Applying for a grant: what you need to know
This call is now closed.
The Law Foundation of Ontario invites nonprofit organizations to apply for a Trusted Help grant, through our Strategic granting program.
The purpose of the Trusted Help granting is to advance our understanding of one or more of the following areas:
- Building the capacity to collaborate across sectors to advance access to justice
- Supporting trusted intermediaries (e.g. frontline community workers who help people with their legal problems)
- Continuing to learn and better understand the ways trusted intermediaries can advance access to justice
This new call is the result of research the Foundation commissioned into how frontline community workers help people with legal problems. In 2018, the Foundation released the Trusted Help report which describes the many ways that frontline community workers help people with legal problems. Some of these ways include identifying possible legal issues, providing legal information, making referrals to legal professionals, helping clients to complete legal forms, and accompanying clients to meetings or hearings. The Trusted Help granting program seeks to build on the findings of this report and to further support the pivotal work accomplished by community workers who support their clients with legal problems.
The Trusted Help call for application also builds on a recent program evaluation of another Foundation-funded initiative. The evaluation of Connecting Ottawa recognizes that legal problems are usually part of a larger constellation of issues and that people frequently approach trusted intermediaries at community and social service organizations about issues, including legal issues, they might be experiencing. The evaluation report outlines strategies used by Connecting Ottawa to build the capacity of frontline workers and work with them to increase access to justice.