Grants criteria

In order to be successful, a grant application must meet our grants criteria.

Both Small Grant and General Grant applications are assessed against the Foundation's grants criteria.

In 2017/18, our priority is for projects that help Victorians understand the law. We also offered a separate small grant program for Law Week 2018 events, and applications for 2018 Law Week Grants closed on Friday 2 March 2018.

Grants can only be made to organisations.

Grants guiding principles

The Foundation can only fund projects that fall within it's statutory functions, which are contained in section 5 of the Victoria Law Foundation Act 2009 (Vic).

Projects that demonstrate the following will generally be given priority:

  • Innovation and practicality – ideas that translate into sustainable, practical solutions
  • Partnerships and collaborations – which build expertise and learning
  • Multi-purpose – to realise a number of the Foundation’s statutory functions
  • Fostering networks – within and between the legal sector and the community
  • Significant impact – measured either by the size of the audience or by the depth of impact for a small target group
  • Efficient use of resources – doing ‘more with less’
  • Accountability and evaluation – of processes and outcomes
  • Balancing short- and long-term outcomes – necessary one-off, moment-in-time projects coupled with projects that can make a lasting contribution
  • Leadership in public benefit best practice
  • The ‘but for’ test – essential work which, ‘but for’ the Foundation, cannot, or would not, be undertaken.

Generally we do not fund:

  • Academic study/research to obtain a degree or diploma
  • Interstate, national or international projects that do not benefit the people of Victoria. Part of a project may be funded if a component primarily benefits Victorians.
  • Government organisations (with the exception of independent statutory bodies) will generally not be funded by the Foundation
  • Capital expenditure or core funding – for costs and overheads related to the ongoing activities of an organisation
  • Travel costs – both interstate and overseas, unless there is a clear and direct benefit to the Victorian community
  • Conferences, symposiums, workshops or theatre productions (the Foundation will consider funding these items in some circumstances from the Small Grants fund)
  • Profit-making projects – however, we may fund a repayable subsidy, which requires repayments to be made to offset the cost of the original grant
  • Retrospective grants – to cover spending incurred before a decision on an application
  • Litigation of any kind
  • Projects that primarily support political activity and lobbying
  • Grant applications previously deemed unsuccessful by the Foundation.
This page was last updated on March 05, 2018