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Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Grant

Grants to Saskatchewan Nonprofits for Legal Aid,
Reform, Research, Education, and Law Libraries

GrantWatch ID#: 178164
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Law Foundation of Saskatchewan

11/17/17 - End of day

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Grants to Saskatchewan nonprofits for projects and programs that address legal issues such as legal education, legal aid, law reform, legal research, and law libraries. Priority will be given to ongoing programs. Short-term projects will also be considered, depending on fiscal and policy considerations.

Legal Education
- To promote legal education programs and services in Saskatchewan;
- To make the law more accessible through increasing public awareness of the law and the justice system;
- Providing education to groups with particular legal needs; and
- Assisting in the academic and professional development of those who are or will be providing legal services to ensure those services are of the highest quality.

Legal Research
- To advance the knowledge of the law, the administration of justice, dispute resolution and the social context of law.
- To identify areas and issues needing study and analysis and the encouragement and support of projects to address those needs.

Legal Aid: To facilitate access of the public to the justice system.

Law Libraries
- To assist law libraries and resource centers to keep their materials and delivery systems current.
- To encourage and support projects designed to improve the utility and accessibility of legal and law related materials to both the public and legal profession.

Law Reform: To encourage and support projects that assess current law and the administration of justice and, where appropriate, promote reform in accordance with current knowledge, values and technology.

Program Funding
- The Foundation will support ongoing programs which help it meet its legislative mandate and for which there is a clearly established need.
- The Foundation encourages collaboration amongst grantees delivering similar services.
- Ongoing programs are encouraged to self evaluate their effectiveness in meeting intended outcomes and may be required to have a third party evaluation to obtain ongoing funding.

National Projects
- National projects based outside of Saskatchewan must demonstrate a clear, direct benefit to Saskatchewan people and have a commitment of an appropriate amount of funding from other Law Foundations, Law Societies or governments.
- Funds requested from Saskatchewan should consider the population of the province and number of lawyers in the province compared to other Canadian provinces.

Ongoing programs are reviewed annually and there is no guarantee of ongoing funding.

The Law Foundation allocates its resources received and invested by statute to programs which will benefit primarily the general public of Saskatchewan.

Applicants must be a not-for-profit organization; the Foundation will not make grants to individuals or commercial enterprises.

The Law Foundation will not, as a general rule:
- Fund a project where the applicant seeks to maintain objects by lobbying or by initiating, promoting or continuing an adversarial process of any kind. Furthermore, the Foundation will not fund test cases but may fund independent research of assistance to a decision-making body. To ensure the independence of research, researchers should enjoy freedom as to the conclusions that they reach and the research should be of such quality and kind as to be seen as independent and in the public interest.
- Fund a project similar to one in progress or previously undertaken by the applicant or any other person or provide continued funding to maintain a completed project previously funded by it or some other source. Applicants are required to advise the Foundation of other sources of funding obtained and/or available to them and are encouraged to find such other sources where feasible. The Foundation may impose a condition on the granting of funds that matching funds LFS Grant Policies—Revised June 2015 3 be requested and that a sponsoring body supervise the work to its conclusion.
- Fund a project expected to endure for an indefinite period.
- Fund individual applicants for scholarships, bursaries, fellowships, or sabbatical leave support.

Other Considerations
- Except in exceptional cases, the Foundation will not maintain ongoing and/or project recipients at current levels of funding where the recipient has accumulated significant reserves. Surplus funds with respect to one time grants must be returned to the Foundation unless otherwise authorized by the Board. The amount may be prorated where the Foundation is not the sole funder of the program. Where surplus is retained, the organizations still need to demonstrate the need for such surplus. With respect to ongoing grants where a surplus is retained, the Foundation may deduct all or a portion of the value of the surplus from future grants.
- From time to time, where appropriate, the Foundation may require an applicant to demonstrate that it has the support of the community.
- The Foundation does not fund university courses (core activities of the Faculty of Law e.g. activities conducted in the normal course of educating law students/faculty salaries except for the Law Foundation Chair) although it may provide seed money for research into new courses and also for pilot projects to establish courses.
- The Foundation does not normally fund professional and academic journals.
- The Foundation does not normally fund deficit budgets or retroactive deficits.
- Grants are not ordinarily made to “for profit” organizations or projects.
- The Law Foundation may review a grant where the grantee is not using the funds in accordance with the terms of the grant or where there is evidence that the grantee is not using the funds in a responsible manner. The Foundation notifies its grantees of changes in available funds which may result in grant reductions.
- The Law Foundation is not involved in the day to day operation or management of grantees.

Publication proposals should be evaluated to determine if they fall within the terms of reference of:
i) SKLESI;
ii) Law Society of Saskatchewan;
iii) Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan;
iv) Public Legal Education Association.

Real Property and Equipment
- The Foundation does not normally fund the purchase of real property.
- The Foundation does not provide funds for the purchase of capital equipment where rental is feasible and more economical.. Vehicles will be neither purchased nor leased with Foundation money. Organizations are expected to develop a management policy with respect to the acquisition and/or replacement of capital equipment.

Grants for Conferences
- The Foundation does not normally directly fund the cost of delegates to attend conferences. This includes travel costs for individuals to attend conferences in other countries or provinces.
- The Foundation normally funds expenses for resource persons only if they are addressing law related topics at conferences.

How to apply:
http://www.lawfoundation.sk.ca/grant-application

Terms and Conditions:
http://www.lawfoundation.sk.ca/grant-application/terms-conditions

FAQs:
http://www.lawfoundation.sk.ca/grant-application/faqs

For the March 3 deadline, the board meeting will take place on March 27.
For the May 12 deadline, the board meeting will take place on June 5.
For the August 25 deadline, the board meeting will take place on September 18.
For the November 17 deadline, the board meeting will take place on December 11.

Usually, the September and March meetings are held in Regina, and the June and December meetings are held in Saskatoon. As the Foundation may request that you be present to speak to your application, you may wish to schedule your application accordingly.

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

Applications should be emailed to:
Bob Watt, FCPA, FCA, Executive Director
Email: lfsk@virtusgroup.ca

Law Foundation of Saskatchewan
200 - 2208 Scarth St.
Regina, SK S4P 2J6

Phone:
(306) 352-1121 (Office - voice mail only)
(306) 539-4125 (Cellular)

Fax: (306) 522-6222

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