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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, 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 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 closed and grants are currently being assessed. Outcomes are expected to be known in August.

The priority theme of the 2019 Grant Round was Designing Justice Differently: Using Human-Centred Design and Technology.


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

Grants Program News

Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program: 2019 funding round open December 6, 2018

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…)

Invitation: Launch of the 2019 Grants Round November 23, 2018

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…)

New report: Small Claims, Large Battles June 8, 2018

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…)

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.


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.