What we do
Each year, The Law Foundation of Ontario awards millions of dollars to many carefully selected grantees. Through the work of grantees, and through funds paid to Legal Aid Ontario, the Foundation is carrying out its mission to advance access to justice in the province.
From its creation in 1974 until now, The Law Foundation of Ontario has given out over $1 billion in grants and to Legal Aid Ontario.
The Law Foundation of Ontario:
- Helps administer and transfers 75% of net revenue from mixed trust accounts to Legal Aid Ontario
- Makes grants to support a wide range of nonprofit organizations to help people to understand the law and to use the law to improve their lives
- Make grants to law schools to support experiential learning, diversity within the profession, and other access to justice initiatives
- Strengthens the nonprofit justice sector through paid fellowships and articling positions within academia and nonprofit organizations
- Initiates and invests in innovative research and projects to explore new ideas and approaches to access to justice
- Fosters collaborations with diverse partners from within and outside the justice sector
- Recognizes outstanding justice champions through our signature Guthrie Award
- Administers the Class Proceedings Fund to support the independent Class Proceedings Committee
Watch our video to get to know the Foundation a little more and click on the links below to learn about activities and programs we support.
Open calls for funding
See the current open calls for funding applications and learn more about The Law Foundation of Ontario’s granting programs.
What we fund
The Law Foundation of Ontario makes grants to nonprofit organizations that work to advance access to justice for the benefit of the people of Ontario.
Funding for Legal Aid Ontario
The Law Foundation of Ontario is required to pay 75% of net income earned from lawyer and paralegal mixed trust accounts directly to Legal Aid Ontario. Legal Aid Ontario decides how it will use this funding.
Responsive grant program
The Law Foundation of Ontario’s responsive grant program includes one round of major grants (two streams: up to $100,000 and from $100,000 to $250,000) and two rounds of small grants (up to $15,000). See the requirements, considerations, process, and timing to apply.
Access to Justice Fund and cy-près
The Access to Justice Fund is a national granting program that benefits people across Canada. This Fund receives proceeds of class action lawsuits where judges have awarded some of the proceeds to the Foundation through cy-près awards. As funds are available, calls for applications are made and communicated widely.
The Connecting Project
The Connecting Project improves access to legal information and services for people who live in rural or remote areas of Ontario or who do not speak English or French.
The Law Foundation of Ontario has provided funding to Ontario’s law schools since 1975. The Foundation’s support is dedicated to access to justice initiatives.
The Law Foundation of Ontario’s Catalyst program will provide a nonprofit organization working to advance access to justice with an opportunity to apply for up to $150,000 per year of core funding for three years.
The Law Foundation of Ontario offers three fellowship programs to advance access to justice objectives. Two fellowships are for articling students and one is for leaders in community organizations.
Publications, research, and evaluations
The Law Foundation of Ontario produces and commissions a number of publications, research reports, and evaluations about our grantmaking and about issues of importance and relevance to our grantees and access to justice generally.
The Law Foundation of Ontario had made grants to support hundreds of organizations and projects that are advancing access to justice. Click on the story titles to read about the inspiring work of our grantees.
Click here to see a list of grants awarded by the LFO with brief descriptions of the funded activities. This includes traditional grants as well as fellowships and scholarships.