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Funding opportunities

What support we offer and how to apply

We help fund projects and organisations that contribute towards the goals set out in our grants strategy. Our holistic funding model has two distinct streams:

  • Change Grants
  • Strong Foundations Grants

Explore more about these grants below. A green dot indicates the grants round is currently open for applications.

  • Change Grants
  • Strong Foundations
  • Change Grants continue the core component of our long-running grants program and provide funding for projects that address issues or gaps limiting people's access to justice.

    These grants are an effective way for community legal centres and other not-for-profit organisations to test new ideas and advocate for change.

    We work with successful applicants to customise funding to suit their project, offering longer-term grants if appropriate.

    Providing organisations with the means to fund their work properly has proven successful in promoting innovation in service delivery, policy, and law reform, which helps to reduce disadvantage within Victoria's justice system.

  • Change Grants are available to Victorian-based not-for-profit, non-government organisations whose activities also take place in Victoria. We welcome applications on a range of themes related to access to justice.

  • Applications are now open for 2024. Here’s what to do: 

    1. Download and read the guidelines for this round. 

    1. Consult with our grants team in February 2024. Email funding@lsbc.vic.gov.au to arrange a time. 

    1. Complete your application using our online portal.  

    1. Submit your completed application via the portal by 5pm on Monday 4 March 2024.  

    The application process is shown below:

    A graphic outlining the steps involved in the application process: grants round opens, contact grants team, apply, applications are assessed, recommendations are made to the Attorney-General, Attorney-General makes final approval, applicants are advised of outcomes

     

  • In addition to our project grants, we now offer flexible and stable funding over three to five years to eligible community legal centres in Victoria.

    Strong Foundations Grants give organisations more freedom to decide where and how resources are allocated, helping them to build capacity and achieve their strategic objectives.

    By supporting organisations with a proven track record, and harnessing their expertise, ambition and leadership, our goal is to bring about positive systemic change that improves access to justice for all Victorians.

    Benefits to your organisation

    • Maximise the impact of your work
    • Direct funds where they are needed most
    • Adapt to changing circumstances
    • Pursue opportunities as they arise
    • Attract and retain staff
    • Improved planning
  • For our first-ever round of Strong Foundations Grants, we are targeting community legal centres in Victoria that have received funding from us within the last five years. Download the Strong Foundations Grants guidelines for more on eligibility and selection criteria.

  • This round is invite-only and we have contacted eligible organisations directly with information on how to apply. The next round will be in 2024. Sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss out on future updates or email us at funding@lsbc.vic.gov.au with any questions.

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