Apply for Grants

IMPORTANT UPDATE: THE LAW FOUNDATION IS GOING INTO RECESS. The last day for acceptance of grant applications will be 31 July 2020. Please refer to the announcement on our news page. All approved grants and scholarships on its books at 31 July 2020 will be honoured and the Foundation will continue to function until these projects are completed.

Applications for legal research grants, general law grants and Information Law & Policy Project grants, will be considered from institutions, organisations and individuals for projects or research that are in keeping with the principles that guide Law Foundation funding decisions.

Deadlines for grant applications until the Foundation goes into recess are:

  • Legal Research and General Law grants: 5pm Monday 24th February 2020; and finally 5pm on Friday 31st July 2020.
  • Information Law & Policy Project grants: This project completed in mid 2019. No more applications will be accepted under this project. All existing projects will be supported until concluded.
  • Conference funding grants: Final chance for applications closes 5pm on Friday 31st July 2020.

Note: Because of our recess decision, we can no longer accept applications for projects longer than 18months or for more $100,000.  Please contact our Director to discuss your ideas, particularly if you are unsure about whether your application would be accepted.

Applications are made online on this page for all grant types using the ‘Apply Here’ link below. Before applying for grants please read the application guidelines and standard grant terms documents – these set out our processes, principles that guide our funding decisions, what you should include in your application. and other frequently asked questions (see below). Then contact our Director to informally discuss preliminary ideas before submitting proposals: Lynda Hagen phone 04-499-1038.

For Information Law & Policy Project (ILAPP) work, please refer to the information on the project page.

Application Guidelines & Process

Full information on our grants, what to include in your application and how to apply online can be downloaded here Guidelines for Grant Application PDF. You should read this document before applying, then follow the ‘Apply Here’ link below to start the application process. Please also review the Standard Grant Terms to familiarise yourself with the terms that will apply to your grant if successful.

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Applications are made online. Apply Here.

If you do not receive a notification that your application has been successfully submitted, then please contact us to check it has been received. Phone Lynda Hagen on 04-499 1038 or email if you have any queries or concerns with your application.

History of previous Law Foundation Grants

For information about all previous grants we have funded Click Here

Co-funding arrangement with the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation

There are now two funders of independent legal research in New Zealand – the New Zealand Law Foundation and the Borrin Foundation. We have established a collaborative relationship. This includes a commitment from the Borrin Foundation to contribute up to $150,000 in 2019 to co-funded projects with the New Zealand Law Foundation. If you believe your application to the Law Foundation is suitable for NZLF-Borrin co-funding, you should note that in your application to us and contact our Executive Director to discuss your ideas. After the Law Foundation goes into recess, we suggest you apply to the Borrin Foundation as a potential source of funding for your research projects.


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