Small Grants

Our Small Grants make a big impact where and when it’s needed.

Small Grants support projects that improve community understanding of the justice system where there is evidence of legal need. Small Grants are for projects with budgets up to $5,000.

Small Grants will be available until June 2019 or until the funding is exhausted. From July, Small Grants will be replaced by Community Legal Grants. All existing Small Grants will continue.

Guiding principles

Priority will be given to applications that can demonstrate the following:


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


Projects that have potential to reach significant audiences – this could be a broad audience or a project that responds to a current issue or need for a specific group of Victorians.


Projects that respond to legal need by offering new approaches or will apply proven strategies in a legal setting.

The types of projects likely to be funded include:

  • one-off projects – to address a legal issue which is likely to make a difference for a specific audience, for example, a legal resource – video, factsheet
  • pilot projects - offering new approaches or to trial a strategy and gain further insights, for example, the delivery of legal information in a new format that could be duplicated in other services.

Submit an application

The Foundation accepts applications for Small Grants at any time throughout the year - there are no formal open or closing dates. Applications will be assessed every 2-4 weeks. Applications must be submitted through the grants portal on the Foundation’s website.

Before submitting your application:

This page was last updated on December 14, 2018