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


TOTAL GRANTS $1,976,237

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 — $51,395
Justice Matters for Women – Rural Outreach in Antigonish and Guysborough Counties – a rural outreach program providing law-related information and support for women and adolescent girls in rural counties and the Strait area

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre — $45,660
Prevention, Intervention, and Awareness (PIA) Program – 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 — $60,000
Information and support for women in the criminal court process; counseling and support at parole hearings & prerelease planning; life skills programs to prevent recidivism

Dalhousie Legal Aid — $111,098
Pro bono legal services for marginalized populations; community development and law reform; an educational experience for 3rd year law students

East Coast Environmental Association — $65,000
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 — $72,000
Support Services for vulnerable, criminalized women and girls help women charged with offences or at risk in the community; law reform & community education

EPIC Society — $50,000
After school programs for youth in conflict with the law & support for parents; reduces recidivism amongst at-risk youth; outreach to marginalized youth in rural areas of Cape Breton

Halifax Refugee Clinic — $145,000
A pro bono legal clinic to assist financially eligible refugee claimants before the Immigration & Refugee Board & in related matters

I B & M Initiative — $140,000
A legal education initiative to increase the representation of Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq persons 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 — $36,575
A legal education program to reduce recidivism; help for drug users and service providers 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 — $26,164
Access to legal services & plain language information for persons with disabilities across Nova Scotia

Stepping Stone — $48,000
Court support & assistance for current or former sex trade workers; workshops for sex trade workers and the legal community; community education

Project – Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Bar Admission Program — $61,000
Financial assistance for graduated articling students needing help to access the bar admission program

Project – Black Law Students Canada — $19,000
Financial assistance for Nova Scotia black law students to attend February 2021 annual Black Law Students’ Conference

Project – Coverdale Family Court Support — $43,450
Court support & assistance for marginalized women in the Halifax Regional Municipality

Project – East Coast Prison Justice Society — $48,614
Access to prison system including interviews with persons held there and collection of data for prison reform

Project – Family Service Western Nova Scotia Wellness Court — $60,000
Court support & assistance for marginalized persons attending Wellness Court in South Shore rural Nova Scotia

Project – Elizabeth Fry Prison Law Advocacy — $76,462
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; trains pro bono lawyers

Project – African Nova Scotian Social Worker Pilot for Nova Scotia Legal Aid — $86,700
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 – Social Justice Support Assistant (SJSA) Pilot for Nova Scotia Legal Aid — $63,500
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

Lunenburg County Seniors’ Safety Legal Navigator Project — $28,231
Legal navigator provides legal, safety & security information on an individual and group basis to seniors in Lunenburg County

Stepping Stone Housing Project —$20,000
Housing support & assistance for current or former sex trade workers; educating the legal community

UNB Law School Scholarship Nova Scotia students — $100,000
Financial scholarship monies for Nova Scotia law students attending UNB Law School