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Before you apply, learn about The Law Foundation of Ontario's granting programs and our general approach to grantmaking, including who can apply and how.

The Law Foundation of Ontario makes grants to advance access to justice. 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.

Before you apply, learn about our granting programs and our general grantmaking process.

Granting programs - at-a-glance

Access to Justice Fund
Encourages new and unique project-based initiatives, research, and collaborations from across Canada that support specific legal themes and as directed by the cy-près award received, which is where the fund’s revenue comes from
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Catalyst
Offers three-year cycle core funding to nonprofit organizations that are demonstrating they are advancing access to justice in Ontario
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The Connecting Project
Builds collaborations among community and legal organizations and builds the capacity of trusted intermediaries in order to increase access to legal information and support for linguistic minorities and people in rural and remote areas
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Fellowships
Strengthens the nonprofit justice sector and public interest law through fellowships, articling positions, and scholarships
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Law schools
Supports experiential learning, service to the public, diversity within the profession, and other access to justice initiatives
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Responsive
Project-grants made every year that facilitate novel and innovative access to justice projects generated by community-based nonprofit organizations
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Strategic
Granting that allows the Foundation to explore specific strategic priorities, such as data and measuring impact, justice and technology, and trusted intermediaries
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Our approach
Who can apply
What we fund
How and when to apply
How decisions are made
After an application is approved

Open call for applications

See The Law Foundation of Ontario’s open calls for applications to learn about the granting opportunities you can apply for now.

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Grants made

Search The Law Foundation of Ontario’s list of grants made since 2012 that have supported programs and projects to advance access to justice for Ontarians.

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Our work

The Law Foundation of Ontario takes an active and engaging approach to our work in five broad areas to carry out our mandate of advancing access to justice.

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What's new

Min Jin
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Accessible legal help for domestic violence survivors in rural and remote communities

September 3, 2019

The Law Foundation of Ontario Catalyst granting is helping Luke’s Place to expand its services, including the Virtual Legal Clinic.

Makayla
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LAWS student reflections: seeing behind the scenes of grantmaking

September 17, 2019

We participate in LAWS’ Summer Job Program and this year we were joined by Makayla. Here are some of her reflections of her time working with us.

Pamela Cross
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Pamela Cross receives 2019 Guthrie Award

September 11, 2019

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2019 Guthrie Award recipient is women’s rights advocate, Pamela Cross.