Responsive grant program

The Responsive grants program enables The Law Foundation of Ontario to fund ideas generated by nonprofit community groups to improve access to justice. Each year the program includes one round of major grants (up to $100,000) and two rounds of small grants (up to $15,000).

Responsive grants aim to encourage new ideas, approaches, and relationships that can help address emerging needs and connect more people to legal information and supports, especially people who are not currently being reached. These grants have provided seed funding for hundreds of innovative initiatives across Ontario.

For example, Responsive grants have enabled:

  • The pilot of “That’s Not Fair!”, an animated series of videos, online games, and lesson plans to introduce children to critical thinking about democracy.
  • A wallet card that explains a new law that protects people from being charged if they contact emergency assistance when someone overdoses from illegal drug use.
  • An outreach coordinator to better connect pro bono services to people with disabilities living in rural areas.
  • Engagement and legal education for low-income tenants at risk of eviction from rooming houses.
Youth for Housing for Youth project engages youth on human rights and housing using visual arts as a tool for creative advocacy.

The Youth for Housing for Youth project, funded by a Foundation responsive grant, engages youth on human rights and housing using visual arts as a tool for creative advocacy.