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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and
IHEs to Increase Access to Justice

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Law Foundation of Ontario

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations and IHEs to provide legal services to underserved communities. Applicants must speak to Foundation staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for specific projects that respond to community needs by providing vulnerable populations with legal information, services, and support.

The Law Foundation of Ontario seeks to build knowledge and connections, support innovation, and act as a catalyst in service of improving access to justice. Responsive grants create an opportunity for organizations to identify access to justice needs and propose projects to address those needs including but not limited to: start-ups; pilot projects; and innovative initiatives. 

Responsive grants aim to encourage new ideas, approaches, and relationships that can help address emerging needs and connect more people to legal information and supports, especially people who are not currently being reached.

The Foundation has merged the previous Small and Major Responsive grants into a single stream, with a single application process and timeline.

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

  • Proposed work is a project – a time-limited set of activities that will achieve a particular goal, including but not limited to innovations, start-ups, or seed funding for new initiatives
  • Proposed work is not for a commercial venture
  • Requesting organization has the skills and experience to plan and carry out the project
  • Applicant is ready to be fully accountable to the Foundation for monies granted

For Eligible Costs, see FAQs on URL for Full Text (RFP).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180149

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation offers two tiers of funding under the Responsive program: small projects (up to $25K) and major projects ($25K to $100K).

Term of Contract:

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 three-year pilot project, or you could apply in phases.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations that work to benefit the people of Ontario.

Applicants are not required to be a registered charity. In order to apply, applicants must only be a nonprofit corporation, university, or community college. If you are a nonprofit with charitable status, please include your registered charity number on your application.

The Foundation does not provide scholarships to students.

Individuals may not apply.

See FAQs on URL for Full Text (RFP) for more eligibility information.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for Responsive grant applications is April 30, 2021 5:00 p.m. EST. Decisions will be conveyed in late June.

Before you apply:
- Read the FAQ (on URL for Full Text (RFP))
- Read the example Letter of Agreement
- Discuss your idea with a Grants Officer.

Applications should ensure that the specific amount requested reflects a demonstrated need for the activities and a reasonable budget for the proposed activities.

As part of the review process, Foundation staff may contact you to discuss details of your application.

The Foundation will consider multiple applications from one organization; however, it is recommended that you submit only one application per project.

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

For University/College application instructions, see FAQs in URL for Full Text (RFP).

Example Letter of Agreement:

Contact Information:

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

Please forward your completed proposal, signed by an authorized person, together with any additional material, by email to the Foundation's Grant Officer:

The Law Foundation of Ontario
20 Queen Street West
Suite 3002, Box 19
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3R3
Tel: 416.598.1550
Fax: 416.598.1526

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario;

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