The NSW Government established the Access to Justice Innovation Fund (AJIF) to support innovative ideas to improve or enhance access to justice in NSW.
The AJIF distributes up to $250,000 (excl. GST) in seed funding per year, for four years, commencing in 2019-20. The minimum grant that may be applied for is $50,000. Multiple grants may be awarded in each financial year, to a total value of $250,000.
Grants will be allocated to new, low cost, high impact projects that reduce evidenced-based barriers to the justice system, with a focus on communities experiencing disadvantage. Projects must be focused on areas falling within the NSW Government’s legislative responsibility.
Administered by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, the AJIF will provide grants for initiatives with an access to justice focus, including those that will:
• Explore new approaches to the delivery of legal assistance services and the resolution of legal problems
• Help people to navigate and access the justice system
• Promote collaborative approaches to reducing barriers to justice
• Demonstrate how technology or innovative service delivery can improve access to and user experience of the justice system.
Applications for funding between $50,000 to $250,000 can be submitted. Multiple grants may be awarded in 2022-23 to the value of $250,000.
Who is eligible?
An organisation applying for funds must be a non-government organisation, not-for-profit organisation, or a business that provides services to people living in NSW.
Government entities are not eligible to apply. Private individuals wishing to apply may only do so through partnership with an organisational entity.
To apply, your organisation must have existed for two complete and consecutive financial year periods, and provide financial information for the two previous financial years.