Major Grant

Funding for projects that help to better understand and support the legal needs and capabilities of Victorians.

$100,000
Close 5pm, 02 September 2024
Funding for projects that help to better understand and support the legal needs and capabilities of Victorians.

Building capability to understand and respond to legal need

Major Grants support civil legal projects that help legal organisations better understand and support the legal needs and capabilities of Victorians.

Major Grants are new in 2024-25 replacing elements of our previous Knowledge Grants and Community Legal Grants. Everyday Legal Grants are also available for projects that deliver civil legal information and education.

Major Grants can be used to fund civil legal projects that:

  • develop a new understanding through the collection and use of data
  • strengthen the systems and capabilities of the Victorian justice sector to collect, understand and use data
  • develop new approaches to help the community understand their legal issues and access the help they need.

Eligible organisations

Applications are open to:

  • community legal organisations
  • community organisations with an internal legal service
  • community organisations in partnership with a legal service.

Project types

Projects likely to be funded involve:

  • Researching a civil legal problem or issue to better understand how to effectively respond.
  • Developing systems and staff capabilities to collect, understand and use data to improve services or programs
  • Developing new pathways to improve access to legal services or programs.
  • Trialling approaches to support people to better navigate the justice system.

Grant criteria

  • Evidence of the need - the legal issue or research topic responds to legal need and/or is timely and likely to be of broad interest in the sector.
  • The project addresses needs of clients and/or community groups experiencing disadvantage in access justice.
  • Project design/methodology is appropriate for audience or approach.
  • Sustainable project outcomes.
  • A process for sharing the project findings, processes and/or outcomes more broadly with the sector.
  • A commitment to evaluate and learn from the project to improve organisational practice and help identify effective approaches.
  • Organisational capacity to undertake the project.
  • Partnerships and collaborations to improve reach and impact or facilitate knowledge transfer.

Ethical standards

It is a requirement that any Major Grant research project complies with best practice guidelines, codes and legislation relating to ethical research.

We have provided guidance, information and templates. More information is available in our developing your proposal resource.

Application Timeline

Applications for 2024-25 Major Grants are open from 1 July 2024 to 5pm, 02 September 2024.

Eligibility

We prioritise submissions from community legal organisations and other not-for-profit community organisations in partnership with a legal organisation.  

Community organisations are required to partner with a legal organisation with suitable expertise to ensure accurate legal information is provided to the intended audience.

We encourage partnerships between research organisations, courts, tribunals, statutory bodies and other community organisations to share knowledge, resources, provide guidance and expertise where there is shared interest.

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

We focus on civil law and access to justice issues. We will consider work at the intersection of civil and criminal law, but we do not fund work exclusively on criminal law.

Preparing your application

If you are interested in applying for a grant, we offer a range of guidance supports and resources to help.

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Case studies

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

Following the shift to routine digital engagement when applying to the court for family violence intervention orders, this partnership project between Northern Community Legal Centre and the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights will unpack the range of process issues and barriers to participation faced by culturally and linguistically diverse women within Melbourne’s North-West.

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.

Projects we've funded

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Neighbourhood Houses Victoria
2023/24

For Neighbourhood Houses across Victoria to participate in Law Week 2024

Law Week
Legal information
Southside Justice
2023/24

Translation of information about the service's Sex Worker Legal Program to extend the reach of community legal assistance to this cohort.

Cultural and linguistic diversity
Legal information
Ballarat & Grampians Community Legal Service
2023/24

A community education campaign encouraging people experiencing family violence to seek legal advice from a lawyer.

Family violence
Legal assistance
Better Place Australia
2023/24

A series of legal workshops across the East Gippsland region for frontline family violence and community workers to improve understanding of the legal assistance pathways for clients interacting with family law and associated legal processes.

Family violence
Legal capability
Legal assistance
Emma House, Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre
2023/24

The development of tailored legal education materials for community groups and workers in western Victoria to build awareness of family violence and the legal options and other supports available.

Family violence
Legal education
South-East Monash Legal Service
2023/24

Using findings from its Knowledge Grant research, South-East Monash Legal Service will develop and deliver a legal education program for legal professionals to support the sector to effectively respond to disclosures of reproductive coercive abuse.

Family violence
Legal education
Victorian Aboriginal Child and Community Agency
2023/24

To better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people navigate the justice system, the Victorian Aboriginal Child and Community Agency and Inner Melbourne Community Legal will collaborate to deliver culturally safe pathways to legal help.

First Nations
Legal assistance
Northern Community Legal Centre
2022/23

Following the shift to routine digital engagement when applying to the court for family violence intervention orders, this partnership project between Northern Community Legal Centre and the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights will unpack the range of process issues and barriers to participation faced by culturally and linguistically diverse women within Melbourne’s North-West.

Family violence
Cultural and linguistic diversity
Women
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