The Law Foundation of Tasmania

The Law Foundation of Tasmania makes grants for law related projects which are in accordance with the Foundation’s objects which include:

  1. The principal object of the Foundation is to advance the development of, access to and administration of a fair and equitable justice system in Tasmania for the benefit of the general public.
  2. The other objects of the Foundation are:
    • to fund or otherwise advance, or undertake legal research which is likely to promote the principal object, or the maintenance and just reform of the law in Tasmania;
    • to fund or otherwise advance education which is likely to promote the principal object including community legal education and legal education in schools in Tasmania;
    • to fund or otherwise promote the study of law in Universities, the practical legal training of law graduates, and the education and training of Australian legal practitioners and employees of law practices in Tasmania;
    • to fund, purchase, establish, maintain and improve law libraries in Tasmania in order to promote the principal object;
    • to publish or fund the publication of materials related to the law in Tasmania or connected with the objects of the Foundation;
    • to fund or otherwise advance legal aid or pro-bono legal services in Tasmania;
    • to establish and maintain a public fund to promote the objects of the Foundation; and
    • to do anything incidental or conducive to carrying out the objects of the Foundation.

Members of the Foundation
The Foundation’s members are:

  • The President, Vice-President and immediate past President of the Law Society of Tasmania
  • The Chair of the Solicitors Trust
  • Nominees of the Attorney-General and the Tasmanian Bar Inc
  • The Society will publish the application period each year in the Society’s member newsletter and on this website. The application period closes 16 February 2024.
  • When the application period opens, applications are invited from individuals and organisations who wish to apply for a grant in respect of projects which would further the objects of the Foundation (see above).
  • Before submitting their application, applicants are recommended to read the Application Guidelines, here. These guidelines are also available to read below. If you require further information contact the Secretary of the Law Foundation of Tasmania at, or by contacting the Society on (03) 6234 4133.
  • The Law Foundation is interested in making grants to cover a wide variety of undertakings, provided they come within its objects. Preference will be given to innovative proposals based on a sound strategy, to be executed by individuals with the skills and commitment to accomplish the work proposed.
  • There is no maximum or minimum amount.
  • Grants may be made subject to conditions and/or to regular reporting.
  • A condition of acceptance of an application is that the Foundation reserves the right to seek independent advice regarding the merits of any particular application, or to refer an application to other funding bodies for the purposes of seeking supplementary funding.
  • Successful applicants will be required to cooperate fully with any publicity sought by the Foundation over the making of a grant.

Priority Areas
There are some issues which are of particular interest to the Foundation. It will give priority to projects aimed at reducing expenses and delay in litigation, and projects which seek to improve community access to the law, and education about it.

Attendance at Conferences and Travel
The Foundation will not generally make funds available to private individuals for these purposes unless the application is incidental to a project funded by the Foundation.

Organisation of Conferences
The Foundation will consider applications for funds for this purpose. Any grant will normally be limited to the provision of accommodation and airfares (where applicable) for a guest speaker.

Building and Maintenance Projects
The Foundation will not generally support building projects, or the general maintenance or overhead expenses or institutions or organisations.

Public Appeals
The Foundation will not generally contribute to public appeals.

An acknowledgment will be sought in any publication resulting from a project or activity which is funded by the Foundation.

1. Details of the Applicant Applicants, whether an organisation, group or individual, must provide details of their aims, primary functions or activities and achievements. These details should include information about special knowledge, experience or interest in the project. In the case of an organisation, the application should include names of all members of any management committee or group responsible for its day to day running. The name and phone number of a person who can provide further information (if required) is helpful.

2. Details of the Proposal A full description of the proposed project or activity should be provided. This may include references to work undertaken elsewhere, and the benefits of Foundation funding should be clearly addressed. The Foundation regards it as essential that the community receives a demonstrable benefit from the project undertaken.

3. Budget Applicants should include a budget providing full details of each head of expenditure. The budget should include the following, if relevant.

  • Salaries
  • Postage
  • Equipment
  • Stationery
  • Data Processing
  • Taxation
  • Data Analysis
  • Printing
  • Travel
  • Other purchases of equipment and information. It should also include details of funding obtained or sought from any other source. The budget will undergo careful scrutiny by the Foundation. For each item the least costly alternative should be proposed. For example. The cost of research assistance should be commensurate with the level of skills required for the proposed tasks. Proposals involving printing, the purchase of equipment or services, should, if possible, include three written quotations and the availability of second hand equipment should be the subject of comment.

4. Timetable Applicants should include a detailed timetable of the proposed activity, including:

  • the date on which the project is to commence;
  • the anticipated dates of commencement and completion of each major stage; and
  • the proposed date of completion of the project.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by email to