Advancing access to justice

Each year, The Law Foundation of Ontario awards millions of dollars to many carefully selected grantees. Through the work of grantees, and through funds paid to Legal Aid Ontario, the Foundation is carrying out its mission to advance access to justice in the province.

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The Law Foundation of Ontario makes grants to advance access to justice that align with our statutory objectives of: legal education, legal aid, legal research, and law libraries within Ontario.

We provide one-time and ongoing funding through a variety of granting programs. Grants are made to nonprofit organizations that work to benefit the people of Ontario. We also have a unique fund that provides grants to nonprofit organizations across Canada. We do not provide funding to individuals or to for-profit ventures or to support litigation or advocacy.

See our open calls for applications, granting programs, and grants made webpages to learn more.

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The Class Proceedings Fund provides financial support to approved class action plaintiffs for legal disbursements, enabling many class action plaintiffs to pursue their claims and ultimately improve the lives of many people.

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The Guthrie Medal

Nominate an outstanding access to justice leader

January 22, 2020

The Law Foundation of Ontario is seeking nominations for its signature Guthrie Award. Visit the Guthrie Award webpage for details.

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Measuring Impacts and Progress 2020 Call for Applications

February 18, 2020

Call for applications information and application form to apply to The Law Foundation of Ontario’s Measuring Impacts and Progress 2020 Call for Applications
Deadline: April 20, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST
Grant amounts: Between $50,000 and $100,000 or between $100,000 and $250,000

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Nonprofit leaders encouraged to apply for Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship

February 10, 2020

The call for applications for the Foundation’s Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship is now open.