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How to apply for funding

Here’s how to develop a Connecting project and apply for funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario (the Foundation):

Step 1

Email CLEO’s Connecting Communities Training Partnerships team and arrange to meet by phone or in person. Make sure you read our funding criteria and tips for a successful application so you know what’s required. If you have a short outline of what you want to do (maximum one page), please include it.

If your ideas are not yet fully developed, contact us and we can help you develop them. For example, we can help you brainstorm ideas, explain ways other projects have developed training, or help find partner organizations or legal expertise.

Step 2

Once CLEO believes that you meet all the requirements for the Connecting Communities Training Partnerships scheme, we will ask for feedback from the Foundation.

Connecting Communities applications are considered by the Foundation’s Trustees on a rolling basis. There is no deadline to apply for a Connecting Communities Training Partnerships project.

Step 3

The Foundation will review your outline and may ask CLEO to get more information from you. We can help you answer their questions.

If the Foundation agrees that your idea is worth pursuing, we will ask you to complete a full proposal using the Foundation’s Responsive Grant Application form. CLEO will submit the proposal to the Foundation on your behalf. The decision will be made by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.

Step 4

If the Foundation's Board of Trustees agrees to fund your training project, you will sign an agreement with the Foundation. The agreement will  outline the conditions of the funding and how and when you need to report to the Foundation. We ask that you copy your CLEO contact on communication and reports you send to the Foundation.

Step 5

The Foundation requires someone from your project team to participate in the Connecting Communities Training Partnerships Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is composed mostly of people from current and past Connecting Communities Training Partnerships projects. It is part of a provincial network that connects regularly to share their experience in public legal education.

Step 6

CLEO will host an orientation call for everyone involved in your project, and members of the Connecting Communities Training Partnerships Advisory Committee will be invited to make suggestions or connections that could help your project. Throughout your project, CLEO’s Connecting Communities Training Partnerships team is available to you to offer support. You need to ask the Foundation for permission to make changes to your budget or project after it is funded, but CLEO can advise you on how to do this.

CLEO’s role is to help solve problems, increase the impact of your training or find opportunities to expand or share your training with others. If feasible, someone from CLEO will attend your training.

Step 7

At the end of your training project, you will share your training materials with CLEO and meet by phone or in person with us in an exit interview to share lessons learned and your suggestions for Connecting Communities. This is in addition to the final report you will submit to the Foundation.

Many organizations decide to remain part of the Connecting Communities Advisory Committee after their training project is finished, although that is not a requirement.