Funding Available

Project Funding

The majority of the Foundation’s grant budget each year is devoted to the approximately 90 continuing programs it funds. These are programs, located across the province, which the Foundation funds on an annual, ongoing basis.

However, there are also a number of funds which are available each year to support project and other funding that fall within the Foundation’s five mandate areas, namely; legal aid, legal education, legal research, law reform and law libraries for the benefit of British Columbians.

Please click the links below for more information about a particular fund.

In past years there has been a Large and Small Project Fund. Please note that for 2018 there is only one Project Fund. Please click on the Project Fund link to access the 2018 Funding Notice and application process.

Project Funding

Projects: This is funding of up to $50,000 for one-time projects.

Grant Cycle
March: Applications due
April: Shortlisting of Applications
June: Funding adjudication

A project grant application:

  • must be submitted by a non-profit organization
  • must fall within one or more of the Foundation’s five mandated areas
  • must establish a clear benefit to the people of British Columbia

Please contact Law Foundation staff at (604) 688-2337 to discuss your project before preparing your application. This is an opportunity to get assistance/feedback on your project idea and how it relates to the Law Foundation’s mandate.


Other Funding

Legal Research Fund: This is funding of up to $20,000 for one-time legal research projects by:

  • members of Law Faculties in British Columbia
  • members of other faculties in British Columbia
  • members of the legal profession in British Columbia
  • non-profit organizations

Grant Cycle
September: Applications due
November: Funding adjudication

Graduate Fellowships: These are awards of $15,000 (subject to change) available to full-time students engaged in graduate studies in law or a law-related area.

Grant Cycle
January: Applications due
March: Funding adjudication for the following September/June academic year

Click here to read the funding notice for details on deadlines and how to submit your application.



 The Law Foundation of British Columbia has designated funds of up to $600,000 for the creation of a Children’s Lawyer’s Office for British Columbia.  This fund has been made possible by grants from:

  • the Law Foundation Strategic Initiatives Fund,
  • the Law Foundation Child Welfare Fund (from a cy-près award),
  • the Representative for Children and Youth
  • the Law Society of BC Access to Justice Fund, and
  • the Notary Foundation of BC.

Purpose of the Initiative: The purpose of the initiative is to support a two-year pilot project to establish a Children’s Lawyer’s Office for British Columbia. The Children’s Lawyer will provide direct legal services to children and youth in British Columbia in the areas of family law and child protection law, with possible other areas including mental health law, housing, youth criminal justice, employment law, school law, bullying, policing, and other areas of need.

Click here to read the funding notice for details on deadlines and how to submit your application.