Who can apply to the Law Foundation for
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.
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
Deadline for receipt of applications is
September 19, 2016.
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
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
show that their
out as described
onsite visits to
each grantee and
reports to the
Does the Law Foundation provide long
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