Knowledge Grants

Up to $50,000 to collect, analyse and share information about community legal needs.

What are Knowledge Grants?

Up to $50,000

Applications are closed for 2019/20

Supporting organisations to collect data, analyse and share information about civil legal need.

Knowledge Grants support community legal organisations to better understand their data and information and to use it to investigate important community legal issues.

Our Knowledge Grants fund a range of projects and initiatives, including professional development to support staff in building data collection and research skills, collaborative projects to develop a new and deeper understanding of a legal issue, and scoping projects aimed at gathering necessary evidence on existing issues and problems.

Who can apply?

Knowledge Grant applications are open to community legal centres and not-for-profit community organisations.

We only fund organisations – individuals are not able to apply.

Research organisations may not apply on their own. However, community legal organisations may partner with research institutes to receive guidance and advice during their projects.

How to apply

Knowledge grants applications are closed for 2019/20. Information about the next round will be available in 2020.

Grant guidelines

Guiding principles

You’re more likely to be successful in your grant application if your project demonstrates a connection to our guiding principles.


Projects we fund with Knowledge grants should lead to better programs or interventions for local communities.


The skills you learn or the data you gather as part of your project should be relevant beyond the life of your project.

Assessment process

The Grants Subgroup of the Foundation’s Board makes funding decisions, and applicants can expect to hear the outcome by November 2019.

In addition to the priority and guiding principles above, the following criteria are also considered as when assessing grant applications:

  • clear identification of the legal issue you will investigate
  • clear description of the difference this will make to your organisation
  • partner organisations or other agencies that might benefit from this work have been identified
  • the budget is realistic and offers value for money.
Grant exclusions

Generally, we do not fund:

  • studies to obtain a degree or diploma
  • government organisations with the exception of independent statutory bodies
  • recurrent or core operational costs
  • purchase of major items of equipment
  • international travel costs
  • commercial or profit-making activities
  • litigation of any kind
  • projects that primarily support political activity and lobbying
  • costs incurred prior to grant approval
  • grant applications previously deemed unsuccessful by the foundation unless invited to reapply.
Conditions of grant

Victoria Law Foundation places conditions on the grants it makes. Some of the grant requirements include:

  • successful applicants enter into an agreement with the Foundation
  • a final report is to be submitted on completion of the project
  • agreement between the parties to share information and data outcomes with the Foundation and other relevant organisations
  • acknowledging the support of the Foundation.


What are Knowledge Grants about?

Knowledge Grants will provide funding to organisations to build their research capacity and gain a better understanding of the legal needs of the community.

We will fund projects to collect, collate and/or analyse new or existing data and information to explore a civil legal issue, for example tenancy, consumer issues, infringements.

Who can apply?

We are seeking applications from community legal centres and not-for-profit community organisations.

We will not accept applications from organisations which have a primary and/or existing role to undertake research, however they may partner with an eligible organisation to provide skills and expertise.

Can we work in partnership?

Yes, in fact we encourage it! You may want to partner with other organisations or agencies that work with the target audience or issue area, or you can work with a partner with specific skills and expertise. The applicant will be responsible for reporting and financial management.

What do you mean by sustainability?

We want to fund projects that will develop systems, processes or skills that will continue to be used after the project has been completed.

What kind of things can we apply for?

Budget items will depend on your project methodology. Some of the items that you can apply for include:

  • courses or training for staff e.g. focus group facilitation, data analysis
  • consultant fees e.g. evaluation
  • software e.g. data management systems
  • project coordination (salary)
When are Knowledge Grants available?

Knowledge Grant submissions for 2019/20 are now closed. We are in the process of reviewing submissions, decisions will be announced in November 2019.

How many grants are available?

The Foundation’s grant pool is $300,000 divided between our three grant programs. Unfortunately we are unable to fund many great projects due to limited funding. We aim to fund around 4-5 projects within each grant program.

Contact the Grants Manager to find out if your project proposal meets our selection criteria and if sufficient funds are available, giving your application the best chance of success.

What are my obligations if I am offered a grant?

All successful applicants enter into a funding agreement with the Foundation. Some other general requirements include submitting a final report on completion of the project and acknowledging the support of the Foundation. Conditions for specific grants are included on our guidelines documents.