Application Information

Purpose

Established as a registered charity in 1984, the Law for the Future Fund provides financial support for legal research conducted under the auspices of the Canadian Bar Foundation. The Fund was established by donations from individual lawyers, law firms, legal organizations and foundations, as well as corporations.

The Fund has supported many worthwhile initiatives since it was established in 1984. Examples include systems of justice, racial equality, court reform, law and ethics in health care, gender equality and conflict of interest.

Scope 

The Law for the Future Fund sponsors projects that are of national interest and/or are of benefit to the general public. Projects must be in one of the following fields: 

  • Legal research
  • Legal education 
  • Legislation and law reform 
  • Administration of justice

Only Canadian projects will be considered.

Criteria 

Applications are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness of the project 
  • Anticipated impact

Application 

Applications must contain all the following information:

  1. Title of project 
  2. Name of institution  
  3. Federal charitable registration number (mandatory) 
  4. Address, telephone number and fax number 
  5. Contact person (project leader) 
  6. Proposal must include:
    1. Executive summary 
    2. Definition of the problem 
    3. Rationale for proposed project 
    4. Methodology 
    5. Anticipated impact and target group 
    6. Timetable 
    7. Preliminary itemized budget for project 
    8. Method of evaluation 
  7. Key personnel 
  8. Other sources of funding applied for and results 

The following documents must accompany the application:

  1. Organization's budget for the current and preceding year 
  2. Audited financial statement for organization 
  3. Brief history of organization and its purposes 
  4. List of Board of Directors of organizations

Exclusions 

No support can be given for capital projects, ongoing operating expenses, budget deficits, general fund drives, annual charitable appeals, scholarships, sabbaticals, the holding of conferences or seminars. Requests relating exclusively to publication costs, equipment purchases and travel costs cannot be considered. No permanent commitments are made to support any type of project. Individuals applying for grants must do so under the auspices of organizations which are qualified donees under the Income Tax Act. No grants are made to projects which would result in financial gain to an individual or organization.

Additional Conditions 

The Law For The Future Fund and its related organizations have all the rights and privileges to use the results of all research funded.

Each project must be on an annual basis.

Deadline 

Deadline for application is set for October 15 of each year. Further information can be obtained by e-mailing Rachelle Watson at rachellew@cba.org or by calling toll-free at 1-800-267-8860.
Address application to:

The Law for the Future Fund 
The Canadian Bar Association
865 Carling Avenue - Suite 500
Ottawa, ON K1S 5S8