The Law Foundation of British Columbia has established the Public Interest Law Participation Fund (the “Participation Fund”), a new annual fund of $100,000, effective January 1, 2018. The maximum amount of any Participation Fund grant is $10,000.
The purpose of the Participation Fund is to enhance public participation in public interest law matters in British Columbia – particularly, to address:
- The need to support the inclusion in public interest law matters of perspectives and voices not otherwise represented through Law Foundation funding; and
- The need to support the balancing of differing public interests and perspectives, including urban and rural.
Any organization or individual resident in British Columbia may apply. Applicants will be given priority if they demonstrate that their participation would not be possible without the requested funding, and that their participation will broaden the diversity, inclusiveness and balance of views being discussed. Participation Fund grants are intended to support public participation in proceedings arising in a formal legal process convened by a governmental, regulatory or other public body, and demonstrating the following qualities:
- Raises an issue or issues concerning the public at large and falling within one of the Law Foundation’s mandate areas (legal education, legal research, legal aid, law reform and law libraries);
- Provides opportunity for public input;
- Including public hearings, public inquiries, and public consultation; and
- Including non-public proceedings that raise an issue of public interest (certain coroner’s inquests).
For more information on the types of expenses covered, details of the application process, and application guides, see the Law Foundation website.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Bill McIntosh, Program Director (firstname.lastname@example.org / 604-689-2048) to discuss their applications prior to submission.