Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program
The Grants Program was established in 2007 to distribute funding to projects that aim to improve the administration of laws, increase access to justice, improve legal services and inform and educate the wider community about legal services. The grants are available from the Board administered Public Purpose Fund (142KB PDF), which includes funds from a number of sources, including the interest on solicitors’ trust accounts and income from investments. With the approval of the Attorney-General, the grants can be used for law reform, legal and judicial education, legal research and any other purpose relating to the legal profession or the law that the Board considers appropriate.
Funding is available through Annual Grant rounds. To go on the mailing list for the next Grants Program funding round, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be notified when the next funding round becomes available.
Grant applications NOW OPEN
Expressions of interest for the 2017 Grants funding round are now open.
Priority theme: Implementing the principles of Justice Reinvestment with a focus on preventing women’s contact with the criminal justice system.
For further information about the 2017 Grants round funding, please see the Expressions of interest flyer (199KB PDF). Before applying for a 2017 Grant, please review the Guidelines (255KB PDF).
Expressions of interest can be submitted by completing the expression of interest form (204KB DOCX).
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Grants Program News
The Board is pleased to announce that expressions of interest are now being sought for the 2017 Grants Funding Round. The priority theme for 2017 will be on implementing the principles of justice reinvestment, with a focus on preventing women’s contact with the criminal justice system.
Justice reinvestment is an evidence-based proactive approach that focuses (more…)
A second health-justice partnership project funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board has been recognised with a community award.
The MABELS project, coordinated by the Eastern Community Legal Centre, was named the winner of the Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships category of the Victorian Government’s Victoria Early Years Awards. (more…)
Schemes which encourage vulnerable people into rent-to-buy arrangements for homes have been heavily criticised in a new report prepared by the Consumer Action Legal Centre.
Fringe dwellings: The vendor finance and rent-to-buy housing black market, was released on 5 October 2016 and was launched by (more…)
Researchers from Federation University Australia have received funding from the Victorian Legal Services Board to explore the requirements of people with complex communication needs when interacting with the criminal and civil justice system. (more…)
The latest edition of the Grants Program newsletter has been released.
The Grants Program Newsletter edition 13 includes details of the $3.032 million funding awarded to 16 programs in the 2016 Grants round.
Past editions of the Grants Program newsletters are available from the Newsletters page.
The Victorian Legal Services Board’s 2016 Grants recipients have been announced.
On Tuesday 30 August 2016 the Attorney-General, The Hon. Martin Pakula MP, announced $3 million in funding had been allocated by the Board for 16 projects across Victoria.
The projects allocated funding during this grants round are listed on the Grants Funded page, and can also be downloaded as a booklet.
The Board has released a report into the development of the health-justice partnerships funded as part of the Board’s 2014 Grants round.
The report was compiled by the Board’s Grants Program in association with Dr Liz Curran of the Australian National University.
The report can be downloaded here. (1.6MB PDF)
Carers Victoria and Scope invite you to attend the launch of ‘Decision Making Support: Building Capacity Within Victoria‘.
This is a series of evidence-based educational resources providing support to people with a cognitive disability. The project was funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board’s Grants Program. (more…)
The Board’s Grants program has produced the following video, illustrating the benefits to the community of integrating health and legal service providers within the one location.
The Victorian Legal Services Board is pleased to congratulate the Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRC) on winning the inaugural Victorian Premier’s iAward for Innovation. The award was presented to the DVRC for their SmartSafe+ app at the Australian Information Industry Association Awards on 29 June.
DVRC developed SmartSafe+ as a free app to help (more…)
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) is holding a forum to discuss legal responses to intimate partner homicides.
Extensive reforms were made to homicide laws in Victoria in 2005, and more recently in 2014, to improve responses to homicides that occur in the context of family violence. This forum will discuss (more…)
The McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer is hosting a panel discussion on how legal issues affect the care of cancer patients.
Law and Cancer: How the law impacts on cancer care and the responsibilities of cancer clinicians will be held on Wednesday 18 May and will explore (more…)
The McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer will be hosting a community Q&A panel on advanced care planning for patients suffering terminal illnesses.
Advance care planning is the process of thinking and talking about what kind of medical care and treatments you might want, or not want, if you become (more…)
A pilot program funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board’s Grants program is providing vital services to home owners in one of the highest mortgage stress areas of Australia.
The Mortgage Wellbeing Service, launched in 2015 by Community West’s Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre and (more…)
The Mortgage Wellbeing Service, funded through the Victorian Legal Services Board’s Grants program, has published their latest newsletter.
The newsletter provides details of the work undertaken by the Service over the past nine months since their commencement. It includes (more…)
We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Victorian Legal Services Board 2016 Grants funding round.
For more details visit the Victorian Legal Services Board Website for the application form, guidelines and tips for applicants.
Applications close 4 March 2016.
The Cancer Council Victoria, in collaboration with the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, will host the symposium ‘Law and Cancer: Implications for clinical practice’.
Clinicians who work with cancer patients need to understand the law as it relates to the delivery of patient care, including the legal (more…)
The Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre, along with Primary Care Connect will host the launch of the ‘Therapeutic Justice Program’ on Friday 13 November.
The Program is an innovative and collaborative service which helps people with complex health and related legal issues to (more…)
Women’s Legal Service Victoria is launching their new report titled Stepping Stones: Legal barriers to economic equality after family violence.
The report is the outcome of a 2 year project funded through the Board’s Grants program in 2013. It reports on an in-depth study of the (more…)