Canada: 2020 Access to Justice Fund Call for Applications

Sharing the below information from the Law Foundation of Canada. Grants up to $100K available for nonprofit organizations across Canada to focus on access to justice needs, public legal education, Indigenous peoples’ legal needs & refugees. Deadline: May 12, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST. Learn more at their website:

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications from nonprofit organizations across Canada to the Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) for projects relating to:

  • Public legal education, triage, brief services, and referrals (including tools to assist self-represented litigants)
  • Indigenous peoples’ legal needs
  • Refugees

Grants made from the ATJF are to be used to support public access to justice. While the phrase “access to justice” cannot have a single meaning, it is closely linked to the promotion of equity, fairness, and the elimination of barriers to justice (whether physical, psychological, financial, linguistic, or social). It can include access to information by low-income or marginalized persons so that they can understand their options with respect to legal problems and services and act on those options.

The Foundation encourages project proposals aimed at addressing the diverse needs of Canadians, including those living in rural and remote areas. Collaborations among organizations with different areas of expertise and from different areas of the country are also encouraged.

The proposed project may be local, regional, provincial or national in scope. In making grants from the ATJF, the Foundation wishes to support high-quality projects that have the potential to bring real improvements to the communities served.