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Frequently asked questions

Below are some of the common questions we receive about our grants program. If you have question not covered by the answers below, please email or call us on 8227 3200 and we will respond to you directly.

Q. When does the Law and Justice Foundation accept applications?
Typically the Foundation has two General Grants rounds per year that close on 31 March and 31 August. It is important to note however that the number of grants rounds and the closing dates may vary from year to year. Applicants are advised to check the Foundation's website to confirm the opening of the grants round and the closing date for General Grants before preparing an application.

Applications for Small Grants are taken all year round.

Q. What is the difference between a small grant and a general grant?
Small grants are for amounts up to $5,000.00 (plus GST) and are decided by the Director of the Foundation. We aim to turn around decisions on small grant applications within four to eight weeks. General grants are for amounts between $5,001.00 and $50,000.00 (plus GST) and are decided by the Board of the Foundation. Decisions on general grant applications may take between 12 and 20 weeks.

Q. Should we include GST in the amount we request?
Yes. You will see on the budget section in the application form that you are asked to indicate the amount you are seeking for your project, PLUS the applicable GST amount. All payments made by the Foundation will include GST.

Q. Why must I contact the Foundation ahead of the grant closing date to discuss my proposal for a General grant?
We encourage applicants to contact the Foundation as early as possible so that the Foundation can provide advice to help you with your application. We are able to provide useful information about suppliers and publishing for plain language projects, as well as give you tips to make your application stand out from the crowd. We are happy to review draft applications and provide feedback as long as they are received at least two weeks before the round closing date.

Small grant applicants must also contact the Foundation to discuss their grant proposal before being given access to our application website via SmartyGrants.

Q. When will my organisation be notified of the outcome of our application?
Organisations whose applications are declined are usually advised after the Board meeting that follows the round closing date, ie early May for the 31 March round and early November for the 31 August round. Organisations whose applications are approved are usually advised in early August for the 31 March round and early December for the 31 August round. Sometimes we require additional information from you, which may mean that a decision on your application takes longer.

Q. What feedback can you give me on our organisation’s application?
If your application is declined the Foundation is happy to provide feedback either on the phone or in person following our advice to you of the decision. The Foundation does not provide written feedback.

Q. Can we meet with Foundation staff to discuss a potential application?
Yes! The Foundation’s grants and plain language staff are happy to meet you and are available to meet you either at your workplace (if your organisation is based in Sydney) or our office. From time to time Foundation staff travel to regional NSW and can meet with intending applicants if we are visiting your area. You don’t need to wait until a grant round opens – we can meet with you to discuss your project plans at any time during the year.

Q. Can I contact the Foundation to find out how my application is progressing or to provide further information for my application?
Once the grant round closes we will write to you to confirm receipt of your application and to indicate the likely length of time the process will take. We will also contact you if we require any further information about your application.

Q. Can my organisation submit a new application while we are already undertaking a project with funding from the Foundation?
It is possible to submit an application for a second project while you are undertaking another, however, it is important to demonstrate to the Foundation your organisation’s capacity to successfully and efficiently implement and conclude a project. As we always have far more requests for funding than actual funds to distribute, we need to be sure that the grants we make are being used efficiently to reach the people who face barriers in accessing justice.

Q. What should I do if my organisation’s circumstances or funding situation changes – for example if we secure funding from another source for the same project for which we have applied?
Please contact the Foundation’s grants staff as soon as possible to advise of any changes that affect your application. You can contact us by email at or call us on 8227 3200.