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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 You will be notified when the next funding round becomes available.

2018 Grant applications now open

The 2018 Grants funding round is now open for applications. The funding round will close on 2 March 2018.

Download the application form for the 2018 Grants round (213KB DOCX)

Download the guidelines for the 2018 Grants round (335KB PDF)


Find about more about:

Grants funded
Project updates

Evaluation & Acquittal Forms:

Grants Program Administrator
Victorian Legal Services Board
Phone: (03) 9679 8001

Grants Program News

Board-funded health-justice program receives award December 7, 2017

Justice Connect’s Seniors Law program, together with health services provider cohealth, have been honoured with an award for their health-justice partnership.

Health Minister, The Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, presented JusticeConnect and cohealth with the ‘Improving Health Equity Award’ at the 2017 VicHealth awards on 5 December.

The health-justice partnership between Seniors Law and cohealth was funded through the Victorian Legal Services Board’s Grants program, and focusses on addressing elder abuse in the community.

The Board congratulates JusticeConnect and Cohealth on their award.

See also Justice Connect’s announcement.

Registrations for first national conference on Health Justice Partnerships July 24, 2017

Registrations are now open for the first national conference on improving health and justice through partnership.

This conference is aimed at:

  • workers in a health justice partnership or are thinking about setting one up;
  • parties interested in research on health, legal needs, integrating human services or building workforce capability; and
  • services which develop policies or deliver funding to fill the gaps in health and human services through which vulnerable communities continually fall.


National Health Justice Partnership conference May 12, 2017

National Health Justice Partnership conference

Health Justice Australia are hosting the first national Health Justice Partnership conference in October this year.

The conference will be designed to showcase the impact of health justice partnerships and support best practice in improving access to justice through (more…)

Read-Along Dads program

The Herald Sun recently featured an article on the ‘Read-Along Dads’ program, titled: ‘The programs helping jailed dads start a new chapter’.

Read-Along Dads was funded for three years through (more…)

Justice reinvestment video February 16, 2017

Youthlaw, Victoria’s state-wide free community legal centre for young people, has produced a video about their Justice Reinvestment project. Titled Justice Reinvestment – What is it? the video helps raise awareness of the benefits of justice reinvestment for (more…)