How to apply – Responsive grant

How to apply for a Responsive grant


As part of the application process, applicants are required to:

  • Submit an application using the current Responsive grant application form and instructions
  • Provide sufficiently detailed information regarding the proposed use of funds
  • Respond in a timely fashion to any requests from Foundation staff for additional information


Please note that all applications should ensure that the specific amount requested reflects a demonstrated need for the activities and a reasonable budget for the proposed activities. Please further note that the Foundation’s experience is that a major grant of up to $100,000 is sufficient to support many kinds of projects. Accordingly, to apply for more than that amount, the applicant should demonstrate the unique, transformative, and potential large scale impact of their project.

Among many other considerations, the Foundation will be looking for applications to demonstrate that the:

  • Proposed work clearly fits within the Foundation’s objects, vision, and mission;
  • Proposed work is a project – a time-limited set of activities that will achieve a particular goal, including but not limited to innovations, start-ups, or seed funding for new initiatives
  • Proposed work is not for a commercial venture or government-run project or program
  • Grant will not be used to support litigation or costs directly related to lobbying, advocating or promoting a particular position on a legal or public policy issue
  • Requesting organization has the skills and experience to plan and carry out the project
  • Applicant is ready to be fully accountable to the Foundation for monies granted


We strongly encourage all applicants (especially first-time applicants) to read our FAQs and then contact a Grants Officer to discuss your proposal and your organization’s fit with the program.

Once your application has been received, Foundation staff may contact you for further information as part of the assessment process. The more that the Foundation understands about your organization and your proposed project, the better assistance we can provide. Please remember, however, that Foundation staff must remain impartial and cannot advocate on your behalf to the Foundation board. All granting decisions are made by The Law Foundation of Ontario Board of Trustees.

With respect to major grants, only Letters of Intent that are approved will be invited to submit a full application. However, an invitation to submit a full application is not a guarantee that you will receive funding.

On occasion, grant applications may be sent to an outside expert for review on a confidential basis. Please remember, there is no guarantee that your application will go forward on any specific Board meeting date.

Successful grant applicants will receive a Letter of Agreement (click here to see an example in PDF), which will contain Grant Terms & Conditions. We recommend that you review the terms of this Agreement before you submit a Letter of Intent or any application for funding. Special conditions may be attached to the approval of an individual grant.

The Foundation promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion and welcomes grant applications that meet the diverse needs of Ontarians.

The Foundation is committed to meeting community needs, including the needs of the Francophone community. Applicants can communicate in French during the grants process and will receive direct French language services during this process.

We accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities in our grantmaking process.


Small grants – up to $15,000 (two application cycles per year)

Application deadline #1 March 31
Decision by End of June
Application deadline #2 September 1
Decision by End of December

Major grants – up to $100,000 and from $100,000 to $250,000 
(one application cycle per year)

Letter of Intent deadline * March 31
Decision by End of May
Full application deadline * June 30
Decision by End of December