Who can apply to the Law Foundation for funds?

The Foundation generally welcomes applications from organizations rather than individuals. Your proposal must be for a purpose connected with the law that meets one or more of the Foundation’s legislated objects, must benefit the people of Nova Scotia, and must be a not-for-profit venture.

The Foundation’s objects are to “establish and maintain a fund to be used for the examination, research, revision and reform of and public access to the law, legal education, the administration of Justice in the Province and other purposes incidental or conducive to or consequential upon the attainment of any such objects.”

What kinds of projects have already received funds from the Law Foundation?

Grants have been made for public legal education, legal aid, public access to the law and legal research, as well as other law-related projects. Review the Foundation’s Annual Reports for additional information on the types of projects that have received funding in recent years.

Who decides which groups will receive grants of funds?

The Board of the Law Foundation considers applications and grants funds for projects that it approves. The Board consists of up to nine members, five appointed by the Nova Scotia Government and four by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

When does the Board meet to consider applications?

The Board usually meets in February of each year to consider applications for the fiscal period April 1st to March 31st. However, applicants should consult with the Executive Director of the Foundation before submitting an application.

Are there deadlines for submitting an application?

Deadline for receipt of applications is September 11, 2024 for funding for April 1, 2025 to March 31, 2026.

How do I apply for a grant?

Instructions are available on this website, and the Executive Director is available to help applicants prepare their applications.

What kind of information does the Foundation require?

Applications must include information about the organization applying for the grant of funds, about the project for which the funds are required and about the people who will carry out the project. The Foundation also needs to know how the funds will be spent and whether any other funds have been requested or received.

What are some of the attributes the Foundation looks for in its applicants?

The Foundation looks for evidence of fiscal responsibility, sound organizational management, and the experience and expertise necessary to successfully mount the project/program for which funds are being sought.

Do I have to appear before the Board?

The Board may request applicants to appear at the Board Meeting to support their applications.

What is required if my group receives a grant?

The Law Foundation requires grantees to submit interim and final reports, including financial statements to show that their projects are being carried out as described in their applications. As well, the Foundation’s Executive Director conducts regular onsite visits to each grantee and reports to the Board.

Does the Law Foundation provide long term funding?

There is no guarantee that an applicant who has received funds from the Law Foundation will continue to be funded on an ongoing basis. Grant funds are ordinarily committed for a term of up to one year only. Grantees must reapply each year.