Public Interest Law Participation Fund 2018

Public Interest Law Participation Fund 2018

The Law Foundation of British Columbia has established the Public Interest Law Participation Fund (the “Participation Fund”).  a new annual fund of $100,000, effective January 1, 2018. See below for background and application directions.

Purpose of the Participation Fund: The purpose of the Participation Fund is to enhance public participation in public interest law matters in British Columbia – particularly, to address:

  • The need to support the inclusion in public interest law matters of perspectives and voices not otherwise represented through Law Foundation funding
  • The need to support the balancing of differing public interests and perspectives, including urban and rural

Who may apply? Any organization or individual resident in British Columbia may apply. Applicants will be given priority if they demonstrate that their participation would not be possible without the requested funding, and that their participation will broaden the diversity, inclusiveness and balance of views being discussed.

For what kinds of proceedings? Participation Fund grants are intended to support public participation in proceedings arising in a formal legal process convened by a governmental, regulatory or other public body, and demonstrating the following qualities:

  • Raises an issue or issues concerning the public at large and falling within one of the Law Foundation’s mandate areas (legal education, legal research, legal aid, law reform and law libraries)
  • Provides opportunity for public input
  • Including public hearings, public inquiries, and public consultation
  • Including non-public proceedings that raise an issue of public interest (certain Coroner’s inquests)

For what kinds of expenses? The following kinds of expenses could be appropriate for Participation Fund grants:

  • consultants’ and experts’ fees and disbursements for the purpose of preparation to participate in an approved proceeding
  • expert witness fees and disbursements for the purpose of providing testimony in an approved proceeding
  • Legal fees and disbursements for the purposes of preparation and representation in an approved proceeding
  • applicants’ out-of-pocket expenses incurred for the purpose of participating in an approved proceeding (including preparation, travel, accommodation and meals)
  • subject to limits on hourly rates, and to per diem and per meal limits
  • See the Participation Fund Tariff Sheet included with the application form

Grant size:   The maximum amount of any Participation Fund grant is $10,000.

Application process:  Applications for a 2018 Participation Fund grant may be submitted by mail, email or fax, and will be accepted commencing January 1, 2018. Copies of the application guidelines and form can be obtained:

  • by e-mailing us at
  • by calling us at (604) 688-2337
  • by faxing us at (604) 688-4586
  • by writing us at the Law Foundation of BC, 1340 – 605 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5J3

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Bill McIntosh, Program Director ( / 604.689.2048) to discuss their applications prior to submission.

Applications will be adjudicated periodically, likely three times a year.

Please note that submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.

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2018 Public Interest Law Participation Fund Application

2018 Public Interest Law Participation Fund Application – Tariff Rates Sheet