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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Case studies

Learn more about some of the projects funded by our grants.

Delivery of community legal education to help culturally and linguistically diverse young people increase their literacy on family violence issues and shift attitudes that allow it to occur.

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

Community Legal Grant

projects we've funded

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2021/22
Current

Development of a resource for people in prisons to better understand the laws and legal issues that relate to being incarcerated.

Fitzroy Legal Service
Incarceration
2021/22
Current

Delivery of community legal education to help culturally and linguistically diverse young people increase their literacy on family violence issues and shift attitudes that allow it to occur.

Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Family violence
Young people
CALD
Grants
Legal capability
2020/21
Completed

A practical e-learning program aimed at training non-legal professionals to identify legal issues and connect vulnerable clients to legal help.

Barwon Community Legal Service
Legal health check
2020/21
Current

Help for CALD women to increase their legal literacy on family violence/law issues through community legal education tailored to their cultural and linguistic community.

Peninsula Community Legal Centre
CALD
Women
2020/21
Completed

A self-assessed triage tool that will assist people accessing the legal service to safely disclose the legal and non-legal issues they are experiencing.

Northern Community Legal Centre
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2020/21
Completed

A series of videos for people with cognitive disability about working with a lawyer. These will provide information and strategies to help them understand their rights and participate meaningfully in the lawyer/client relationship.

Fitzroy Legal Service
Disability
2020/21
Completed

Translation of a series of existing English language video resources into Arabic, Vietnamese and Hindi to better serve need from growing CALD communities.

Seniors Rights Victoria at Council on the Aging Vic
Seniors
Refugees and migrants
2020/21
Completed

A set of videos that discuss how people who can neither afford a lawyer or access public legal services use digital self-help resources to navigate tenancy legal issues and the relevant legal frameworks.

Tenants Victoria
Housing
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