March 31, 2020
Economic consequences on The Law Foundation of Ontario
The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the Foundation’s financial position. As you may know, the Foundation’s revenue is based on the interest on lawyers’ and paralegals’ mixed trust accounts. In 2020, there has been a 150 basis point reduction in interest rates. More may be to come. In addition, reduced economic activity may lead to reduced balances. Even while focusing on immediate needs and circumstances, the Foundation takes a long-term approach to its decisions. In our granting, we have tried to maintain backup funds designed to support granting through periods of low revenue.
Important message for our grantees with existing, approved grants
As we all find ourselves in an unprecedented situation dealing with the COIVD-19 pandemic and the continuing fallout, our focus is on the immediate impact. We are providing this important notice to grantees with existing approved grants from The Law Foundation of Ontario. We want our existing grantees to know how they can use grant monies they already have and reporting and payment information in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the full message here: Message to Foundation grantees with existing, approved grants. (Le message en français est ici.)
March 30, 2020
Deadline extended: Measuring Impacts and Progress Call for Applications
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Measuring Impacts and Progress Call for Applications deadline has been extended to June 30, 5:00 p.m. EST. If you have any questions, please email Lili Pach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the 2020 Measuring Impacts and Progress Call for Applications webpage for full details and the application form.
Present and future granting calls and decisions
The Foundation still has open calls for applications and there may be further opportunities in the future. In some cases, the Foundation has extended the application deadlines for granting programs. Given current circumstances, there may be delays in consideration of applications once received. Information about any possible delays will be communicated directly with applicants. If you have a question about your current grant application, please email the contact listed within the call for applications material.
March 23, 2020
Deadline extended: Responsive Call for Applications
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Responsive Call for Applications deadline has been extended to April 15, 5:00 p.m. EST. If you do not require an extension, please submit your application any time before April 15. If you have any questions, please email your Grants Officer (if you have one) or email email@example.com. Visit the Responsive Call for Applications webpage for full details and the application form.
March 17, 2020
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Law Foundation of Ontario has closed our office space until further notice. We are still operating and staff are available to respond to your questions during normal business hours. To contact a staff member, please use email. Staff are working remotely and are not in the office to answer phone calls.
We are not holding face-to-face meetings at this time. If you have an in-person meeting scheduled with one of our staff members, please email them directly to reschedule. (Our staff directory is here: https://lawfoundation.on.ca/about-us/our-people/)
Questions about a grant
If you have a question about your grant or about applying for a grant, please email your Grants Officer or send an email to one of these grant-specific addresses:
- Access to Justice Fund
- Measuring Impacts and Progress
- Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship
- Responsive, and all other: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For other inquiries:
Guthrie Award nominations
Mixed trust reporting inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Cy-près award inquiries
For inquiries in French