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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

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Public Interest Articling Fellowship Host Organization Call for Applications

September 14, 2020

Call for applications information and application form to be a host organization of The Law Foundation of Ontario’s Public Interest Articling Fellowship
Deadline: November 13, 2020
Grant amount: up to $69,500

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Indigenous diversion program breaking cycle of incarceration

September 21, 2020

Beginning with the familiar smell of sage from the traditional smudging ceremony, Rebecca Toulouse participates in a Healing Circle three times a week. It’s part of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres’ (OFIFC) Indigenous Community Justice Program (ICJP), a…

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Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships awarded to Prasanna Balasundaram and Laura Tamblyn Watts

September 14, 2020

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce it has awarded Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic term to Prasanna Balasundaram and Laura Tamblyn Watts.