remote (for example, accessible legal services)
  • young people transitioning from out of home care.

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Closing date: Applications close on 31 March 2017 and the recipient(s) will be announced in October 2017.

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 before submitting your proposal. 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