Grants Approved

Below are recent grants approved by the Law Foundation of BC Board of Governors.

Grants Approved in March 2019: Continuing Programs

Funding totalling $10,773,000 was approved for the following 52 programs:

OrganizationTitleApproved Amount
Community Legal Assistance SocietyMajor Programs$960,000
Society for Children and Youth of BCChild and Youth Legal Centre$890,000
West Coast Environmental Law AssociationAccess to Justice Programs$470,000
Access Pro Bono Society of BCMajor Programs$450,000
BC Law InstituteProgram Grant$400,000
MPA SocietyMPA Court Services Program - Surrey & Port Coquitlam$390,000
Justice Education Society of BCMajor Programs$385,000
West Coast LEAF AssociationLitigation and Law Reform$380,000
People's Law School SocietyMajor Programs$370,000
Community Connections Society of Southeast BCEast Kootenay Family Law Advocacy Program (multi-year)$285,000
Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater VancouverPoverty Law Advocacy Program (multi-year)$285,000
Kettle Friendship SocietyMental Health Legal Advocacy Program (multi-year)$285,000
Kitimat Community Development CentrePoverty Law Advocacy Program (multi-year)$285,000
Penticton and Area Access SocietyFamily Legal Advocacy Program (multi-year)$285,000
Port Alberni Friendship CenterFamily Law Advocacy Program (multi-year)$285,000
Sea to Sky Community ServicesPoverty Law Advocacy Program (multi-year)$285,000
Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre SocietyTenant Legal Advocacy Program$280,000
Opportunities Career Services SocietyFamily Law Advocacy Program$238,000
Seniors First BC SocietyElder Law Clinic$220,000
BC Public Interest Advocacy CentreRegulatory Justice Program$190,000
Environmental Law Centre Society, University of VictoriaEnvironmental Law Centre Clinic Program$190,000
Pivot Legal SocietyHomelessness and Police Accountability Programs$190,000
Migrant Workers Centre BC SocietyMigrant Workers Centre Legal Advocacy Program$150,000
Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$150,000
People's Law School SocietyDial-A-Law Phase Two: Transformation and Service Delivery$150,000
Community Connections Society of Southeast BCEast Kootenay Poverty Law Advocacy Program$105,000
PovNet SocietyPovNet Program$100,000
University of VictoriaAccess to Justice Centre for Excellence$100,000
West Coast Prison Justice SocietyHuman Rights, Charter and Health Care Initiative$100,000
Atira Women's Resource SocietyLegal Advocacy Program for Women$95,000
Battered Women's Support ServicesBWSS Legal Services and Advocacy Program$95,000
Dze L K'ant Friendship Centre SocietyLegal Advocacy Program$95,000
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community ServicesPoverty Law Advocacy Program$95,000
North Shore Community Resources SocietyNorth Shore Legal Advocacy Program$95,000
Quesnel Tillicum SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$95,000
Quesnel Tillicum SocietyFamily Law Advocacy Program$95,000
Seniors First BC SocietyLegal Advocacy Program$95,000
SHARE Family and Community ServicesSHARE Legal Advocacy Program - Poverty Law$95,000
Sources Community Resources SocietyLegal Information and Advocacy Program$95,000
Sources Community Resources SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$95,000
Terrace and District Community Services SocietyPoverty Law Advocate Program$95,000
Wachiay Friendship Centre SocietyWachiay Advocacy Outreach Program$95,000
Watari Research AssociationSystem Negotiator Program$95,000
Access Pro Bono Society of BCAPB Lawyer Referral Service (1st year transition)$95,000
Immigrant Services Society of BCISSofBC Legal Advocacy Program$95,000
Okanagan Advocacy and Resource SocietyLegal Advocacy for the North Okanagan$95,000
Upper Skeena Counselling & Legal Assistance SocietyAdvocacy Program$80,000
Mediate BC SocietyPublic Education Program$70,000
Community Legal Assistance SocietyDavid Mossop, QC, Public Interest Articling Fellowship$60,000
Kinbrace Community SocietyAccessing Refugee Protection$40,000
University of British ColumbiaLSLAP For-Credit Program$30,000
University of SaskatchewanThe Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre$25,000

Grants Approved March 2019: Miscellaneous Initiatives

Funding totalling $2,733,718 was approved for the following 19 grants:

OrganizationTitleApproved Amount
Legal Services SocietyLSS Family Law Incubator Project$790,000
BC Courthouse Library SocietyLawMatters Enhancement Program$600,000
People's Law School SocietyDial-A-Law: Enhancing A2J Through Innovative IT Applications$375,000
Justice Education Society of BCCurricular resources for Grades K-12$350,000
Access Pro Bono Society of BCClass Actions Proceeds (A2J)$189,218
Parent Support Services of BCKinship Care Research Project$100,000
Seniors First BC SocietyArticled Student$60,000
MPA - Motivation, Power & Achievement SocietyOne Time Start Up Cost (advocates)$40,000
Kitimat Community Development CentreOne Time Start Up Cost (advocate)$30,000
Metis Nation BCJustice Consultation Project$30,000
Sea to Sky Community ServicesOne Time Start Up Cost (advocate)$30,000
Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship SocietyOne Time Start Up Cost (advocate)$29,800
Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater VancouverPoverty Law Clinic - Startup Costs$27,000
Immigrant Services Society of BCOne Time Start Up Cost (advocate)$21,000
Seniors First BC SocietyTravelling Wills, Navigator Network Feasibility Study$20,000
Port Alberni Friendship CenterOne Time Start Up Cost (advocate)$10,500
Community Connections Society of Southeast BCOne Time Set Up Costs (advocate)$8,500
Opportunities Career Services SocietyOne Time Start Up Costs (advocate)$7,400
Kettle Friendship SocietyOne Time Start Up Cost (advocate)$5,300

Grants Approved in November 2018: Continuing Programs

Funding totalling $6,235,000 was approved for the following 29 continuing programs:

Organization NameProgram NameGrant Amount
Legal Services SocietyLegal Information and Legal Assistance Programs$3,250,000
BC Civil Liberties AssociationMajor Programs$380,000
University of VictoriaLaw Centre Clinical Program$375,000
Thompson Rivers UniversityCommunity Legal Clinic Program$250,000
Law Society of BCProfessional Legal Training Course - Kamloops$240,000
First United Church Community Ministry SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$225,000
University of British ColumbiaIndigenous Community Legal Clinic$210,000
BC Freedom of Information and Privacy AssociationLaw Reform and Public Legal Education Program$150,000
Haida Gwaii Legal Project SocietyLegal Education/Advocacy Program$100,000
Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy AssociationLegal Advocacy Program$95,000
Powell River Community Services AssociationPoverty Law Advocacy$95,000
University of British ColumbiaPublic Interest Work Placements$90,000
University of VictoriaPublic Interest Work Placement$90,000
Law Society of BCCanLII Virtual Law Library$80,000
Multiple Sclerosis Society, BC & Yukon DivisionVolunteer Legal Advocacy Program$70,000
Prince Rupert Unemployed Centre SocietyAdvocacy Program$65,000
University of British ColumbiaPublic Interest Awards$65,000
University of British ColumbiaUBC Innocence Project at the Allard School of Law$55,000
Thompson Rivers UniversityPublic Interest Work Placement Program$50,000
University of VictoriaLaw Foundation Public Interest Awards$45,000
Thompson Rivers UniversityLaw Foundation Public Interest Awards$40,000
Pro Bono Students Canada - UBCCommunity Placement Program$35,000
Pro Bono Students Canada - TRUStudent Placement Program - Thompson Rivers University$30,000
Pro Bono Students Canada - UVICStudent Placement Program$30,000
Debate and Speech Association of BCLaw Foundation Cup$25,000
Nicola Valley Community Justice Services SocietyIndigenous Court Coordinator Project$25,000
Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice SocietyIndigenous Court Coordinator Project$25,000
Tk'emlups te SecwepemcIndigenous Court Coordinator Project$25,000
Canadian Foundation for Legal ResearchLegal Research Program$20,000

Grants Approved November 2018: Multi-year Family Law Advocacy Programs

Funding totalling $2,926,500 (includes start-up costs) was approved for the following 10 programs:

Organization NameProgram NameGrant Amount
Rise Women's Legal CentreFamily Advocate Support Line$370,000
Sources Community Resources SocietyLegal Information and Advocacy Program (Family Law)$315,000
Abbotsford Community Services SocietyFamily Law Advocacy Program$309,000
North Shore Community Resources SocietyFamily Law Advocacy$301,000
Prince George Native Friendship CentreFamily Law Advocacy Program$299,000
Terrace and District Community Services SocietyFamily Law Advocacy Program$294,000
MOSAICFamily Law Advocacy Program$288,000
Nelson Cares SocietyThe Advocacy Centre - Family Law Advocacy$285,000
Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry SocietyFamily Law Advocacy Program$243,750
Family Services of Greater VancouverFamily Law Advocate Initiative$221,750

Grants Approved November 2018: Multi-year Poverty Law Advocacy Programs

Funding totalling $1,730,050 (includes start-up costs) was approved for the following 6 programs:

Organization NameProgram NameGrant Amount
Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$315,000
Sunshine Coast Resource Centre SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$315,000
Langley Community Services SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$311,000
Cowichan Women Against Violence SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy$299,000
Burnaby Community Services SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$267,250
Shuswap Family Resource & Referral SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Project$222,800

Grants Approved November 2018: Miscellaneous Initiatives

Funding totalling $5,100,000 was approved for the following 5 grants:

Organization NameInitiativeGrant Amount
University of VictoriaIndigenous Legal Lodge Building Fund$5,000,000
Rise Women's Legal CentreVirtual Legal Clinic$60,000
Society for Children & Youth of BCChildren's Lawyer Initiative$30,000
Justice Education Society of BCCollaboration Funding$5,000
People's Law School SocietyCollaboration Funding$5,000

Grants Approved in June 2018: Continuing Programs

Funding totalling $5,280,000 was approved for the following 24 programs:

Organization NameProgram NameGrant Amount
BC Courthouse Library SocietyOperating Grant$2,245,000
Greater Vancouver Law Students' Legal Advice SocietyLaw Students' Legal Advice Program$330,000
Disability Alliance BC SocietyAdvocacy Access Appeals Program & CPP Disability Advocacy Program$300,000
Canadian Bar Association, BC BranchDial-A-Law, Lawyer Referral Service & Law Week$275,000
Ecojustice Canada SocietyBC Litigation Program$190,000
Abbotsford Community Services SocietyRegional Community Legal Advocacy Program$180,000
Kettle Friendship SocietyMental Health Legal Advocacy Program$180,000
Together Against Poverty SocietyLegal Advocacy Programs$180,000
MPA - Motivation, Power & Achievement SocietyCourt Services Program$130,000
Abbotsford Community Services SocietyLegal Advocacy Program$120,000
Nelson Cares SocietyThe Advocacy Centre - Poverty Law Advocacy$95,000
Active Support Against PovertyLegal Advocacy Program$90,000
Chimo Community Services SocietyOutreach & Advocacy Program$90,000
Contact Women's Group SocietyLegal Advocacy Program$90,000
Fort St. John Women's Resource SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$90,000
Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$90,000
Ki-Low-Na Friendship SocietyAboriginal Legal Advocate Program$90,000
MOSAICLegal Advocacy Program$90,000
Nicola Valley Community Justice Services SocietyNicola Valley Advocacy Centre$90,000
Penticton and Area Access SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$90,000
Port Alberni Friendship CenterOutreach Legal Advocacy Program$90,000
South Peace Community Resources SocietySouth Peace Outreach Legal Advocacy Program$80,000
Social Health & Economic Development Society of Bella CoolaBella Coola Legal Advocacy Program$50,000
Provincial Court of British ColumbiaProvincial Court Judicial Internship Circuit Court Program$25,000

Grants Approved in June 2018: Projects

Funding totalling $1,000,000 was approved for the following 28 projects:

Organization NameProject TitleGrant Amount
Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family MattersStrengthening the Action Committee's National Coordination on A2J$50,000
BC Civil Liberties AssociationIndigenous Restorative Justice for Complaints Against the RCMP Project$50,000
BC Law InstituteModernizing the Child, Family and Community Services Act$50,000
Cowichan Tribes Lalum'utul' Smun'eemCowichan Tribes' Indigenous Child Wellness Justice Project$50,000
Legal Services SocietyIndigenous PLEI$50,000
Native Courtworker & Counselling Association of BCSignificant Steps Forward$50,000
People's Law School SocietyIncreasing A2J: Communicating "Unbundling" to the Public$50,000
Rise Women's Legal CentreFamily Law Intake & Triage Coordinator$50,000
Simon Fraser University - Canadian Drug Policy CoalitionBuilding a Regulatory Framework for Currently Illegal Drugs in Canada$50,000
Sources Community Resources SocietyModified Legal Representation Program$50,000
Thompson Rivers UniversityTruth and Reconciliation Course in Law$50,000
Union of BC Indian ChiefsIntegrating Indigenous Laws into the Specific Claims Process$50,000
West Coast Environmental Law AssociationRevitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water (RELAW) 2018 Learning Sessions$50,000
West Coast LEAF AssociationPutting Families First: Reforming Child Protection in BC$50,000
Canadian Mental Health Association - BC DivisionHuman Rights and the Social Determinants of Mental Health$46,000
Justice Institute of BCExamining Proposed and Existing Presumptive Legislation in the Context of Mental Health and Public Safety Personnel$46,000
Pivot Legal SocietyLegal Rights Education for Advocates, Law Enforcement, and People Experiencing Poverty and Relying on Public Spaces in BC$40,000
Atira Women's Resource SocietyAccess to Justice Through Legal Incubation: Supporting Women Lawyers to Provide Access to Justice for Women$35,000
West Coast Prison Justice SocietyPrisoner Legal Education Project$32,000
Access Pro Bono Society of BC2018 Accessible Practice CLE and National Pro Bono Conference$20,000
Documentary Media Society (DOXA Documentary Film Festival)Vancouver Podcast Festival, "True Crime, True Justice"$20,000
University of British ColumbiaLSLAP Expanded for Credit Program$15,000
Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater VancouverStrengthening the Protective Environment for Children of Parents in Conflict with the Law$14,000
Youth Parliament of British Columbia Alumni SocietyBritish Columbia Youth Parliament$10,000
Greater Vancouver Law Students' Legal Advice SocietyLSLAP Criminal Code, Section 684 Applications Project$7,000
Cerebral Palsy Association of BCHuman Rights and Duty to Accommodate for Youth with Disabilities in the Workplace$6,000
Kelowna Community Resources SocietyCanadian Law and Your Rights$6,000
Kamloops Bar AssociationHistory of the Kamloops Bar (2nd Edition)$3,000

Grants Approved in June 2018: Multi-Year Family Law Advocacy Programs

Funding totalling $1,380,000 / $89,000 was approved for the following 6 programs:

Organization NameProject TitleGrant Amount
Wachiay Friendship CentreWachiay Family Law Advocacy Services$247,500
Chimo Community Services SocietyFamily Law Advocacy Services$232,500
Fort St. John Women's Resource SocietyFamily Law Advocacy Program$232,500
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community ServicesFamily Law Advocacy Program$232,500
SHARE Family and Community ServicesFamily Law Advocacy Program$232,500
University of VictoriaFamily Law Advocacy Program$202,500

Grants Approved in June 2018: Misc. Projects

Funding totalling $862,000 was approved for the following 4 projects:

Organization NameProject TitleGrant Amount
Together Against Poverty SocietyPoverty Law Lawyer$570,000
People's Law School SocietyDial-A-Law Transfer and Modernization Project - Phase 1$127,000
Opportunities Career Services SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Project$90,000
Canadian Bar Association, BC BranchRural Education and Access to Lawyers (REAL) Initiative$75,000

Grants Approved in March 2018: Continuing Programs

Funding totaling $5,858,000 was approved for the following 33 continuing programs:

Organization NameProgram NameGrant Amount
Community Legal Assistance SocietyMajor Programs$960,000
West Coast Environmental Law AssociationPrograms and the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund$470,000
Access Pro Bono Society of BCMajor Programs$450,000
BC Law InstituteProgram Grant$400,000
Justice Education Society of BCMajor Programs$380,000
People's Law School SocietyMajor Programs$365,000
Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre SocietyTenants' Legal Advocacy Program$265,000
BC Public Interest Advocacy CentreSocial and Regulatory Justice Program$190,000
Environmental Law Centre Society, University of VictoriaEnvironmental Law Centre Clinic Program$190,000
West Coast LEAF AssociationLitigation & Law Reform Program$190,000
Migrant Workers Centre BC SocietyMigrant Workers Centre Legal Advocacy Program$145,000
Community Connections Society of Southeast BCTravelling Poverty Law Advocacy Program$100,000
Atira Women's Resource SocietyLegal Advocacy Program$90,000
Battered Women's Support ServicesLegal Advocacy Program$90,000
Dze L K'ant Friendship Centre SocietyLegal Advocacy Program$90,000
Ki-Low-Na Friendship SocietyFamily Law Advocacy Pilot Project$90,000
Ki-Low-Na Friendship SocietyFamily Law Advocacy Pilot Project$90,000
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community ServicesPoverty Law Advocacy Program$90,000
North Shore Community Resources SocietyNorth Shore Legal Advocacy Program$90,000
PovNet SocietyPovNet Program$90,000
Quesnel Tillicum SocietyLegal Advocacy Program$90,000
Seniors First BC SocietyLegal Advocacy Program$90,000
SHARE Family and Community ServicesPoverty Law Advocacy Program$90,000
Sources Community Resources SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$90,000
Sources Community Resources SocietyLegal Information And Advocacy Program$90,000
Terrace and District Community Services SocietyPoverty Law Advocacy Program$90,000
Wachiay Friendship CentreWachiay Advocacy Outreach Program$90,000
Watari Research AssociationSystem Negotiator Program$90,000
Upper Skeena Counselling & Legal Assistance SocietyAdvocacy Program$75,000
Mediate BC SocietyMajor Programs$70,000
Community Legal Assistance SocietyDavid Mossop, QC, Public Interest Articling Fellowship$60,000
University of SaskatchewanNative Law Centre$25,000
Law Foundation Graduate FellowshipAlan Hanna
Alison Yule
Brittany Goud
Jennifer Doreen Bergman
Moira Aikenhead
Sarah Jean Runyon
Shannon Russell
$84,000

Grants Approved in March 2018: Projects

Funding totalling $740,000 was approved for the following 6 grants:

Organization NameProject TitleGrant Amount
Seniors First BC SocietyElder Law Clinic$220,000
Pivot Legal SocietyHomelessness and Police Accountability Programs$190,000
West Coast Prison Justice SocietyPrisoner Human Rights, Health Care and Charter Rights Program$100,000
Okanagan Advocacy and Resource SocietyLegal Advocate Program for the North Okanagan Regional District$90,000
Quesnel Tillicum SocietyFamily Law Advocacy Program$90,000
University of VictoriaAccess to Justice Centre for Excellence (ACE)$50,000

Funding totalling $325,000 was approved for the following 7 projects:

Organization NameProject TitleGrant Amount
Thompson Rivers UniversityEntrance Scholarships Fund$150,000
People's Law School SocietyPlan for Later Life: Personal Planning Resources for British Columbians$60,000
People's Law School SocietyWorking in BC: Everyday Legal Problems$50,000
People's Law School SocietyPLEI Publishing Best Practices Implementation$20,000
Vancouver Legal HackersLegal Hackers Hackathon/BC Justice Hack 2018$20,000
Greater Vancouver Law Students' Legal Advice SocietyBrian Higgins Scholarships Fund$15,000
Vancouver Summer Mentorship SocietySummer Mentorship Program$10,000

Grants Approved in March 2018: Public Interest Articling Fellowship Projects

Funding totalling $480,000 was approved for the following 4 Public Interest Articling Fellowship projects:

Organization NameProject TitleGrant Amount
BC Civil Liberties AssociationPublic Interest Articling Fellowship$120,000
University of British ColumbiaLaw Foundation Public Interest Articling Fellowships-
Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
$120,000
University of VictoriaLaw Foundation Public Interest Articling Fellowship - UVIC Law Centre$120,000
West Coast LEAF AssociationPublic Interest Articling Fellowship$120,000

More Grants Approved

See grants approved from previous years.