What are Knowledge Grants about?
Knowledge Grants will provide funding to organisations to build their research capacity and gain a better understanding of the legal needs of the community.
We will fund projects to collect, collate and/or analyse new or existing data and information to explore a civil legal issue, for example tenancy, consumer issues, infringements.
Who can apply?
We are seeking applications from community legal centres and not-for-profit community organisations.
We will not accept applications from organisations which have a primary and/or existing role to undertake research, however they may partner with an eligible organisation to provide skills and expertise.
Can we work in partnership?
Yes, in fact we encourage it! You may want to partner with other organisations or agencies that work with the target audience or issue area, or you can work with a partner with specific skills and expertise. The applicant will be responsible for reporting and financial management.
What do you mean by sustainability?
We want to fund projects that will develop systems, processes or skills that will continue to be used after the project has been completed.
What kind of things can we apply for?
Budget items will depend on your project methodology. Some of the items that you can apply for include:
- courses or training for staff e.g. focus group facilitation, data analysis
- consultant fees e.g. evaluation
- software e.g. data management systems
- project coordination (salary)
When are Knowledge Grants available?
We award Knowledge Grants once a year. Applications will open in July.
Community Legal Grants
What type of evidence of legal need should I include in my application?
Many organisations identify community need through their own work, or they might be approached by another organisation or community group to provide particular information. Sources of evidence could include service data, research findings, anecdotal evidence or case studies. This may be supported by other research or examples of successful projects in other areas.
The Foundation is working to build a better understanding of the legal needs of Victorians. Through our Knowledge Grants we support organisations to gain a better understanding of the legal needs of the community.
This information may then be used to seek further funding to address a legal issue or problem.
Can I still apply for funding to deliver a Law Week event?
Yes, you can apply for funding through the Small Grant program. The application form is the same. We expect to offer smaller amounts – up to $3000 (excl. GST) for Law Week events.
How many grants are available?
The Foundation’s grant pool is $300,000 divided between our three grant programs. Unfortunately we are unable to fund many great projects due to limited funding. We aim to fund around 4-5 projects within each grant program.
Contact the Grants Manager to find out if your project proposal meets our selection criteria and if sufficient funds are available, giving your application the best chance of success.
What are my obligations if I am offered a grant?
All successful applicants enter into a funding agreement with the Foundation. Some other general requirements include submitting a final report on completion of the project and acknowledging the support of the Foundation. Conditions for specific grants are included on our guidelines documents.