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Grants to Manitoba Associations, Institutions, and Individuals for Legal Aid, Reform, Libraries, Education, and Research

Discretionary Grants Program

The Manitoba Law Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #149071

Grant Description

Grants to Manitoba associations, organizations, institutions, and individuals to increase knowledge and understanding both within the legal profession and the broader community. Applicants must contact program staff to discuss their proposal and receive application forms. Funding is intended to support programs in the areas of legal education, legal research, legal aid services, law reform, and the development and maintenance of law libraries.

Currently, there are three types of discretionary grants programs maintained by the Foundation:

  1. Core Operating Grant Program: This program provides general operating funds to organizations that have an established track record with the Foundation through the successful completion of a number of projects and/or small grants. Core Operating grants are reviewed annually and there is no guarantee of continued funding for subsequent years.
  2. Small Grants Program: This program is intended to support small, one-time distinct projects of up to one year in duration that provide an end product or service or result that is sustainable without further Foundation funding. 
  3. Project Grants Program: This program is intended to support finite projects that do not fall within the parameters of the Small Grants Program, whether in terms of duration or value of the grant request.

For 2022/2023, the Foundation is inviting applications that further legal education, legal research, legal services/supports, and law reform activities that address and include:

  • Gaps in services to Northern, rural and remote areas of Manitoba;
  • Indigenous legal issues and communities, and/or Reconciliation;
  • French language legal services and supports;
  • Innovations and changes to legal system operations that offer improvements in access to justice in Manitoba; and,
  • Systemic discrimination experienced by racialized and marginalized groups in Manitoba’s legal systems.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes grants to organizations, associations, institutions, or individuals.

Grant recipients will ordinarily be resident in Manitoba and their program or project must demonstrate direct benefit to Manitobans.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications may be made to the Foundation using the required application forms, available by contacting the Foundation.

Core Operating Grant Applications will be considered in 2022 as follows:
- Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2022
- Board Consideration: December 2022

Small Grant Applications will be considered twice in 2022 as follows:
- Application Deadline: March 31, 2022
- Board Consideration: June 2022

- Application Deadline: October 31, 2022
- Board Consideration: December 2022

Project Grant Applications will be considered once in 2022 as follows:
- Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2022
- Board Consideration: December 2022

Applicants must contact the Executive Director to discuss the proposal and obtain the necessary application package. Submit the application by email, in PDF format, by the required deadline to the Executive Director

The Board will consider applications at a regularly scheduled board meeting. The Manitoba Law Foundation Board makes the final decision on all grant applications. Foundation staff will advise of the decision reached by the Board within seven (7) days of its decision.

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests for consideration in the Small Grants Program must for $20,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

Discretionary grants are normally made for a term of one year. However, the Foundation may consider a multi-year application to the Project Grant Program where the nature of the project is best served by a longer-term commitment. Any multi-year funding will be subject to the Foundation continuing to have sufficient resources to fulfill the grant.

Contact Information:

Executive Director:

The Manitoba Law Foundation
207-698 Corydon Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3m 0X9
ph: (204) 947-3142

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