How to Apply

Potential applicants must first contact the Foundation’s office to discuss their proposal and obtain the necessary application forms. All applications are required to be in the format provided by the Foundation. Along with the application forms, prospective applicants will also receive a summary of the information required to be included in the application. Twelve hard copies of the completed proposal are required to be submitted the Foundation’s office prior to the appropriate deadline. (submission deadlines outlined below)

The Foundation’s staff can provide feedback on the application and will discuss any additional information or clarification needed with the applicant. Once the hard copies of the application are submitted to the Foundation’s office, the Foundation’s board will consider it at a regularly scheduled board meeting. The board of directors makes the final decision of whether or not an application will be funded.

The Foundation has three types of grant applications:

  • Core or sustaining grants
  • Project grants
  • Small Grants Program grants

Applications for sustaining grants or large projects must be submitted by October 1st, and are considered by the Foundation’s board in December of each year.

Applications for the Small Grants Program must be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • March 31st, for consideration at the board’s June meeting; or
  • October 31st, for consideration at the board’s December meeting.

Small Grants Program supports small, one-time, distinct law-related projects. To qualify for application under the Small Grants program, a project must:

  • have a total budget of up to but not exceeding $20,000;
  • be of no more than one year in duration;
  • fall within one or more of the Foundation’s objectives; and
  • not be a continuing program.

Any projects which do not meet these criteria (i.e. have a total budget of over $20,000 or are longer than one year in duration) would apply as a regular project grant, and must meet the October 1st submission deadline.

If a grant is approved, grant recipients confirm their obligations by signing a letter of agreement provided by the Foundation. Grant recipients may only spend the grant money as specified in their application; any variation from this must be requested in writing by the applicant and approved in writing by the Foundation. Funds not spent in accordance with the letter of agreement must be refunded to the Foundation.

Projects and programs funded are generally those within the province of Manitoba, however, funding for projects or programs outside of the province may be provided in unique situations where the work is also supported by other Canadian law foundations and is of national benefit or significance.

For further information on how to apply, please contact the Executive Director, Karen Dyck , at 204-947-3142 or via email at

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