Application Information


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.


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.


Applications are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness of the project 
  • Anticipated impact

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Grants cannot be used to pay for any indirect costs, operating expenses, capital projects, budget deficits, general fund drives, annual charitable appeals, scholarships, sabbaticals, or the holding of conferences or seminars. Requests for grant funding 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 for application for this year is May 1, 2024. Further information can be obtained by e-mailing or by calling toll-free at 1-800-267-8860.
Address application to:

The Law for the Future Fund 
The Canadian Bar Association
66 Slater Street, Suite 1200
Ottawa, ON K1P 5H1