LAO welcomes applications from legal clinics and community partners for new funding

TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Legal aid clinics and community partners can now apply to Legal Aid Ontario's (LAO's) $2 million Fund to Strengthen the Capacity of Community and Legal Clinics, which supports innovative and enhanced services that increase the number of clients served in a cost-effective manner.

This fund will support:

  • initiatives expected to become self-funding within three years, with a program impact that continues into the future
  • the development of pilots for the delivery of legal services at sites within a community, in partnership and collaboration with student legal aid services and existing legal clinics.

Those eligible to apply include:

  • all community legal clinics, student legal aid service societies (SLASS) and other community organizations which provide or could provide poverty law services
  • a single community legal clinic, community organization or SLASS or joint proposals from several parties
  • applicants with one- to three-year projects or initiatives.

Interested organizations can apply for this fund by completing the fund application form that can be found on LAO's website: http://legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1311-07_newfundapplications.asp

The deadline for submitting an application is January 15, 2014.

The $2 million for this fund, along with the $1 million Clinic Transformation Fund, are 30 per cent of the $10 million in additional funding LAO has received from the government for 2013/14, as announced in the May 2013 budget.

SOURCE: Legal Aid Ontario

For further information:

Kristian Justesen
Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations Group
416-979-2352, ext.4782
justesk@lao.on.ca or media@lao.on.ca


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