Responsive Small Grants – Up to $15,000

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and IHEs for Legal
Outreach, Services, and Educational Opportunities

GrantWatch ID#: 180149
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Law Foundation of Ontario

09/01/17 5:00 PM EST

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Ontario nonprofit organizations, universities, and community colleges for projects and programs that provide legal outreach, services, and educational opportunities. Applicants are encouraged to contact the program officer before submitting an application.

Grants fund projects and programs that fall within the Foundation’s funding guidelines including providing experiential learning for students, responding to access to justice needs of vulnerable communities, and fostering diversity in the legal profession.

The Foundation would consider a proposal to pilot the adaptation of an existing program (for example in another geographic area) or to pilot a new way of delivering an existing program. The Foundation does fund core operating costs if they can be shown to be directly related to the project.

Among many other considerations, the Foundation will be looking for applications to demonstrate that the:

- Proposed work clearly fits within the Foundation’s objects, vision and mission;
- Requesting organization has the skills and experience to plan and carry out the project; and
- Applicant is ready to be fully accountable to the Foundation for monies granted.

Small Grants are up to $15,000.

You do not have to apply on an annual basis for a project that will last longer than one year. You could submit a single application for the 3-year pilot project, or you could apply in phases.

A nonprofit corporation, university, or community college may apply. If you are a non-profit with charitable status, please include your registered charity number on your application.

Organizations based outside Ontario can apply to the Foundation for a grant if the proposed project offers a benefit to the people of Ontario.

Joint applications are accepted, however, you must indicate clearly which organization will assume lead responsibility for the grant if it is approved (this is the organization that will be expected to sign the Foundation’s Letter of Agreement).

Proposed work will be carried out by an organization as the Foundation does not accept requests from individuals for scholarship or bursary assistance. Grant will not be used to support litigation or costs directly related to lobbying, advocating or promoting a particular position on a legal or public policy issue. Proposed work is not for a commercial venture or government-run project or program.

The Foundation does not fund capital expenditures for immoveable assets (i.e., buildings). Usually, applicant organizations will be expected to include equipment or office furniture expenses as in-kind contributions.

The Law Foundation of Ontario does not usually fund indirect costs applied by universities or colleges to recover administrative overhead for the project.

The Foundation generally does not provide additional funding for law school initiatives.

As a general matter, absent special circumstances, full-time faculty at a college or university will not be personally compensated for research undertaken on a project that falls within their own research agenda and/or their institutional research obligations, however, other expenses associated with the proposed research, including the hiring of students as research assistants, may be funded.

All applicants (especially first-time applicants) are encouraged to contact a Grants Officer before applying.

Small grants have two application cycles per year:

- Application deadline #1: March 31, with a decision by late June 2017
- Application deadline #2: September 1 with a decision by mid-December 2017

The Foundation encourages partnerships with other funders but it is not a requirement. All applicants are encouraged to contribute in-kind services.

The Foundation is committed to meeting community needs including the needs of the Francophone community. Applicants can communicate in French during the grants process and will receive direct French language services during this process.

The payment schedule is developed taking into consideration the information provided in the work plan included in the grant application, and often also in consultation with the grantee. In general, the Foundation makes payments in advance in accordance with each grantee’s needs.


Please forward your completed proposal, signed by an authorized person, together with any additional material, by email to the email in Contact Information below. The paper copy should be sent to the address in Contact Information.

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

Contact the grant officer via email at

The paper copy should be sent to:

The Law Foundation of Ontario
20 Queen Street West
Suite 3002, Box 19
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3R3

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