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, innovative improvements to access to justice 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 email@example.com. You will be notified when the next funding round becomes available.
2019 Grant Round
The 2019 Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Funding Round is now open!
This grant round has a priority theme, Designing Justice Differently: Using Human-Centred Design and Technology.
The Designing Justice Differently grant round will be comprised of two streams: Explore and Build.
Explore stream applicants will complete an Expression of Interest form. If selected, they will be assisted to develop their ideas over a series of design thinking workshops. Participants will then have the opportunity to apply for funding to pilot their best idea. Download your Expression of Interest form here.
The Build stream is designed for applicants who are ready to scale up demonstrably effective responses. A complete application will be sought for this stream. Download your copy of the Application form here.
All Expressions of Interest and Applications close on Friday 1 March 2019.
For further information please read our Grant Guidelines.
To learn more about Human-Centred Design please take a look at Portable’s design toolkit here.
2018 Grant Round
The outcome of the 2018 Grants funding round was announced by the Attorney-General on 29 October 2018. The Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program provided $4.2 million to 18 projects through the 2018 Grant round. Read about these important projects here.
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Grants Program News
The Victorian Legal Services Board has launched its 2019 Grants Program funding round.
The Board’s priority theme for 2019 will be ‘Designing Justice Differently: Using Human-Centred Design and Technology’. The theme aims to stimulate new ways of thinking to achieve change in some of the seemingly intractable legal and social problems that face society and the legal sector. (more…)
The Victorian Legal Services Board cordially invites you to the launch of the 2019 Designing Justice Differently Grant Round Guidelines.
You will learn details of the 2019 grants round priority theme of ‘improving access to justice through human-centred design and technology’. This event will include (more…)
A quiet revolution is taking place across Australia that is transforming the way (more…)
A Latrobe University research project, funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program in 2011, has formed the foundations of (more…)
Victorian Legal Services Commissioner, Fiona McLeay, alongside Director of the Centre for Innovative Justice, Rob Hulls, launched the Living Free Project last week. Funded in our grant 2017 round, this innovative project utilises (more…)
We are so proud of the transformational work that has been undertaken by (more…)
Students in the Melbourne Law School subject ‘Law Apps’ build and release web-based apps for not-for-profit organisations, addressing (more…)
The Castan Centre for Human Rights is launching their findings from an exhaustive investigation into the education of children with disability in Victoria’s mainstream government schools. The report, ‘Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with a Disability in Victoria’, is based on (more…)
The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner, Fiona McLeay, was honoured to speak at the launch of the Women’s Legal Service report, Small Claims, Large Battles in May. The report presents the findings from their 18 month project investigating the experiences of vulnerable women as they seek fair financial outcomes through the family law system. (more…)
Victoria Law Foundation is offering grants for Law Week 2018 events. You can apply for a Law Week Grant of up to $3000 (excl. GST). To be eligible, events must be for the community and delivered during (more…)
The Central Highlands Health Justice Partnership for Youth is a program delivering an integrated health justice service for young people in the Central Highlands region of Victoria.
Commencing in February 2015, the program was a collaboration between (more…)
The Law Institute of Victoria has published an article about the award winning Seniors Law Health Justice Partnership that was initially granted three years of funding by the Board. The article can be accessed on the LIV website.
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 Board’s latest Grants Newsletter has been published. It can be downloaded from the Grants Newsletter page of the website.
The Smart Justice for Young People report, Investing in communities not prisons, explores justice reinvestment and its experience in Australia and internationally. The report includes experiences from many jurisdictions which have faced similar youth justice issues and challenges as Victoria, but looks to (more…)
Health Justice Partnerships continue to receive well-deserved positive coverage in the media.
ABC Radio National recently broadcast an interview with several people involved in the Health Justice Partnership program being coordinated by (more…)
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.
Australian National University’ ANUreporter recently published an interview with Dr Liz Curran discussing Health Justice Partnerships, where lawyers work in medical clinics to help patients with health problems that are linked to their legal issues.
The article ‘How lawyers improve health care‘ can be downloaded from (more…)