The Law Foundation of British Columbia has designated funds of up to $250,000 for the creation of a Child Protection Clinic/Resource Centre for British Columbia. This fund has been made possible by a grant from the Attorney General to support legal clinics for fiscal year 2019-2020.
Purpose of the Initiative: The purpose of the initiative is to establish a Child Protection Clinic/Resource Centre. The Centre will provide mentorship and support around the province for individual lawyers who do child protection work and provide some limited legal services and systemic advocacy in the area of child protection. It is anticipated that the Centre, which will have at least one full time lawyer, will serve as a centre of excellence for the province, will work closely with Legal Services Society, and will act as a clearinghouse for information about child protection.
The Centre should ensure that it works to address the needs of Indigenous families.
The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring that the outcomes and outputs of the project are evaluated.
Who can apply? A non-profit organization in British Columbia that can demonstrate that they have the background, interests and capacity to carry out the project in a manner that will meet the stated purpose of this initiative.
Length of project: The funding for the Centre is for one year initially and may be eligible for renewal funding. At the end of the initial stages of the project, the Foundation may consider funding this work. The decision to continue funding will be depend on:
- the availability of funding, including whether funding from the provincial government continues
- the successful completion of the project, and
- an assessment of the outcomes and outputs of the project satisfactory to the
Grant size: The maximum amount available for the Initiative is $250,000.
Application process: Please submit your application for the Centre no later than July 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. The application will be adjudicated in August 2019. Please contact Law Foundation staff Veenu Saini, Program Director at (604) 688-2337 to discuss your project prior to submitting an application.
The Law Foundation uses the SmartSimple (https://lawfoundationbc.smartsimple.ca/) online grant submission and management system. Please complete an on-track application and refer to the Application Guide when preparing your application which can be found at: https://www.lawfoundationbc.org/our-work/continuing-programs/application-information-for-continuing-programs/
Please note that submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.