Community Legal Grant

Help the community to navigate civil legal issues and the Victorian justice system.

$20,000
Applications close 5pm 29 April 2024
Help the community to navigate civil legal issues and the Victorian justice system.

Community Legal Grants support projects that improve community understanding of a civil legal issue or help to navigate the Victorian justice system where there is a demonstrated legal need.

Community legal services or community organisations working in partnership with a legal service, can apply for up to $20,000 to:

  • develop new information or an intervention that addresses a legal issue for a specific community
  • pilot a project that offers a new approach to delivering legal information or access to legal help
  • trial a strategy to gain insights applicable in other programs or services.

Grant criteria

In addition to meeting the object of Victoria Law Foundation and our grant aims, priority will be given to applications that can demonstrate the guiding principles:

Evidence

Evidence of legal need and a good case that the response is likely to make a difference.

Impact

Projects that have potential to reach significant audiences – this could be the scope or size of the target audience group or by addressing a critical legal issue experienced by a specific group of Victorians.

Application Timeline

2023/24 applications close 5pm 29 April 2024

Eligibility

Community Legal Grant applications are open to community legal and not-for-profit organisations.

Eligible organisations include community legal centres, community organisations with an internal legal service or a not-for-profit organisation in partnership with a legal service.

Non-legal organisations are required to partner with an organisation with suitable legal expertise to ensure accurate legal information is provided to the audience group.

We only fund organisations – individuals are not able to apply.

We prioritise projects that can demonstrate how they will meet legal need and are ready start in 2024/25.

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2022/23
Current

This project will help migrant women experiencing family violence to stay in Australia. Peninsula Community Legal Centre will create an online tool to guide support workers through the complex application process for women whose visa status is dependent on their partner to remain in Australia and leave the abusive relationship.

Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Family violence
Refugees and migrants
Women
2022/23
Current

A pilot project to increase awareness of voluntary mental health consumer rights. It will include digital resources and information sessions to educate voluntary mental health consumers and supporters about their rights.

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
Mental health
Rights
2022/23
Current

Updating two of WIRE’s high distribution information booklets - Separation & Property and Stalking to include changes in legislation, support agency information and accessibility to meet the needs of the audience.

Women's Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Women
Family violence
Families and relationships
2022/23
Current

A community legal education project that aims to build young people’s knowledge of sexual consent and the law through a pleasure framework. The module will focus on healthy, pleasurable and legal sexual relationships between young people. The project will be developed in partnership with GenWest.

Moonee Valley Legal Service
Young people
Families and relationships
2022/23
Current

A video project designed to increase awareness and use of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights by showing how it can benefit Victorians.

Human Rights Law Centre
Rights
2021/22
Current

Production of age-appropriate legal resources about the family law system, in particular Family Court orders, which impact young people involved.

Eastern Community Legal Centre
Young people
2021/22
Current

Exploring how community legal education strategies may be expanded to reach young people through social media platforms.

WEstjustice
Young people
2021/22
Completed

A peer education project to support women and families experiencing family violence in Mitchell Shire to connect to their community and engage with support services.

Northern Community Legal Centre
Family violence
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