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Knowledge Grants

Up to $50,000 to build data capability and research skills through investigation of a civil legal problem or data collection practices to better understand and respond to community need.

What are Knowledge Grants?

Up to $50,000

2021/22 Knowledge Grants are now available. Applications close Monday 23 August 2021.

Supporting organisations to improve data capability and research skills

Knowledge Grants support community legal organisations to undertake a research project to improve knowledge about legal need while developing research skills and data collection systems.

The types of projects that are likely to be funded include

  • Investigation into a specific civil legal issue through collection and collation of data and information.
  • Using data to identify a community profile using a range of data sources, for example, service data, ABS data, data dashboards, as well as community or client feedback to inform strategic decisions about service delivery and allocation of resources. This information would provide a better understanding of priority groups and community legal and related needs.
  • Piloting new approaches to legal service models, practice and data, particularly one that requires or provides opportunity to collect new or additional data and information about clients and their needs.

Priority will be given to projects that

  • develop a new understanding of the legal needs of Victorians through collection of data and information
  • improve capability of the organisation to collect, analyse and use data and information about particular audiences
  • share information with other organisations or agencies which results in a better understanding of the target group and ways to address need effectively.

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, courts, tribunals and statutory bodies may not apply on their own, however, may like to partner with a community legal organisation to provide guidance and expertise to undertake a research project.

How to prepare your application

Contact the Grants Manager early to discuss your idea, get grant writing tips and feedback from the Research Team on your proposal.

https://youtu.be/Ly8JCacTrqY

Submit an application

Contact the Grants Manager prior to lodging your application to ensure it meets the grants criteria.

Complete the application form online through SmartyGrants.

Knowledge Grants Application

Download application questions

Grant guidelines

Guiding principles

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

Impact

Projects we fund through a Knowledge Grants should lead to better services, programs or interventions for Victorian communities.

Sustainability

The skills, systems, processes and data you gather as part of your project should be useful beyond the life of your project. This might include how you work with client groups, deliver your service, allocate resources or advocate for law reform.

Assessment process

The Grants Subgroup of the Foundation’s Board makes funding decisions.

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.

Find out more about the conditions of our grants

Data collection guidelines

The Foundation has developed data collection guidelines for grant recipients undertaking research projects. It covers key areas to consider when collecting data and information from participants, and what to do with this data.

FAQs

What are the application questions?

Download a copy of the application questions to prepare your responses before submitting your application.

Who can apply?

We are seeking applications from community legal organisations.

We will not accept applications from organisations which have a primary and/or existing role to undertake research, however we encourage partnerships with an eligible organisation to provide guidance, skills transfer 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?

2021/22 Knowledge Grants are now available. Applications close Monday 23 August 2021.

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. Find out more.

Where do I complete my reporting?

We want to know how your project went, so require recipients to submit a final report on completion. This report can be found in your SmartyGrants portal.