About the 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 VLSB+C administered Public Purpose Fund, 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. Subscribe to our Grants Program newsletter to receive grants related news and updates, and be notified when the next funding round opens.
2020 Grants Round
Due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the grants program funding was reduced from $4M to $1M this year. As a result of the budget cut we refocused our criteria to address the most pressing needs. All 2020 Grant Round applications have now been assessed and the Attorney-General has made her final determination.
Watch this short interview with our Commissioner, Grants Manager and a representative from one of our successful grants projects to learn more about our Grants program.