Legal Services Board awards over $2 million in funding to 10 major projects
September 21, 2012
The Legal Services Board has awarded approximately $2.1 million in funding to 10 major grants recipients in the 2012 Major Grants Round. The funding was awarded to recipients whose projects aim to promote and improve the legal and justice system in Victoria.
The purpose of each project must be for law reform, legal and judicial education, legal research or any other purpose relating to the legal profession or the law that the Board considers appropriate.
Projects that received funding in the latest round of Major Grants included:
- Identifying issues and proposing the best approach to establishing a specialist Court list to respond to child sexual abuse cases in the Family Division of the Melbourne Children’s Court.
- Providing justice support for people with disabilities to six regional and remote courts in north east Victoria.
- Educating newly arrived refugees to enhance their understanding of parenting, family law and family violence matters.
Legal Services Board Chairperson, Colin Neave AM, said that he was pleased with the variety of worthy projects put forward by applicants for grants.
“Grants were awarded to a wide variety of organisations serving to address gaps in legal education and services. The projects reflect the ways in which the law impacts upon the lives of members of the community. In particular, the projects awarded in this round will benefit young people, people in rural Victoria, people living with cancer, women seeking intervention orders and not for profit organizations.”
Mr Neave said he was delighted that the Legal Services Board is able to continue to fund projects that deliver invaluable services to the community, particularly to those who face greater challenges in accessing the justice system.
The Grants Program is funded through the Public Purpose Fund, which is administered by the Board. Grants are awarded in two streams: the Project Grants stream, which funds projects with budgets of up to $60,000 and the Major Grants stream, which funds projects with budgets over $60,000. All successful grant applications have been approved by the Attorney-General on the recommendation of the Board.
The complete list of projects funded through the Major Grants can be downloaded from the Media Resources page.