When & How to Apply for a Discretionary Grant

Discretionary Grant Application Deadlines

The deadlines for application to the Foundation’s three discretionary grant programs are set out below. For more information on each grant program, see Discretionary Grants

Core Operating Grant Applications will be considered in 2021 as follows:

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
Board Consideration: December 2021

Small Grant Applications will be considered twice in 2021 as follows:

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021
Board Consideration: June 2021

Application Deadline: October 31, 2021
Board Consideration: December 2021

Project Grant Applications will be considered once in 2021 as follows:

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021 
Board Consideration: December 2021

For additional information on our discretionary granting, contact the Foundation’s Executive Director.

Steps to Apply for a Discretionary Grant

Step 1: Determine If Your Organization May Be Eligible to Apply for a Grant. The Foundation makes grants to organizations, associations, institutions or individuals. Grant recipients will ordinarily be resident in Manitoba and their program or project must demonstrate direct benefit to Manitobans. Note: The Foundation may fund a program or project that is national in scope if it:

  • is found to be within the objects of the Foundation:
  • directly or indirectly benefits Manitobans; and,
  • has an appropriate amount of funding from other law Canadian law foundations.

Step 2: Determine in Your Project/Program May be Eligible for a Grant. To be considered, your Project/Program must align with one or more of the purposes of the Foundation:

  • legal education;
  • legal research;
  • legal aid services;
  • law reform; and,
  • the development and maintenance of law libraries.

Determine also whether your Project/Program addresses one or more of the Foundation’s strategic granting priorities. For 2020/2021, the Foundation is encouraging innovative and/or collaborative projects that further access to justice and that address any or all of the following needs:

  • Legal services for rural and remote areas of Manitoba;
  • Legal services that specifically support Indigenous issues and communities;
  • Supporting delivery of legal support services by intermediaries and advocates;
  • French language legal services and supports;
  • Legal education, legal research, and legal services that advance innovations and changes to legal system operations, spurred by the COVID-19 crisis, that offer improvements in access to justice in Manitoba; and,
  • Legal education, legal research, and legal services that aim to address systemic discrimination experienced by racialized groups in Manitoba’s legal systems.

Step 3: Contact the Executive Director to discuss your proposal and obtain the necessary application package. Be prepared to discuss the following:

  • Which of the Foundation’s purposes does the Project/Program meet?
  • Which (if any) of the strategic granting priorities of the Foundation does the Project/Program address?
  • Who will the project serve?
  • What need is it addressing? How did you determine the need?
  • What are the outcomes you hope to achieve with the project?
  • Approximately how much funding would you like to apply for?

Step 4: Draft your application, following the instructions provided in the Application Package. Make sure you have included all the information required. If you have questions during this step of the process, the Foundation’s Executive Director can answer them and provide feedback on the draft application. 

Step 5: Submit the application by email, in PDF format, by the required deadline to the Executive Director (see above for deadlines). Once the application is received, the Executive Director will review it to confirm it is complete. If any additional information is required, you will be given the opportunity to submit it before the application is considered by the Board.

The Board will consider applications at a regularly scheduled board meeting (see above for timing). The Manitoba Law Foundation Board makes the final decision on all grant applications. Foundation staff will advise of the decision reached by the Board within seven (7) days of its decision.