Special Granting Initiative

The Law Foundation has established a Special Granting Initiative.


The purpose of the initiative is to support innovative and/or collaborative projects that have the goal of achieving a significant impact in enhancing justice and access to justice in Manitoba.

Who Can Apply

Individuals, institutions, organizations or associations in Manitoba whose proposed application falls within one or more of the five statutory mandated purposes of the Law Foundation:

  • legal education
  • legal research
  • law reform
  • legal aid services
  • development & maintenance of law libraries

Projects must be time-limited, but can last for up to 3 years.  The Foundation is particularly interested in receiving innovative and/or collaborative proposals that meet needs in the following areas:

  • 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

The Foundation will consider proposals in areas other than those listed above as long as they fall within the mandate of the Foundation.

Grant Size

The Foundation has set aside $1,500,000 for the Special Granting Initiative and is seeking applications from existing, past and potential new grantees for projects of all sizes, big or small. Please round the amount requested to the nearest thousand dollars.

Application & Assessment Process

Please contact the Executive Director, Erin Wilcott, to discuss your application (and to request an application package) by:

This initial communication with our Executive Director is important as it is an opportunity to discuss the application process and get assistance/feedback on your project idea and how it relates to the Foundation’s mandate. We strongly encourage you to get this feedback as early in the process as you can.

Applications are due Monday, January 13, 2020 at 4 p.m. and will be adjudicated in March 2020 or as appropriate.

Please note that the Foundation may require an organization to have audited financial statements or an audit of the project.

Submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.