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Justice and Technology Research Grant

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Universities, and Colleges for
Research on How Technology Impacts Access to Justice

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Law Foundation of Ontario

Deadline Date:

12/15/18 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations, universities, and community colleges to research how technology can impact access to justice. Funding is intended to foster and build creativity, knowledge, and connections, and ultimately to effect change in the provision of legal services. The purpose of the grant program is to increase access to justice in novel ways, to gain a better understanding of the practical ways in which technology is, or could, potentially change the way that legal services are provided, and to support access to justice for people with legal needs.

The Foundation understands that there are multiple definitions of “technology” and is open to various research approaches as part of this call.

This granting stream highlights the Foundation’s strategic objective of expanding knowledge: “We continually deepen our knowledge of access to justice, including the contribution of community organizations. We are committed to sharing our knowledge about what is happening and what works.”

Preference will be given to applications that address the following research issues:

- How is the public using technology to obtain legal help?
- What type of help are they receiving?
- What types of technology are they using?
- How often are they using it?
- What is the demographic profile of the people using the technology? Who is being helped? Who is not?
- Is the help they receive of good quality and useful?
- What are the implications of technology for self-help or the provision of support by trusted intermediaries?

Legal professionals
- How is technology transforming the way that the legal professions use their practice?
- To what extent does that differ by firm size, geographic location, and other factors?
- Does the technology improve or lessen the quality and cost of services that they are able to provide to the public?
- What is the demographic profile of individuals, organizations, or communities being helped by the legal professions’ use of technology? Who is being helped? Who is not?

Decision making
- How is technology transforming legal decision making (by courts, administrative tribunals, online dispute resolution mechanisms, etc.)?
- Do these transformations make dispute resolution more or less available to the public?
- Do they improve the quality and or cost of dispute resolution?
- What is the profile of individuals, organizations, or communities who use decision making transformed by technology? Who is being helped? Who is not?
- Do the decision-making tools address the needs of diverse communities in an appropriate, non-discriminatory manner?

- What regulatory approach, if any, should be taken, to the use of technology for providing legal help?
- What have professional regulators (in the legal sector or otherwise) done when approaching these issues?
- What are the challenges and solutions in regulating service deliverers who have a global reach and may act outside the regulators jurisdiction?

A Justice and technology research project must support access to justice and fit within the Foundation’s mandate and be consistent with the Foundation’s mission and vision.

The Foundation promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion and welcomes grant applications that meet the diverse needs of Ontarians.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184507

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $100,000 in one-time funding.

Term of Contract:

Projects may last up to two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations that work to benefit the people of Ontario. Applications need to be made by a nonprofit organization, a university, or a community college. If an organization is a nonprofit with charitable status, please include a registered charity number on the application.

An unincorporated committee may apply if administration of the grant can be done through an appropriate accountability structure, e.g. through a law firm in trust or an incorporated nonprofit. If the grant request is approved, the Foundation will require a Memorandum of Agreement that sets out clear roles and responsibilities for each partner.

Organizations based outside Ontario may apply to the Foundation for a grant if the proposed project offers a benefit to the people of Ontario.

The Foundation does not provide funding to individuals or to for-profit ventures.

The Foundation will not fund capital expenditures for immoveable assets (i.e., buildings). Usually, applicant organizations will be expected to include equipment or office furniture expenses as in-kind contributions.

The Foundation will not fund litigation.

The Foundation will not fund costs directly related to lobbying, advocating or promoting a particular position on a legal or public policy issue.

As a general matter, absent special circumstances, full-time faculty at a college or university will not be personally compensated for research undertaken on a project that falls within their own research agenda and/or their institutional research obligations. However, the Foundation will fund other expenses associated with the proposed research, including the hiring of students as research assistants.

The Law Foundation of Ontario does not usually fund indirect costs applied by universities or colleges to recover administrative overhead for the project.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: December 15, 2018

The Law Foundation of Ontario strongly encourages applicants to contact a grants officer to discuss proposed programs or project’s fit with the Foundation’s funding guidelines and priorities.

If an application indicates the intent to partner with another organization, a letter of commitment from the partner(s) should be included with the application.

Staff may contact applicants for further information as part of the grant application assessment process. The more the Foundation understands about an organization and a proposed project, the better assistance the Foundation can provide.

The Foundation is committed to meeting community needs including the needs of the Francophone community. Applicants can communicate in French during the grants process and will receive direct French language services during this process.

The Foundation accommodates the needs of persons with disabilities in the grantmaking process.

The Foundation’s mission and vision:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application form and supporting materials via email to

For more information, please contact:
Thijiba Sinnathamby
416-598-1550 x 318
Tiffany Smith
416-598-1550 x 309

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Canada: Ontario