Information for Applicants

The Law Foundation of Tasmania is an Association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1964. There are eight members of the Foundation.

  • The President of the Law Society of Tasmania (Chairman);
  • The Vice-President and another nominee of the Law Society of Tasmania;
  • the President of the Tasmanian Bar Association;
  • the Chairman of the Solicitors’ Trust;
  • two nominees of the Attorney-General.

The Foundation makes grants for law related projects which are in accordance with the Foundation’s objects.

Objects of the Foundation

  1. to investigate or inquire into proposals for the improvement of the administration of law;
  2. to promote or undertake legal research which in the opinion of the Foundation may be of value in the reform of law;
  3. to promote legal education including the education and training of legal practitioners and persons employed by legal practitioners in any subject or field which in the opinion of the Foundation is likely to promote the efficient practice of law;
  4. to purchase, establish, maintain and improve law libraries;
  5. to promote or undertake community education in law and the legal system, including programs in schools;
  6. to communicate to legal practitioners and other persons, information on the law and matters related to the law;
  7. to publish or subsidize the publication of materials relating to, resulting from or in connection with carrying out the objects of the Foundation;
  8. to provide and promote legal aid;
  9. to make gifts to the Solicitors’ Trust constituted under the Legal Profession Act 2007;
  10. to do anything incidental or conducive to the carrying out of the foregoing objects.

Information to Applicants

The 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.

Grants for Particular Purposes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Organization 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.
  4. Building and Maintenance Projects
    The Foundation will not generally support building projects, or the general maintenance or overhead expenses or institutions or organizations.
  5. Public Appeals
    The Foundation will not generally contribute to public appeals.
  6.  Publications
    An acknowledgment will be sought in any publication resulting from a project or activity which is funded by the Foundation.

Approaching the Foundation

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by email to

Application Guidelines

  1. Details of the Applicant
    Applicants, whether an organization, 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 organization, 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 addressedThe Foundation regards it as essential that the community receives a demonstratable benefit from the project undertaken.
  3. The 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 informationIt 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.


Luke Rheinberger