Project Funding

The Law Foundation of BC has established a fund of $500,000 for 2020 for one-time projects.

The Law Foundation encourages applicants and projects that reflect the diversity of British Columbia.  The Law Foundation’s working definition of diversity is:

Diversity includes age, different abilities, socio-economic level, education, ethnicity, language, family, gender, marital/relationship status, race, religion, work experience, geographic size and location, and sexual orientation.

Who Can Apply

A non-profit organization in British Columbia whose proposed time-limited project falls within one or more of the five statutory mandated areas of the Law Foundation:

  • legal aid
  • legal education
  • legal research
  • law reform
  • law libraries

Areas of Encouragement

The Law Foundation will consider proposals in areas other than those listed here as long as they fall within the program objectives of the Law Foundation. The Foundation is particularly interested in receiving innovative proposals that meet needs in the following areas:

  • Aboriginal Legal issues, including projects that advance the process of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, including active response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report
  • Environmental law and policy reform
  • Legal issues arising from the use of technology
  • Physical and mental health, including the intersection between health-related legal issues and access to justice
  • Projects that meet the legal needs of children and youth 
  • Projects that meet the legal needs of immigrants and refugees
  • Projects that meet the needs of the LGBTQ community 
  • Projects that meet the legal needs of remote, isolated and underserved areas of the province
  • Projects that meet the needs of persons with physical and mental health disabilities
  • Racism and hate speech

Grant Size

The maximum amount available for each project is $75,000. Please round the amount requested to the nearest thousand dollars.

Application and Assessment Process

We strongly encourage you to contact the Law Foundation before preparing your application to discuss your project idea. This is an opportunity to discuss the project funding process and get assistance/feedback on your project idea and how it relates to the Law Foundation mandate. We encourage you to get this feedback as early in the process as you can, but no later than February 21, 2020.

Project grants are NOT awarded under this initiative for:

  • Projects that are on-going in nature.
  • Counselling programs.
  • Individual court cases.
  • The development of bylaws, governance documents or contracts;
  • Capital or infrastructure grants;
  • Startup or capacity building grants;
  • Projects that duplicate services;
  • Public legal education publications that duplicate what currently exists; or
  • Unless specifically exempted by the New Grants Committee, applications that were declined by the Foundation in the previous two years.

To be considered, please submit an application by 12:00 Noon, March 2, 2020.

Application Guide

Please consult the appropriate application guide before applying.  If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact the Law Foundation.

Online Applications

The Law Foundation uses the SmartSimple online grant submission and management system. Future grant applications and grants administration will also be done through this system.  The SmartSimple Portal can be found at:

Applications will be adjudicated in the Summer and Fall of 2020.

Please note that the Foundation may require an organization to have audited financial statements or an audit of the project.

Submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.