Funding Available

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, funded by the Foundation on an annual, ongoing basis.

There are also funds available each year to support projects and other initiatives falling within the Foundation’s five mandate areas — legal aid, legal education, legal research, law reform and law libraries — for the benefit of British Columbians. Here is information about current funding opportunities.

Racial Justice Grants Call

The Law Foundation of BC has created a $2 million grant fund focused on racial justice and the law

Grants available:

    • Development Grants of $25,000 for one year
    • Initiative Grants from between $50,000-$200,000 per year for up to three years

Initial questionnaire expressing interest in receiving a grant is due March 15, 2022

WHO can apply

 

We welcome applications from:

  • Existing non-profit organizations;
  • Collaborative entities or groups:
  • People who are seeking to establish new organizations, collaboratives or groups;

if they operate (or intend to operate) in BC and/or for the benefit of people living in BC (referred to below as “grant-seekers”).

Please review the Funding Notice linked below, and contact your Law Foundation Program Director with questions. 

Project Funding

Funding of up to $75,000 for one-time projects.

Grant Cycle

  • March: Applications due
  • April: Shortlisting of Applications
  • June: Funding adjudication

Application Requirements

  • 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 1-604-688-2337 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.

Legal Research Fund

Funding of up to $20,000 for one-time legal research projects.

Grant Cycle

  • September: Applications due
  • November: Funding adjudication

Open To

  • 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

Graduate Fellowships

Awards of up to $17,000 (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

Open To

  • full-time students engaged in graduate studies in law or a law-related area

Public Interest Law Participation Fund

An annual fund of $100,000 established by the Law Foundation of BC to enhance public participation in public interest law matters in British Columbia. 

Grant Cycle

  • Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis

Application Requirements

  • 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.