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Discretionary Grants Program

Grants to Manitoba Nonprofits for Legal Aid
Services, Education, and Research

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Manitoba Law Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/31/18 - Deadline for Sustaining Grants and Large Projects only. The Small Grants program has a deadline of 10/31/18.


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Grants to Manitoba nonprofit organizations for programs in the areas of legal aid services, law reform, legal research, legal education, and the maintenance of law libraries. Potential applicants must first contact the funding source to discuss their proposal and receive application forms.

Funding for projects or programs outside of the Manitoba province may be provided in unique situations where the work is also supported by other Canadian law foundations and is of national benefit or significance.

Mission: The Manitoba Law Foundation commits to advancing legal knowledge, fostering excellence within the legal profession, and facilitating community understanding of the justice system. The MLF funds programs and initiatives that promote and enhance these commitments.

The Foundation has three types of grant applications:
-Core or sustaining grants
-Project grants
-Small Grants Program grants

Small Grants Program supports small, one-time, distinct law-related projects. Projects which do not meet the criteria of the Small Grants Program or core or sustaining grants would apply as a regular project grant.

To qualify for application under the Small Grants program, a project must:
-have a total budget of up to but not exceeding $20,000;
-be of no more than one year in duration;
-fall within one or more of the Foundation’s objectives; and
-not be a continuing program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149071

Term of Contract:

The Small Grants Program must be of no more than one year in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation does not fund individual legal cases or for-profit enterprises.

Pre-Application Information:

Potential applicants must first contact the Foundation’s office to discuss their proposal and obtain the necessary application forms. The Foundation’s staff can provide feedback on the application and will discuss any additional information or clarification needed with the applicant.

Applications for sustaining grants or large projects must be submitted by October 1st, and are considered by the Foundation’s board in December of each year.

Applications for the Small Grants Program must be submitted by the following deadlines:
-March 31st, for consideration at the board’s June meeting; or
-October 31st, for consideration at the board’s December meeting

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information on how to apply, please contact the Executive Director, Karen Dyck, at 204-947-3142, or via email at

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Manitoba