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865 The Law Foundation of Ontario The Law Foundation of Ontario was established in 1973, under an amendment to the Law Society Act, as a corporation without share capital.
The Foundation was created to receive interest earned on monies held in lawyers' mixed trust accounts. At least 75% of the net revenue received from this interest must be paid to Legal Aid Ontario. The surplus goes to grants for projects that involve legal education and legal research, legal aid, and the maintenance and operation of law libraries.
The Law Foundation concentrates on projects that have a long-term impact on the legal community and those it serves. In an effort to help provide free legal assistance to individuals and organizations, the Foundation has in the past awarded grants to organizations such as Pro Bono Students Canada and the Volunteer Lawyers' Service.
Individuals and organizations may apply directly to the Law Foundation for a grant. Applications are first reviewed and then brought before the Board of Trustees, which meets at frequent intervals throughout the year.
In 1998, The Law Foundation received revenues of over 26 million dollars from lawyers' mixed trust accounts. Legal Aid Ontario received just under 20 million and the remaining 6 million dollars was set aside for grants to be distributed in 1999.
For more information about The Law Foundation, or to apply for a grant, simply call (416) 598-1550, or visit their offices at 20 Queen Street West, Suite 2210 in Toronto.