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Grants Program

Round 1 of the 2016 General grants round has now closed

We anticipate opening a second grant round on 1 June, to close on 31 August 2016. Please check our website for more information then.

General grants

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 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.