McLachlin Fund - Call for Proposals

The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Fund (“McLachlin Fund”) was established in 2019 to provide financial support for innovative projects and programs to improve access to civil and family justice. The McLachlin Fund prioritizes projects and programs that address a defined access to justice problem in a way that can be effectively evaluated and scaled-up or adopted elsewhere if successful.

The McLachlin Fund was established to support innovative projects and programs that are: 

  1. working to improve civil and family justice by developing and implementing practical solutions to enhance access to justice;
  2. stimulating innovation in the administration of civil and family justice;
  3. developing evidence-based methods for evaluating outcomes in the civil and family justice system;
  4. supporting collaboration and knowledge-sharing amongst jurisdictions and stakeholders; and
  5. raising awareness of and commitment to the need for improved access to civil and family justice at all levels of the justice system.

Collaborations are welcome, as are pilot projects with the potential to scale up or be replicated elsewhere in Canada if successful. Projects need not be national in scope – projects with provincial/territorial and regional/local scopes are welcome.

The McLachlin Fund will not support:

  1. capital expenses; and
  2. projects that are being delivered outside of Canada.

 

Eligibility:  

Applicants from throughout Canada are invited to apply. Successful applicants will have a strong record delivering programs that facilitate and/or evaluate access to civil and family justice on a regional or national level. Successful applicants will also have demonstrated capacity to deliver and evaluate their proposed project and to contribute to a national dialogue on enhancing access to civil and family justice. Applicants must be either a registered charity or other qualified donee under the Income Tax Act, or a registered non-profit organization. A non-incorporated organization may apply in partnership with an eligible organization. The eligible organization must serve as the lead applicant.

Amount: Applicants can apply for between $20,000 and $60,000 per year for up to three years (between $60,000 and $180,000 in total multi-year funding).

Deadlines:

Letter of Intent Due: April 9, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

 *The McLachlin Fund strongly encourages applicants to contact program staff at info@mclachlin.ca before preparing their letter of intent to arrange a time to discuss the proposal. Applicants should contact the McLachlin Fund no later than March 26, 2021. 

Applicants that are invited to submit a full application based on their letter of intent are advised to work with the McLachlin Fund to develop their proposals.

Website: Funding | McLachlin

Upcoming Deadlines

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April 09, 2022April 09, 2022 *
16:00:00 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: McLachlin Fund - Call for Proposals The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Fund (“McLachlin Fund”) was established in 2019 to provide financial support for innovative projects and programs to improve access to civil and family justice. The McLachlin Fund has not reached its full capital goal and plans to grant up to a total of $180,000 to projects with the potential to improve access to civil and family justice in Canada. Please see the funding opportunity link for more details. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.

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