The Andrews Labor Government is asking community legal centres to apply for grants as part of a $3.2 million investment to guarantee better access to justice for disadvantaged Victorians.
Grants opened on Monday 29 June for the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, worth $2 million over two years, and the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund grants, worth $1.2 million in 2015-16.
The Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 per centre per annum for Victorian-based community legal centres to deliver legal assistance services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.
The Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund aims to support Victorian-based community legal centres to deliver additional family violence services in the Magistrates’ Court. The grant will provide funding of a single lump sum payment of up to $50,000 per centre.
Applications for the grants close at midnight 27 July 2015 and should be submitted to the Department of Justice & Regulation online via the website: www.CLCgrants.smartygrants.com.au
(Source: media release, Office of the Premier and Cabinet, 29 June 2015).