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Grants Program

Anniversary Grants Program closing soon!

Our Anniversary Grants Program closes on Friday 31 March 2017. 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.

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.

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.