Previous years’ grants awards are described in past annual reports available here.


TOTAL GRANTS $1,493,359

Access to Justice and Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia — $150,000
Access to justice research and reform, review of provincial laws & recommendations for improvement, modernization and reform

Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre — $49,814
A rural outreach program providing law-related information and individual support for women and adolescent girls in Antigonish and Guysborough Counties and the Strait area

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre — $45,660
Sexual assault legal information and education, professional training workshops, support services and policy development aimed at improving the criminal justice process for victims of sexual violence

Concilio Prison Ministry$45,000
St. Luke’s Renewal Centre – for inmates at Springhill Institution and their families an innovative approach to re-integration of long-term offenders into the community as productive citizens, addressing issues of barriers to justice

Coverdale Courtwork Services — $50,625
Information and support for women in the criminal court process; counseling and support at parole hearings & pre-release planning

Dalhousie Legal Aid — $99,988
Legal services; community development and law reform; an educational experience for 3rd year law students

East Coast Environmental Association — $55,000
Collaboration among students, academics & practitioners; responds to environmental law inquiries from individuals, community groups and non-profit organizations; reviews existing and proposed environmental legislation and policies; delivers environmental law education

Elizabeth Fry Cape Breton — $102,888
Support for women in prison; programs & services for women charged with offences or at risk in the community; law reform & community education

Elizabeth Fry Mainland — $62,000
Support for women in prison; programs & services for women charged with offences or at risk in the community; law reform & community education

EPIC Society — $44,280
After school programs for youth in conflict with the law & support for parents; reduces recidivism amongst at-risk youth

Halifax Refugee Clinic — $129,600
A legal clinic to assist financially eligible refugee claimants before the Immigration & Refugee Board & in related matters

I B & M Initiative — $100,000
An initiative to increase the representation of Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq people in the legal profession

King’s County Seniors’ Safety Program — $20,000
A program to provide legal, safety & security information on an individual and group basis to seniors in King’s County

Leave Out Violence (LOVE) — $15,000
Youth who have experienced violence are trained to become educators about the root causes, effects & alternatives to violent behaviour

Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) — $172,000
Programs providing Nova Scotians with access to legal information & resources to enable them to answer their questions about the law and begin to address their legal issues

Mainline Needle Exchange — $30,504
A legal education program for drug users & service providers; legal assistance for drug users in court & correctional institutions

Pro Bono Students Association — $13,500
Law students volunteer their time to provide legal services to public interest community organizations

reachAbility — $22,832
Access to legal services & plain language information for persons with disabilities across Nova Scotia

Stepping Stone — $46,470
Court support & assistance for current or former sex trade workers; workshops for sex trade workers and the legal community; community education

Project – African Nova Scotian Social Worker Pilot for Nova Scotia Legal Aid  —$89,398
Information, navigation, and bridge between the African Nova Scotian community and the legal system, innovative program designed to have sustainable aspects increasing organizational cultural competency

Project – Prison Law Advocacy — $76,000
Legal navigator for women and girls in the criminal justice system, province wide; provides alternatives to incarceration, programs in correctional institutions and in the community, presentations, consultations; new research contributes to the field

Project – Social Justice Support Assistant (SJSA) Pilot for Nova Scotia Legal Aid —$72,800
Support geared towards helping legal aid lawyers and other quasi-legal or front line workers to assist low income and vulnerable  client populations; self-represented individuals; rural populations primarily in Cape Breton